2021 Prospect Rankings: Safety Edition (3/16/21)

1.) Tre’von Moehrig – 6’1″ 208 lbs.

“Moehrig has the best safety tape I’ve watched in quite sometime. His performance vs. Oklahoma St. in 2020 was essentially a highlight video. He’s incredibly instinctive and involved in every facet on defense. His play strength is phenomenal. An ode to his work he puts in the weight room. He sometimes takes bad angles in run support. He has more box safety traits but I trust him to cover in single high situations as well. Overall from the character profile to the field work, Moehrig is a homerun prospect.”

2.) Andre Cisco – 6’0″ 203 lbs.

“Cisco reminds me of a young Kevin Byard. He has high end ball production at single high and split safety. Not a crazy athletic DB but smooth and when surrounded by a good supporting cast he knows how to take advantage. He has a high ceiling. He’s only 21 and has good size and build. He’s not as physical as you’d like and his run fits are inconsistent but there’s more than enough to work with.”

3.) Jevon Holland – 6’1″ 196 lbs.

“Holland the swiss army knife (Slot/FS) with high end ball production. He’s on the leaner side frame wise and his technique/nuance needs some refinement. That should come with more experience. His best attribute is his aggressiveness when the ball is in the air. He turned in 9 interceptions and 10 passes defensed in only two seasons.”

4.) Richard LeCounte III – 5’11” 190 lbs.

“LeCounte III can do several things well. He can over pursue and miss some easy tackles and his slow forty time will be the talk of the draft community for awhile but tape doesn’t lie and he plays faster than 4.7. His ball skills and I.Q. are impressive. Despite the speed concerns I trust him as a single high safety. He’d be unfair in split safety roles where the field would be shorten because he has excellent anticipation.”

5.) Paris Ford – 6’0″ 190 lbs.

“Ford reportedly had a less than appealing pro day. A 4.9 forty. I’ll just say this, if you watch tape of Ford and take him off your board because of a poor forty time, reconsider scouting. It’s one thing to assume it’s tied to character or work ethic, it’s another to assume he’s all of a sudden slow despite what the tape shows. Ford is an alley filling run support safety that can bang in the box and make plays as a sub package defender. I believe he could play split safety as well.”

6.) JaCoby Stevens – 6’1″ 216 lbs.

“Stevens would have to trim down to keep up as a full time safety in the NFL. He could very well be a Top 10 LB to be honest. He makes plays all over the field and for that reason I included him with the safeties. I trust him to cover TE’s even bigger wideouts in the red area. He can blitz, he can provide run support/coverage in dime, and he can play a robber role if necessary. He has to be one of the most conditioned athletes on the team for it to work though.”

7.) Ar’Darius Washington – 5’8″ 180 lbs.

“Every ‘little guy overcoming size’ saying applies to Washington. He plays like a 6’0″ 200 lbs. safety. He understands leverage and angles. He reads the QB well suggesting that zone schemes fit him better than man. He can be a successful blitzer off the edge as well due to his aggressive nature and toughness. He’ll more than likely slide in the draft because of size but his talent is Top 10 in this safety class.”

8.) Jamar Johnson – 6’1″ 197 lbs.

“Johnson played very well in a NFL based scheme at Nebraska last season and looked like an NFL player doing it. In so many ways I liken him to lesser version of Tre’von Moehrig. In fact he’d be a good value pick later on if you can’t get T.M. Johnson is aggressive and has high football I.Q. As sure of tackler you’re going to get in this class and has some ball skills. Split safety suits his skillset early on.”

9.) Richie Grant – 6’0″ 194 lbs.

“Grant became a Senior Bowl sweetheart relatively quick in Mobile early in the scouting phase. He was showing above average ability during one on ones to stop wideouts in the short area. He has questionable long speed and lateral pursuit. Although he has narrow hips, they’re incredibly fluid, he wastes very little steps getting where he’s going. That makes him a solid slot, split and single high option for a team needing versatility. He’s also a valuable special teams player.”

10.) Dicaprio Bootle – 5’10” 185 lbs.

“This will definitely be a surprise to some. But the more I watched Bootle, the more I saw a very competitive Cover 2 safety with slot capabilities. Bootle plays hard, through the whistle, and is very intelligent. He has athletic limitations but he’s as dependable as they come. He started 32 straight games in his college career.”

(11-32, Hamsah Nasirildeen, Damar Hamlin, Shaun Wade, Shawn Davis, James Wiggins, Caden Sterns, Talanoa Hufanga, Jamien Sherwood, Eric Burrell, Nick Pickett, Christian Tutt, Tyler Coyle, Divine Deablo, Tyree Gillespie, Tariq Thompson, Ky’el Hemby, Troy Warner, Antwan Collier, Marcus Murphy, Brad Hawkins, C.J. Morgan, Brendon White, Mark Webb, Antwaine Richardson, Davondre Robinson, Christian Uphoff, Joshuah Bledsoe, Qwynnterrio Cole, Brady Breeze, Lamont Wade, Aashari Crosswell, Dwayne Johnson Jr.)

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