What Are Your Safety Rankings?
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04-10-2012, 02:20 PM
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What Are Your Safety Rankings?
Here are my safety rankings so far. I have yet to evaluate a number of prospects; anyone not listed has not been evaluated fully yet. Most of the evaluations are based on film rather than workout numbers or background information except where noted.
SS Mark Barron, Alabama (6'1", 213, 4.56) (FS)
Has all of the qualities which make a safety great except top-notch hips; very aggressive in all facets of the game and has terrific ball skills. Won't be exposed against either the pass or run.
SS Harrison Smith, Notre Dame (6'2", 213, 4.57) (FS)
Could potentially go in the first round due to a lack of top safeties but is not enough of a difference-maker to warrant a first-round grade; well-rounded and dependable but hands are sub-par.
SS Antonio Allen, South Carolina (6'2", 210, 4.67)
Played almost exclusively in the box at South Carolina but excelled in the role; plays off of blocks well and is a terrific hitter/tackler with ideal size. Cone drill helps make up for 40-yard dash time.
SS George Iloka, Boise St. (6'4", 225, 4.66) (FS/CB)
Played everywhere in the secondary at Boise St. and has elite height but is not as physical or explosive as the prospects in the first two rounds and may be more limited in the NFL than he was in college.
FS Markelle Martin, Oklahoma St. (6'1", 207, 4.45)
Physical makeup is that of a starting free safety and is also a sound tackler but does not have the anticipatory skills of a top prospect and is guilty of taking poor angles at times.
SS DeQuan Menzie, Alabama (5'11", 202, 4.74) (CB/FS)
Primarily played CB but his poor Combine showing may lead to a change. Ran a 4.59 at Alabama's pro day and turned in a 6.93 on the cone; quality blitzer and tackler.
FS Brandon Taylor, Louisiana St. (5'11", 209, 4.58) (CB/SS)
Highly regarded defensive leader who could contribute at either safety spot and plays with confidence and swagger but gets overly aggressive and misses too many tackles.
SS Cyhl Quarles, Wake Forest (6'2", 213, 4.62) (FS)
Jacked with terrific size and bulk and is a physical, sound tackler as well; was used in coverage at times but is at his best when playing in the box as a strong safety.
FS Phillip Thomas, Syracuse* (5'11", 198, 4.74) (SS)
Plays faster than he timed and has the frame of an NFL free safety but was suspended from Syracuse's program and is not particularly smooth.
FS Christian Thompson, South Carolina St. (6'0", 211, 4.50) (SS)
Transferred from Auburn due to academic issues and will face character concerns. Has an intriguing skillset but does not play up to his workout numbers.
FS Trenton Robinson, Michigan St. (5'10", 195, 4.52) (CB)
Intriguing physical tools make him a potential third safety in the NFL but is inconsistent and can be fooled by double moves; not a great tackler.
FS Aaron Henry, Wisconsin (6'0", 203, 4.52)
Possesses the size to start at free safety and is fairly reliable in coverage but has terrible tackling form (dive at the legs and hope for the best.)
SS Jerrell Young, South Florida (6'1", 209, 4.60) (FS)
Aggressive in run support and certainly looks the part; more of a strong safety than a free safety but could carve out a backup role in the NFL.
SS Charles Mitchell, Mississippi St. (5'11", 202, 4.63)
Solid measurables and three years of starting experience should make Mitchell a late-round option but he lacks the range and instincts to start.
FS Sean Cattouse, California (6'2", 211, 4.74)
Improved each year at California and contributed on special teams but does not play with the aggressiveness or physicality his size suggests; very nice cone.
SS Kelcie McCray, Arkansas St. (6'2", 202, 4.54)
Intriguing physical specimen who should receive a camp invitation. Aggressive hitter but is raw as a prospect and blows far too many coverages.
SS Duke Ihenacho, San Jose St. (6'0", 213, 4.68)
Has prototypical size and three years of starting experience but lacks athleticism/speed and is a below-average tackler especially given his size.
SS Tony Dye, UCLA (5'10", 201, 4.56)
Dye's frame and hips are suited to the NFL, but his recognition deficiencies lead to false steps and he missed most of last season with a neck injury.
FS Tramaine Thomas, Arkansas (6'0", 204, 4.61) (SS)
Three years of starting experience in the SEC won't be enough for teams to overlook his hips, which were exposed with his abysmal 8.01 in the cone drill.
SS Winston Guy, Kentucky (6'1", 218, 4.70)
Productive two-year starter who plays near the line of scrimmage but lacks the balance, ball skills, speed, and aggressiveness to contribute in the NFL.
Matt Daniels, Duke - did not see any Duke games this season and can't find any game tape
Brandon Hardin, Oregon St. - I no longer have 2010 tape of Oregon St.; missed the 2011 season
Janzen Jackson, McNeese St. - I no longer have any of Jackson's tape from Tennessee and can't find any from McNeese St.
Matt Merletti, North Carolina - upcoming!
Jerron McMillian, Maine - I wasn't able to find any tape of Maine
Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt - upcoming!
Last edited by Matthew Jones : 04-10-2012 at 06:53 PM.
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