2011 NFL Draft: Safety Rankings

Published on January 27, 2011 by     Seahawk Fanatic

  1. Deunta Williams, FS, North Carolina
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 25 Pick.

    10/9/10: Williams is done with his suspension and debuts this week against Clemson.

    5/14/10: Deunta Williams was an All-ACC First Team member, thanks to 47 tackles, eight pass break-ups and six interceptions.

  2. Rahim Moore*, FS, UCLA
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2011): 2.

    10/9/10: Moore has not impressed me this year. I know he has talent, but the bottom line is he is not producing and has been burned several times. He needs to step up.

    5/14/10: Rahim Moore picked off a whopping 10 passes in addition to his seven break-ups in 2009.

  3. DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2011): 2.

    10/9/10: McDaniel hasn’t played like a first-round pick. He showed terrible awareness giving up a couple touchdowns to Miami last week, and I’m really down on him this season. Disappointing.

    5/14/10: DeAndre McDaniel is an impressive athlete and can play either safety position. He collected a whopping eight interceptions in 2009 to go along with his 98 tackles, 6.5 TFL and two sacks.

  4. Mark Barron*, SS, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2011): 2-3.

    10/9/10: I’ve seen a lot of inconsistency out of Barron on tape, but he’s the hardest hitting safety in the entire nation. He’ll really flash, and then he’ll take bad angles or be late to the ball.

    5/14/10: A pure strong safety, Mark Barron broke up 11 passes as a junior. He also had 74 tackles and seven interceptions.

  5. Jeron Johnson, SS, Boise State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    10/9/10: Johnson takes very solid angles and has a high football IQ. He’s instinctive and is reliable in run support. He isn’t an explosive athlete, but he might be able to start in the NFL at strong safety.

    5/14/10: Jeron Johnson, an All-WAC second-teamer, had 91 tackles, six pass break-ups and four interceptions in 2009.

  6. Will Hill*, FS, Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    5/14/10: Will Hill rotated in the starting lineup with Major Wright last year, which is why he had only 42 tackles and one pass break-up as a sophomore. He’ll be the full-time starter in 2010.
  7. Ahmad Black, S, Florida
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/9/10: Black is a strong safety only at the next level, and his size hurts his 2011 NFL Draft stock.5/14/10: An All-SEC honorable mention, the compact Ahmad Black collected 70 tackles and five passes broken up last year.
  8. Nate Williams, S, Washington
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/9/10: Williams has been very consistent this year for Washington. He always seems to be around the ball and I really love his on-field leadership.
  9. Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    5/14/10: Quinton Carter, a member of the All-Big XII Second Team, had 88 tackles, five passes broken up and four interceptions in 2009.
  10. Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/9/10: Jarrett is a thumper at strong safety with great instincts – he’s a competitor, but he lacks range in pass protection and has below-average speed.

    5/14/10: As a member of the All-MAC First Team, Jaiquawn Jarrett collected 76 tackles, seven pass break-ups and three picks in 2009.

  11. Chris Culliver, FS/KR, South Carolina
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    5/14/10: Qualifying for the All-SEC Second Team, Chris Culliver notched 62 tackles, three TFL and nine pass break-ups as a junior.
  12. Shiloh Keo, SS/PR, Idaho
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 211.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    5/14/10: Shiloh Keo was very productive in 2009, notching 109 tackles, five pass break-ups and four TFL. He was also a very effective punt returner.
  13. Chris L. Rucker, FS/CB, Michigan State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    5/14/10: Plays corner at Michigan State, but will probably have to move to free safety in the NFL. Chris L. Rucker broke up seven passes in 2009 and was voted as an All-Big Ten honorable mention. He was also part of a 10-player suspension that stemmed from an on-campus fight, but that’s not a big deal.
  14. Duke Ihenacho, SS, San Jose State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/14/10: Duke Ihenacho had 89 tackles, six passes broken up and 2.5 TFL in 2009.
  15. Brian Lainhart, FS, Kent State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/14/10: An All-MAC first-teamer, Brian Lainhart collected 86 tackles, four pass break-ups and seven interceptions as a junior.
  16. Jermale Hines, SS, Ohio State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/14/10: Playing nickel last season, Jermale Hines had 57 tackles and 3.5 TFL. He’s projected to be a full-time starter as a senior.
  17. Eric Hagg, FS, Nebraska
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/14/10: An All-Big XII honorable mention, Eric Hagg recorded 40 tackles, 6.5 TFL and three pass break-ups last year.
  18. Tejay Johnson, SS, TCU
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/14/10: Tejay Johnson notched 59 tackles, two passes broken up and three interceptions last year.
  19. Chris Prosinski, FS, Wyoming
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/14/10: A tackling machine, Chris Prosinski finished his junior campaign with 140 tackles, four TFL and six pass break-ups.

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  20. Brett Greenwood, FS, Iowa
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    5/14/10: Qualifying for the All-Big Ten Second Team in 2009, Brett Greenwood notched 56 tackles, seven pass break-ups and three interceptions.
  21. Mark LeGree, FS, Appalachian State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    5/14/10: A 2-year starter, Mark LeGree led the nation in interceptions with 10 in 2008.
  22. Jay Valai, SS, Wisconsin
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    5/14/10: Height’s an issue for Jay Valai, but he’s a good player otherwise. He had 51 tackles, 3.5 TFL and four passes broken up, qualifying for the All-Big Ten Second Team.
  23. James Dockery, FS, Oregon State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: James Dockery will have to play free safety in the pros as opposed to corner. He broke up eight passes in 2009.
  24. Jasper Simmons, S/KR, Missouri
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: Jasper Simmons collected 73 tackles, three TFL and two pass break-ups in 2009.
  25. Richard Sherman, FS/KR, Stanford
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: A former receiver, Richard Sherman is now playing corner at Stanford. He’s an impressive punt returner (10.3 average).
  26. Davonte Shannon, SS, Buffalo
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: Davonte Shannon had 97 tackles, 8.5 TFL and three pass break-ups in 2009.

    3/13/09: Easily an All-MAC First Team selection, Davonte Shannon totaled 121 tackles, six TFL and four passes broken up.

    8/6/08: As a true freshman, Davonte Shannon broke Buffalo’s single-season tackle record with 123. Pretty nuts. He also broke up eight passes and registered three interceptions.

  27. Fon Ingram, FS, Ole Miss
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: Recorded 49 tackles, two picks and three pass break-ups as a junior.
  28. Dom DeCicco, SS, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: May have to move to linebacker in the pros. Dom DeCicco had 88 tackles, three interceptions and three pass break-ups in 2009.
  29. Antwine Perez, FS, Maryland
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: Had 45 tackles and two passes broken up in 2009.

    3/13/09: A transfer from USC, Antwine Perez compiled 24 tackles, 2.5 TFL and a sack.

  30. Troy Woolfolk, FS, Michigan
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/14/10: Troy Woolfolk had 46 tackles and broke up one pass last year.

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