2019 NFL DRAFT SAFETY RANKINGS

  1. Nasir Adderley 5’11 200 Delaware Blue Hens (SR)

STRENGTHS: Nasir Adderley has a great blend of natural athleticism and a high football IQ…Adderley is dynamic as a defensive back…Nasir Adderley has endless range playing the game from sideline to sideline…a smart player who can diagnose the play, and then goes to make the play…electrifying playmaker…catches the ball at it’s highest point…a natural ball hawk…can match-up well with TE and RB out of the backfield…fluid hips with outstanding quickness transitioning from platform to platform…love the fact that he is a fundamentally sound tackler who constantly wraps up…outstanding run defender who doesn’t mind putting his nose in there and making the play with an impact…

WEAKNESSES: Nasir Adderley does not have the man to man skills that you want to match up on outside wide receivers…played CB during his career—and when he did, had a hard time finding the football…playing at the University of Delaware, you have to question the level of competition that he was facing week in and week out…going from the FCS to the NFL is as large a leap as one can make…could result in some initial struggles…

COMP: Earl Thomas

OVERALL: Nasir Adderley has been sky-rocketing up draft boards throughout the scouting community, and I don’t expect the momentum to cease anytime soon…Adderley has found a home at the safety position and has excelled at doing so…limitless range and a smart football player…Nasir Adderley has the makeup of what could be a future leader of your defense and football team…I have him as a Top 10 talent in this draft class, and have no reservations in projection Nasir Adderley as a Top 15-25 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

2) Chauncey Gardner-Johnson 6’0 210 Florida Gators (JR)

STRENGTHS: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is one of the more versatile safeties in the 2019 draft class…you like the fact that you can line up Gardner-Johnson all over the football field…CGJ can line up deep in coverage, you can line him up in the box, you can play him as a press defender and line him up in the slot…a defensive chess piece if you will—a jack of all trades…this versatility will appeal to every defense in the NFL…excellent range and quickness, can cover a ton of ground…

WEAKNESSES: You just wish you saw the glimpses from Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on every play…his film is all over the place…needs to improve in regards to his Football IQ…far too many instances of Chauncey Gardner-Johnson getting burnt or blowing the coverage altogether…his motor seems to have run hot and cold…not going to knock your socks off in run defense…

COMP: Jimmie Ward

OVERALL: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is another prospect where the more film you watch on him, the more you come to like…a fun evaluation…good to watch a prospect be able to line-up anywhere on the football field, in a variety of match-ups, and still find success…Gardner-Johnson feels like a prospect who is continuing to get better…he still needs to get a bit more physical, especially in run defense…his calling-card is versatility and NFL teams love defensive versatility…I believe Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a bit underrated actually…I have a 1st round grade on him…expect Gardner-Johnson to be a late 1st-early 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

3) Johnathan Abram 6’0 210 Mississippi State Bulldogs (SR)

STRENGTHS: Johnathan Abram plays the game with a high level of physicality…Abram plays the game the right way…plays the game with all out effort…Abram can lower the boom on the ball-carrier…very physical at the line of scrimmage knocking would-be receivers off their route…

WEAKNESSES: Jonathan Abram plays with his hair on fire—but this backfires on him at times…plays the game with a  lack of composure to some degree…does not play technically sound…doesn’t breakdown and wrap up properly…over commits in pass defense causes him to get beat deep…tight hips effect his lack of fluidity…a lack of ball skills are concerning…you want to see him read and react quickly…lacks single high safety potential…

COMP: Malcolm Jenkins

OVERALL: Jonathan Abram plays with a high level intensity…he is going to need coaching and refinement at the NFL level in order to make him a more consistent player…one that does not overrun plays and takes himself out of the play…there is some talent here…he likes the physical nature of the game…he has athleticism and a solid frame…but again, Johnathan Abram is going to need some work…I like his upside, and ultimately expect him to be drafted in the late 1st-early 2nd round range in the 2019 NFL Draft.

4) Taylor Rapp 6’0 210 Washington Huskies (JR)

STRENGTHS: Taylor Rapp is a tremendous tackler…Rapp is best suited to Cover 2 or an in the box Safety role…a very physical player…doesn’t mind battling with larger targets, in particular the TE position…plays with an aggressiveness that you like to see…a high IQ football player who reads and reacts as well as any safety prospects in this class…plays 100% every snap…love the effort…

WEAKNESSES: Taylor Rapp is not the safety you play as a single high option…he does not possess the same quickness and range that some of his contemporaries have…does not have the ball skills that teams covet in those ‘game changing’ type of plays…tight hips…does not transition as fluidly as you would like to see…does not play the game well moving side to side anywhere near as well as he does coming downhill on the play…you don’t want to match him up with quicker, twitchier athletes…

COMP: D.J. Swearinger

OVERALL: Taylor Rapp is your flavor of safety if you like the hard hitting, run stuffing, physical brand of player…you like seeing his mental process pop off the screen as you evaluate the film on Rapp…it’s important to understand his limitations…Taylor Rapp is not the middle of the field type of safety who can cover sideline to sideline…that’s just simply not his game…I do like his ability to match-up with physical athletes at the TE position…I like his game overall…have a 1st round evaluation on him…and could say Taylor Rapp coming off the board in the late 1st-early 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

5) Deionte Thompson 6’2 195 Alabama Crimson Tide (JR)

STRENGTHS: Deionte Thompson profiles as the ball-hawk type of Free Safety that NFL teams covet…has good quickness in order to attack the ball in the air and make the play…will bait Quarterbacks into making mistakes and throwing into his range…Deionte Thompson is a fluid athlete who can transition well against multiple platforms of play…a solid run defender…

WEAKNESSES: Deionte Thompson’s athletic ability and quickness betrays him many times…he plays too aggressive and gets caught out of position—which causes him to be beaten…needs to develop fundamentally when it comes to tacking and wrapping…will need to clean-up his footwork as well—can be a bit clumsy at times…Thompson will be a limitation in man coverage…

COMP: John Johnson

OVERALL: Deionte Thompson has good athleticism and can make some plays that his contemporaries cannot make…the issue is his game is erratic and inconsistent…he is a very aggressive prospect—which you like…however, his aggressiveness gets him into more trouble than good sometimes…needs to read and react better…know when to make the play and when to play fundamentally sound football…there is upside here…I like Deionte Thompson as a backend 1st rounder-early 2nd rounder in the 2019 NFL Draft.

6) Darnell Savage Jr. 5’11 195 Maryland Terrapines (SR)

STRENGHTS: Darnell Savage Jr. plays with good fundamentals and is a sure tackler in both pass and run defense…has no problem being a heavy hitter…Savage has impressive quickness…explosive athlete that can play well in man defense as well as zone defense…Savage has good ball skills…breaks on the football very well…tone-setter in the secondary when he leaves his mark with punishing shots…good feet…allows Savage to transition well from platform to platform…

WEAKNESSES: Darnell Savage Jr. will overcommit at times…this leaves him vulnerable to the big play…Darnell Savage Jr. is one of the more raw safety prospects…going to need a great deal of work on his fundamentals…does not have the range to play single high safety…not as versatile of a prospect as many of his contemporaries…

COMP: Mike Mitchell

OVERALL: Darnell Savage Jr. is a prospect with a great deal of potential…some of which he is beginning to realize…athletically gifted—Savage pops in the film several times…some view him only as a Cover 2 safety…while I think that may  be his role, I wouldn’t limit him to JUST this role…there is more versatility here than you would think…the athleticism will garner some supporters in the scouting community…I have Darnell Savage Jr. pegged for a late 2nd/early 3rd round selection during the 2019 NFL Draft.

7) Amani Hooker 6’0 200 Iowa Hawkeyes (JR)

STRENGTHS: Amani Hooker has an uncanny sense for dropping into coverage and diagnosing the play…a high IQ football player…transitions well from platform to platform with quick feet…great ball skills…good hands…physical enough at the line of scrimmage to get receivers off of their route…where some of his contemporaries play out of control—Amani Hooker always seems composed…there’s a smoothness to his game…

WEAKNESSES: Amani Hooker does not possess the quickness that teams tend to covet in the NFL…lacks the ability and quickness to play single high safety…some are concerned that he will fit only a Cover 2 scheme…Hooker has a tendency to take poor angles, which will lead to a poor tacking track record…

COMP: Glover Quinn

OVERALL: Amani Hookier is another prospect in the 2019 draft class that is gaining a great deal of momentum as we get closer to the NFL Draft…his lack of high-end athleticism limits his projection as least somewhat…many evaluators will peg Amani Hooker for a pure zone coverage prospect, so that effects his overall versatility and evaluation…I like Hooker a bit more than many as I believe his high football IQ and amazing transitions give him a competitive advantage…ultimately, I think my evaluation will match his actual projection…I have Amani Hooker slated as a 3rd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

8) Juan Thornhill 6’1 210 Virginia Cavaliers (SR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that I saw on the film when evaluating Juan Thornhill was that he never got beat deep…he always seemed to be in the right place, at the right time…Thornhill has experience at the CB position before transitioning to the safety spot…a savvy, high IQ football player…his read and react skills are high-end…he plays the game with great anticipation…good ball skills…does a good job to attack the football at it’s highest point and ward off receivers…good footwork… versatile prospect who can come down and cover WR out of the slot due to his experience as a CB…

WEAKNESSES: Juan Thornhill will not blow you away with elite athletic traits…lack of explosiveness…his lack of high-end speed is why he was moved from CB to S…his tackling has been all over the place…needs a lot of refinement in that area…length will be a concern at the next level as he combats bigger, longer athletes…plays a bit too soft at times giving up the underneath stuff…

COMP: Patrick Chung

OVERALL: Juan Thornhill is yet another chess piece that you can move around your seconfary to match up with NFL offenses…just be careful—he can find success, but only against certain match-ups…I would not match him up with the speedier options at WR…Thornhill will likely get left in their wake…you do like the high IQ and you can see it translate on to the football field on the film…some are higher on Juan Thornhill than I am, but don’t get me wrong, I do like his game and how I believe he can adapt to the NFL game…I have him solidly in the 3rd round mix for the 2019 NFL D

9) Marquise Blair 6’2 195 Utah Runnin’ Utes (SR)

STRENGTHS: There are not many safeties who possess the size to speed ratio that Marquise Blair does…Blair has the makeup of a big, physical defensive back…has outstanding length to combat bigger, stronger receivers…understands the game…plays better in zone than he does in man…has the frame to add additional weight and strength…quick, fast-twitch athleticism…

WEAKNESSES: When evaluating the film of Marquise Blair—the lack of ball skills was startling…it looks like he simply plays too passively…he plays too far off the ball or the receiver so he doesn’t get beaten deep, but he also doesn’t make any plays…is a bit too aggressive on his read and react plays and that will take him out of the play altogether…his tackling was wildly inconsistent in college…will not be an asset in run defense…

COMP: Andrew Sendejo

OVERALL: Marquise Blair feels like he is going to need a great deal of refinement at the next level…it feels like, at times, Blair doesn’t truly trust his natural athletic gifts…he plays way too far off the ball for a quick-twitch athlete like himself…with some high-level coaching and a dose of aggressiveness, you might just have something here. In the meantime, with so much uncertainty, I would evaluate Marquise Blair as a mid-round prospect…I’d likely place his projection to the 4th-5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

10) Sheldrick Redwine 6’1 195 Miami (FL) Hurricanes SR.

STRENGTHS: Sheldrick Redwine has some strong fundamentals that project well to the NFL game…he is a solid tackler who plays with proper leverage and wraps up properly…has a good size to strength ratio which makes you project that he will hold up to the physicality in the NFL…has enough versality to match-up with the oppositions’ TE…plays downhill with an aggressive approach…doesn’t mind putting his nose in there and making a play in run defense…

WEAKNESSES: Sheldrick Redwine does not have the high level range or athletic ability to be considered a sideline to sideline defender…does not have the natural ball skills to make plays in pass defense…will never materialize as a ball hawk…at the point of contact, can get beaten to the punch as he doesn’t have the quickest, strongest hands—again, refinement will be needed here…

COMP: Tavon Wilson

OVERALL: Sheldrick Redwine looks to be a ready to play, in the box safety at the NFL level…again, you wouldn’t want him to play single high safety due to his lack of athleticism…but there’s value in a prospect who is physical enough to match-up with TE and come down hill and help in run defense…I have Sheldrick Redwine in the late Day 2-early Day 3 mix, someone in the late 3rd-early 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft.