2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Safeties



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 safety prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 15, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/15/18: Abram has 16 tackles so far in 2018, but he will miss some playing time because of a targeting penalty after he cleaned out a player versus Kansas State. Sources have been impressed with Abram this season and say he plays the game the right way. He is a physical enforcer in the middle of the field who is a good run defender and functional in pass coverage. One source said that Abram reminds him of former Texas A&M safety Justin Evans, a second-round pick of Tampa Bay in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Abram checks in at 5-foot-11, 207-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds. He has 31 inch arms, 9.5 inch hands, and a wingspan of 74.5 inches.

    In speaking with multiple area scouts who cover the Southeast, Abram received some praise for helping himself in 2017. He was a physical defender and around the ball consistently for the Bulldogs. Abram totaled 71 tackles with five passes broken up and two forced fumbles on the season. Team evaluators feel that Abram is a solid player with starting potential.






  2. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson*, S, Florida
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/15/18: Gardner-Johnson has 13 tackles, 2.5 for a loss and two sacks in 2018. He's played well for the Gators and has been a productive presence in the middle of the field.

    8/29/18: Gardner-Johnson was a solid safety in 2017, helping in the run game and in pass defense. He had 58 tackles with seven passes broken up and two interceptions on the year. Gardner-Johnson flashed as a freshman in 2016 as a backup behind a secondary filled with NFL talent. Gardner-Johnson showed potential to also contribute in man coverage as he had with three interceptions over the final three games of 2016.


  3. Marvell Tell III, S, USC
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    9/15/18: Tell has eight tackles thus far this season. He had a decent game against Stanford, but wasn't really tested in pass coverage.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Tell was a solid defender for the Trojans, totaling 85 tackles with two passes broken up and three interceptions. He contributed 43 tackles as a sophomore and 36 as a freshman. Over those two years, he had six breakups and an interception. Tell has a tall and long frame that helps him to match up against bigger receivers and tight ends.




  4. Lukas Denis, S, Boston College
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/15/18: Denis has an interception and three tackles so far in 2018.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Denis checks in at 5-foot-11, 187-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. He has 31.13 inch arms, 9.25 inch hands, and a wingspan of 75 inches.

    Denis was a ballhawk for Boston College in 2017, totaling seven interceptions with 10 passes broken up. He also had 83 tackles. It was a breakout year for Denis, and he would be rated higher if he had more size to him. Gaining weight and getting stronger will be important for Denis.


  5. Taylor Rapp*, S, Washington
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/15/18: Rapp has seven tackles with two sacks to this point in the season.

    8/29/18: Rapp was a solid defender for Washington as a sophomore. In 2017, he totaled 59 tackles with two sacks and one interception. Rapp played well as a freshman for the Huskies in 2016 and performed well as the strong safety next to Budda Baker. Rapp totaled 53 tackles with two passes broken up, one forced fumble and four interceptions that season. Rapp is a quality strong safety who needs to impress with cover skills in 2018.


  6. Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/15/18: So far in 2018, Johnson has 15 tackles.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Johnson checks in at 5-foot-10, 190-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. He has 29.63 inch arms, 8.13 inch hands, and a wingspan of 70.88 inches.

    The Hurricanes reestablished themselves as a team to be reckoned with in 2017, and their turnover chain became a media sensation. The player who sported that chain most often for the Hurricanes was Johnson, who totaled four interceptions and three forced fumbles on the year. The junior also was a solid run defender with 96 tackles. Johnson showed big improvement over his sophomore year, during which he had 38 tackles and two breakups with an interception. If Johnson were bigger, he would be rated higher.






  7. Khaleke Hudson*, S, Michigan
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/15/18: Thus far in 2018, Hudson has nine tackles.

    8/29/18: After serving as a backup during his freshman campaign, Hudson broke out in 2017. The first-year starter notched 83 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, nine passes broken up and two interceptions on the season. Hudson is an excellent blitzer with the upside to develop more coverage skills. He will be an interesting prospect to watch and has the potential to rise.


  8. David Dowell*, S, Michigan State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/15/18: Dowell has 10 tackles thus far this season.

    8/29/18: Michigan State has been a factory for NFL defensive backs, and Dowell could keep that tradition going. In his first year as a starter, Dowell was impressive with five interceptions, four passes broken up and 52 tackles. Adding some strength to his frame to tackle for the NFL will be necessary for him as an upperclassman.


  9. JoJo McIntosh, S, Washington
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 209.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/15/18: On the year, McIntosh has 10 tackles and a pass broken up.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data McIntosh checks in at 6-foot-1, 209-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds. He has a 32.75 inch arms, 8.5 inch hands, and a wingspan of 77.88 inches.

    In 2017, McIntosh formed a nice tandem with Taylor Rapp. McIntosh totaled 50 tackles with one pass broken up and an interception. In 2016, he had 67 tackles with two passes broken up. McIntosh has versatile size, but speed is a concern with him, per to team sources.




  10. Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/15/18: Adderley has nine tackles, one interception and one pass broken up so far in 2018.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Adderley checks in at 5-foot-11, 197-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds. He has 30 inch arms, nine inch hands, and a wingspan of 75.25 inches.

    Adderley had a big 2017 season with impressive production for Delaware. The junior recorded five interceptions with 78 tackles, two forced fumbles and three passes broken up for the year. Over the previous two seasons, Adderley totaled 12 breakups with 100 tackles and two interceptions. Impressing at an all-star game will be important for him.


  11. Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/15/18: On the season, Edwards has eight tackles and one pass broken up.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Edwards checks in at 5-foot-10, 201-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds. They have him down as having 30.75 inch arms, nine inch hands, and a 73.75 inch wingspan.

    Edwards has been a productive player over the past two years, and he would be rated higher if he were bigger. In 2017, Edwards totaled 97 tackles with seven passes broken up and four interceptions. He totaled 100 tackles with eight passes broken up and three interceptions during his sophomore season. If Edwards stays consistent as a senior, he could end up being a second-day pick despite the size concerns.


  12. Chris Johnson, S, North Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/15/18: Johnson has 15 tackles so far in 2018. In speaking to multiple sources, Johnson is emerging as somewhat of a love/hate prospect among scouts. Some are very high on him while others don't like him at all.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Johnson checks in at 6-foot-2, 194-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. He has 31.25 inch arms, nine inch hands, and a wingspan of 74.13 inches.

    Team sources say that Johnson is a small-school prospect who has impressed evaluators and made their preseason watch list of players who have the potential to be first- through fourth-round picks. In 2017, Johnson had six interceptions with 50 tackles for a loss and three passes broken up. He has good height and length but needs to add more to his frame. "[Johnson] is talented but needs development," said one advance scout. "He has outstanding instincts, ball skills, incredible intangibles, [is] lean and needs a year or two to just get bigger. He's a pure free safety and a weak tackler right now."


  13. Zedrick Woods, S, Ole Miss
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 204.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/15/18: Woods has 14 tackles thus far this year.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Woods is 5-foot-11, 204-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds. His arms check in at 31.75 inches with 10 inch hands, and a wingspan of 76.13 inches.

    Woods has turned in two solid seasons for the Rebels over 2017 and 2016. As a junior, he had 64 tackles with four passes broken up and zero interceptions. The previous season saw him collect three interceptions with 63 tackles and three passes broken up.




  14. Mark McLaurin, S, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    9/15/18: In 2018, McLaurin has 10 tackles with one for a loss.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, McLaurin checks in at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds. He has 32.5 inch arms, 9.38 inch hands, and a wingspan of 76 inches.

    Jonathan Abram has earned praise, but McLaurin was the safety who produced more splash plays for Mississippi State in 2017. McLaurin recorded six interceptions, one forced fumble, six passes broken up and 79 tackles on the year. He totaled 51 tackles with five break ups and two interceptions in 2016. McLaurin has a nice combination of size and speed with zone instincts and good hands. One would think that McLaurin might be rated higher.

    Team sources, however, say that McLaurin has coverage limitations and can't be an interchangeable free safety. He is not a fit to play the deep centerfield, can't cover in man outside of on slow tight ends, and had too many busted coverages. They also say that McLaurin missed a lot of tackles in space. For the NFL, they feel his only fit is for a strong safety role in a zone scheme. Hence, McLaurin is more of a mid-rounder entering his senior year.


  15. Saquan Hampton, S, Rutgers
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    9/15/18: On the year, Hampton has eight tackles.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team's preseason data, Hampton checks in at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. He has 31.13 inch arms, 8.5 inch hands, and a 74.5 inch wingspan.

    Hampton has been a contributor for Rutgers over the past three seasons, but has also dealt with some injuries. He missed nine contests over the past two years. In 2017, Hampton recorded 38 tackles with three passes broken up in eight games. He totaled 46 tackles with one breakup and an interception in 2016.


  16. Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 226.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    9/15/18: Simmons has 14 tackles with two passes broken up on the season.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Simmons totaled 45 tackles with three tackles for a loss and six passes broken up. There were no interceptions for that stat line. Simmons is a big strong safety who runs well for a player of his size. He could easily grow into a Will linebacker in the NFL.


  17. Jordan Fuller*, S, Ohio State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    9/15/18: Fuller has three tackles with one breakup thus far in 2018.

    8/29/18: Fuller could rise over the course of his junior year. He has the upside to evolve into a better player now that he has some experience. In his first year as a starter, Fuller totaled 70 tackles with two breakups and two interceptions.


  18. Andrew Wingard, S, Wyoming
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 209.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    9/15/18: So far in 2018, Wingard has 20 tackles.

    8/29/18: Wingard is a potential strong safety who is very productive in run defense. He has produced tremendous tackle totals over the past three years with 114, 131 and 122 tackles. His best season in pass coverage came as a junior with five interceptions and three passes broken up. Over those three years, he also collected five forced fumbles and 22.5 tackles for a loss. Getting to an all-star game and impressing in pass coverage will be critical for Wingard to rise.


  19. Jalen Thompson*, S, Washington State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 183.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    9/15/18: Thompson has seven tackles and two passes broken up on the season.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Thompson totaled 73 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up and four interceptions. It was a strong debut for the first-year starter. Thompson needs to add a lot of weight to his frame for the NFL.


  20. D'Cota Dixon, S, Wisconsin
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 204.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    9/15/18: So far this year, Dixon has 14 tackles with 1.5 for a loss.

    8/29/18: Dixon formed a capable safety tandem with Natrell Jamerson during the 2017 season. Dixon totaled 55 tackles with three breakups and one interception for the year. He had four interceptions, four breakups and 60 tackles during the previous year. If he were bigger, he could be rated higher.


  21. Justin Clifton, S, Arkansas State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 206.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    9/15/18: Clifton has 14 tackles thus far this season.

    8/29/18: Clifton has been a productive player over the past two seasons for Arkansas State. In 2017, he totaled 63 tackles with 13 passes broken up and one interception. Clifton had 87 tackles with five breakups and two interceptions during the previous year. Getting to an all-star game and impressing there is critical for him.


  22. Chase Hansen, S, Utah
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    9/15/18: To this point in 2018, Hansen has 16 tackles, one interception, 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.

    8/29/18: Hansen's best season came as a sophomore, when he totaled 90 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions. He had 51 tackles with two breakups and an interception as a junior. Hansen is a big safety who could grow into a linebacker.




  23. J.R. Reed, S, Georgia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    9/15/18: Reed has nine tackles thus far this year.

    8/29/18: Reed was a quality run defender for Georgia IN 2017, chipping in 79 tackles with five for a loss. In coverage, he made two interceptions with five passes broken up. Reed could use more weight on his frame.


  24. Tanner Muse*, S, Clemson
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    9/15/18: Muse has five tackles and one breakup so far in 2018.

    8/29/18: Muse totaled 57 tackles with five passes broken up in 2017. He is a strong safety type who has coverage limitations.


  25. Jalen Young, S, Florida Atlantic
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    9/15/18: Thus far in 2018, Young has 10 tackles.

    8/29/18: Young has been a productive player, but he's rated low because he is extremely undersized for the NFL. In 2017, he had 77 tackles with seven interceptions. As an underclassman, he totaled 169 tackles and five interceptions over his first two years. If Young can fill out his frame, he could rise.


2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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