2019 NFL DRAFT: TOP RANKED SAFETIES
This safety class is really deep. There’s the top 12, and those guys should go in the first three rounds. Savage, Thornhill, and Hooker, anyone of them has a chance to sneak into the bottom of the first round. However, it’s more likely that the run on these top 12 safeties will begin in second round.
There’s a second tier of about 12 guys and they should go in the middle rounds. The two small school guys, Malik Davis and Billy Inge, have speed and kick return experience.
Finally, there’s the last group of 14, and they’ll go in the late rounds or be signed as UDFAs.
1. Darnell Savage, Maryland, 5-11/198
Savage had an impressive Combine, he ran a 4.36 with very good numbers in the broad jump and the vertical jump. Showed light feet and fluid hips. However, what really stands out about Savage is his playing speed. Turn on the game film, and he is consistently the fastest player on the field. Plays exceptionally well downhill. Looks like a first round pick.
2. Juan Thornhill, Virginia, 6-0/205
Physically, Thornhill tested off the charts for a cornerback. He had a 4.42 forty, 21 reps of 225 on the bench, a 44″ vertical jump, and a 141″ broad jump. A former basketball star, his athleticism shows up on film. Will sacrifice his body, but not a thumper.
3. Amani Hooker, Iowa, 5-11/210
Instinctive player with loose hips and light feet. Has good agility and size. Will fly to the ball and is eager to throw his body into the ball carrier. Good at tracking the ball in the air and will go for the pick.
4. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida, 5-11/210
Gardner-Johnson is a play-maker who improved tremendously in 2018. He looks to be a player on the rise. Has very good coverage skills. Can shadow receivers and has good closing speed. A bit of a ball-hawk. Willing tackler that does not hesitate.
5. Taylor Rapp, Washington, 6-0/208
High football IQ, anticipates well. Well -built and likes to play aggressive. Solid tackler that takes good angles. Didn’t run the forty at the Combine, but came in under 4.0 in the 20-yard shuttle. One of Rapp’s goals is to become the games highest drafted Chinese-American player. If teams overlook his poor Pro Day performance, he could go higher.
6. Deionte Thompson, Alabama, 6-1/195
Thompson has a ton of potential. He didn’t run at the Combine or his Pro Day (has a screw in his wrist), but is reported to run in the 4.3’s. Physically, he looks the part. Quick, fluid, light feet and good hips.
7. Sheldrick Redwine, Miami, 6-0/196
Redwine had a good Senior Bowl showing and a good Combine too. He’s a well-built safety will good field awareness. Can cover well enough to stay on the field and fill the slot. His versatility will be an asset.
8. Will Harris, Boston College, 6-1/207
Hard hitting safety from Boston College, Harris was a four-year starter. Harris can blitz, cover receivers, and put the screws to a running back. Also adds special teams experience.
9. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State, 5-11/205
Abram is that guy everyone tags as the “pure strong safety” in this group. He plays exceptionally well in the box, that is true. But don’t be fooled, Abram has played both safety positions in his career. He has shown good fluidity and enough speed to cover the back end.
10. Marvel Tell III, USC, 6-2/198
Tell hasn’t received the press some of the other safeties have, but he’s got good quickness. Tall and lanky, yet muscular. Can go sideline-to-sideline and would make a good high (or free) safety at the next level.
11. Nasir Adderely, Delaware, 6-0/206
Was talked about in the most positive of terms over and over again at the Senior Bowl. Had a good week to back up those opinions. Has excellent range and short-area quickness. Matches up well in coverage. Could be moved to nickel.
12. Marquise Blair, Utah, 6-1/195
Blair is another safety that loves to hit. Unfortunately, he’s not as big as Harris or Abram, and so won’t be drafted as high. Runs all over the field and is a tone setter for his team.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Saquan Hampton, Rutgers, 6-1/206
- Mike Edwards, Kentucky, 5-10/205
- Darius West, Kentucky, 5-11/208
- Zedric Woods, Mississippi, 5-11/205
- Nick Scott, Penn State, 5-11/201
- Tyree Kinnel, Michigan, 5-11/209
- Malik Davis, Austin Peay, 5-11/191
- Billy Inge III, East Stroudsburg, 5-9/188
- Evan Worthington, Colorado, 6-2/212
- Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, 6-0/209
- Ugo Amadi, Oregon, 5-9/199
- Khari Willis, Michigan State, 5-11/213
- Jamal Peters, Mississippi State, 6-2/218
- Kyle Gibson, UCF, 5-11/185
- Parker Baldwin, San Diego State, 6-2/215
- Kiy Hester, Rutgers, 6-0/208
- Bisi Johnson, Colorado, 6-0/204
- Ridwan Issahaku, Texas Christian, 6-1/193
- Malik Gant, Marshall, 6-0/209
- Luke Denis, Boston College, 5-11/190
- Jaquan Johnson, Miami, 5-10/191
- John Battle, LSU, 6-3/203
- Adarius Pickett, UCLA, 5-11/203
- Anthony Gore, Jr., Kennesaw State, 6-0/201
- D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin, 5-10/200
- Mike Bell, Fresno State, 6-3/205
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.