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 June 16, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 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

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

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

    6/16/18: 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.






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

    6/16/18: 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. Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/16/18: In speaking with multiple area scouts who cover the Southeast, Abram received some praise for helping himself in 2017. Abram was a physical defender and around the ball consistently for the Bulldogs. He 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.


  4. Chris Johnson, S, North Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/16/18: 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."




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

    6/16/18: 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.


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

    6/16/18: 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.


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

    6/16/18: 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.




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

    6/16/18: In 2017, McIntosh formed a nice tandem with Taylor Rapp. McIntosh totaled 50 tackles with one pass broken up and an interception. In 2016, McIntosh had 67 tackles with two passes broken up. McIntosh has versatile size, but speed is a concern with him, per to team sources.


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

    6/16/18: 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 Adderley.


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

    6/16/18: 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.




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

    6/16/18: 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.


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

    6/16/18: 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. In 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.


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

    6/16/18: 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.




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

    6/16/18: 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.


  15. Khaleke Hudson*, S, Michigan
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/16/18: After serving as a backup during his freshman campaign, Hudson broke out in 2017. The first-year starter made 83 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, nine passes broken up, and two interceptions. 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.


  16. David Dowell*, S, Michigan State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/16/18: 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.


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

    6/16/18: 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.


  18. Jordan Fuller*, S, Ohio State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/16/18: 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 had 70 tackles with two breakups and two interceptions.


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

    6/16/18: 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.

    6/16/18: 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. He 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.

    6/16/18: Clifton has been a productive player over the past two seasons for Arkansas State. In 2017, Clifton totaled 63 tackles with 13 passes broken up and one interception. He 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 Clifton.


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

    6/16/18: 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.

    6/16/18: In 2017, Reed was a quality run defender for Georgia, 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.

    6/16/18: 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.

    6/16/18: 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.


2017 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

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




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