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2008 Safety Rankings

The top 2008 safety prospects available for the 2008 NFL Draft. More will be added as time progresses. * - denotes underclassmen.

This page was last updated April 5, 2008.

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  1. Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.54.
    Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 34.
    Projected Round: 1.

    I was disappointed by Kenny Phillips' 40. I thought he would run the 4.4s. A 4.54 isn't bad, but he didn't really stand out. Phillips could drop to the second half of the first round. The top-rated safety eligible for the 2008 Draft, Phillips missed a portion of the 2006 season with a broken hand. Managed to pick off four passes in nine games.

  2. Josh Barrett, SS, Arizona State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.35.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical: .
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    In a weak strong safety class, Josh Barrett may have vaulted himself over Tom Zbikowski, Craig Steltz and Jamar Adams. A 223-pound safety with a 4.35 40? Amazing. Barrett was benched for a portion of the 2007 campaign, but he regained his job later in the year.

    A monstrous safety, Barrett is one of the top defensive backs in the Pac 10. He started every game in 2006, notching three picks and 82 tackles.

  3. Tyrell Johnson, SS, Arkansas State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.47.
    Benchx225: 27. Vertical: 32.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Coming from a small school, Tyrell Johnson needed to stand out at the combine. Well, he ran a 4.47, benched 225 pounds 27 times and leaped 10 feet and 7 inches in the broad jump. Not too shabby.

    Led his team in tackles for two consecutive years now. Level of competition is naturally an issue.

  4. Tom Zbikowski, SS, Notre Dame
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 209.
    40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round: 3.

    Perhaps the thing that stood out the most about Tom Zbikowski's combine was when he yelled at strength and conditioning coach John Lott during his bench workout. Lott, attempting to motivate the mohawked safety, yelled, "Come on, Rudy!" during Zbikowski's bench press. Zbikowski, offended by being referred to as an overachiever with no business on the football field, responded, "Don't call me that again!" Very cool.



  5. Quintin Demps, FS, UTEP
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 206.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.40.
    Benchx225: 16. Vertical: 31.5.
    Projected Round: 3.

    Once upon a time, I had Quintin Demps as my No. 2 free safety. I moved him behind Thomas DeCoud and DaJuan Morgan, but his dazzling combine could bump him ahead of those two. Regardless, he'll be taken in the bottom of the second round, or the top of the third, at the very latest.

    It doesn't matter that Quintin Demps played in Conference USA; he still managed to accumulate seven interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2006.

  6. DaJuan Morgan, FS, N.C. State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.52.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical: .
    Projected Round: 3.

    DaJuan Morgan, Mike Mayock's No. 2 free safety, performed admirably at the combine, though he didn't really stand out like Josh Barrett.

    Morgan really improved this season, leading the team with 117 tackles.

  7. Thomas DeCoud, FS, California
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.50.
    Benchx225: 9. Vertical: 35.5.
    Projected Round: 3.

    Thomas DeCoud bettered his 40 and had a 35.5-inch vertical, so he definitely didn't hurt himself. I don't think he stood out as much as Josh Barrett or Quintin Demps, however.

    An emerging player who has played extremely well in 2007. Won Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors after registering a pick and a forced fumble against Arizona.

    Started four games in 2006. Missed some time last year with a knee injury.

  8. Craig Steltz, SS, LSU
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.63.
    Benchx225: 10. Vertical: 35.
    Projected Round: 3-4.

    Craig Steltz is another safety who didn't work out in Indianapolis. I guess LSU has an OK replacement for LaRon Landry. I'm being sarcastic of course; Steltz picked off three passes in LSU's 45-0 victory over Mississippi State. Even when he wasn't intercepting Michael Henig, he was always at the right place at the right time. He definitely helped his draft stock.

    Played behind LaRon Landry, so hasn't gotten much exposure. That'll change in 2007. Steltz is a smart safety, who picked off four passes despite starting only one game.

  9. Jamar Adams, SS, Michigan
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.56.
    Benchx225: . Vertical: .
    Projected Round: 3-4.

    Jamar Adams, the leader of Michigan's defense, is the team's leading returning tackler (47 tackles in 2006).

  10. Caleb Campbell, SS, Army
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 229.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.60.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical: .
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    You have to love the 40 that comes with Caleb Campbell's size. Given his background, I think we can assume that he has a great work ethic.

  11. David Roach, FS, TCU
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.40.
    Benchx225: 16. Vertical: 38.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    I was a big fan of David Roach's combine. Aside from his 40 and vertical, Roach looked great in the drills.

  12. Marcus Griffin, FS, Texas
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.71.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.51.
    Benchx225: 13. Vertical: 37.5.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Now that's more like it - I was disappointed when Marcus Griffin ran a 4.71 at the combine. Well, he helped his draft stock at Texas' Pro Day, notching a 4.51 in the 40, 37.5 inches in the vertical and 10-5 in the broad jump.

    Twin brother of Tennessee No. 1 pick Michael Griffin. Started 11 games in 2006, recording 86 tackles and a pick.

  13. Simeon Castille, FS, Alabama
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.72.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.56.
    Benchx225: 8. Vertical: 36.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    For someone going through some off-the-field issues, Simeon Castille needed a solid Pro Day. He was able to achieve one, running a 4.56 and leaping 36 inches off the ground.

    As we can tell by Simeon Castille's combine results, he'll definitely have to move to safety in the NFL after playing corner at Alabama. Castille's workouts were a bit disappointing. Castille was arrested for disorderly conduct in 2007. The team didn't release any information, so it's difficult to gauge how serious this is right now.

    Picked off five passes in 2006 and was Alabama's only representitive on the All-SEC First Team.

  14. Jonathan Hefney, FS, Tennessee
    Height: 5-7. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.59.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 29.
    Projected Round: 5.

    Jonathan Hefney's size is going to hurt him. I had him at 5-9, but he measured in at 5-7. Some teams are just not going to take him until the later rounds because of that.

    A very quick safety with a nose for the ball; made five interceptions in 2006 after three the previous season. An excellent return specialist.


  15. D.J. Parker, FS, Virginia Tech
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 192.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.53.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.60.
    Benchx225: 19. Vertical: 31.
    Projected Round: 5.

    D.J. Parker wasn't too impressive in the workouts, and his 40 time slipped a bit; it's rare to see someone slower at their Pro Day.

  16. Roger Williams, FS, Florida State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Started all 13 games in 2006, picking off four passes and recording 67 tackles.

  17. Bobbie Williams, FS, Bethune-Cookman
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 212.
    40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Following in the footsteps of Bethune-Cookman alumnus and current Packers safety Nick Collins, Bobbie Williams is the best safety in 1-AA. An interception machine, Williams has picked off 13 passes in his career.

  18. Jamie Silva, SS, Boston College
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.85.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.79.
    Benchx225: . Vertical: 32.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    James Silva's numbers won't jump out at anyone, but he's just better in pads. I really like him as a mid-round sleeper.

    A hard-hitter who picked off four passes in 2006 despite missing some time with a knee injury.

  19. Tony Joiner, SS, Florida
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 218.
    40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Started all 14 games of Florida's championship season. Not the most talented safety on the board, but he's a winner.

  20. Corey Lynch, FS, Appalachian State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.55.
    Benchx225: 13. Vertical: 34.5.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Corey Lynch's other Pro Day numbers: 6.71 3-cone; 3.90 20-yard shuttle; 9-3 broad jump; 11.30 60-yard shuttle.

    Lynch started 56 career games and recorded 24 interceptions, as he was a key component in Appalachian State's recent playoff success. He's also a nightmare for the opposing team's special-teams coordinator; he has six blocked kicks.

    Vertical: 34.5; Broad Jump: 10.5; Bench press: 15x225 lbs. If he can run a high 4.4 or low 4.5, he will move up this chart.

  21. D.J. Wolfe, SS, Oklahoma
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.63.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.57.
    Benchx225: 9. Vertical: 35.5.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Was in and out of the starting lineup in 2006 because of performance issues. Will be a safety in the NFL (played corner earlier).

  22. Dennis Keyes, FS, UCLA
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.60.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.57.
    Benchx225: 15. Vertical: 36.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Although he had 79 tackles and an interception in 2006, Dennis Keyes needs to work on his tackling ability.



  23. Brandent Englemon, FS, Michigan
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Brandent Englemon started only five games after 10 opening appearances in 2005. Hasn't obtained a single interception at Michigan.

  24. Tony LeZotte, FS, James Madison
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Tony LeZotte is known for his 100-yard interception return against Towson State. He's also renowned for his toughness and ability to play through numerous injuries. His 40, however, won't do him any favors.

  25. Nemo Warrick, Michigan State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 211.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.51.
    Benchx225: 16. Vertical: 32.
    Projected Round: 6.



  26. Ryan Mundy, West Virginia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.55.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical: 36.
    Projected Round: 6.



  27. Derrick Doggett, SS, Oregon State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.53.
    Benchx225: . Vertical: 35.
    Projected Round: 6.



  28. Ron Girault, FS, Rutgers
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.46.
    Benchx225: 25. Vertical: 39.5.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    I said Ron Girault needed to improve his 40 time to warrant draft consideration, and that's exactly what he did. He also posted impressive numbers in the vertical, bench press and broad jump (10-2).

  29. Dominique Barber, SS, Minnesota
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.71.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical: .
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    No surprise that Marion Barber's brother put up 225 pounds 23 times. His 40 was disappointing, however.

  30. Joe Fields, FS, Syracuse
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Started all 12 games last year and intercepted four passes.

  31. Chris Horton, SS, UCLA
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.56.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 32.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Recorded three picks in 2006, earning a spot on the All-Pac 10 Second Team.

  32. Rocky Schwartz, Houston
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 204.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.42.
    Benchx225: 25. Vertical: 41.5.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Put up the most reps of 225 pounds of any safety in this class, with the exception of Arkansas State's Tyrell Johnson. Also managed a 4.42, which is great for his size. As a senior, Rocky Schwartz led Houston with 87 tackles. Picked off two passes in the process.

  33. Greg Hay, SS, Toledo
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.49.
    Benchx225: . Vertical: 32.
    Projected Round: 6-7.



  34. Husain Abdullah, FS, Washington State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 204.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.63.
    Benchx225: 16. Vertical: .
    Projected Round: 6-7.



  35. Jamal Lewis, SS, Georgia Tech
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 199.
    40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Was in the passenger seat of a car accident that killed his friend. He played in a game two days later. That won't go unnoticed.

  36. Dowayne Davis, SS, Syracuse
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.39.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.46.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical: 34.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Two-year starter at Syracuse. Recorded two picks in 2005 but none in 2006.

  37. Michael Eubanks, SS, Delta State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 212.
    40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round: 7.





  38. Kevin Mitchell, SS, Illinois
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Kevin Mitchell is one of the hardest-hitting players in this class.

  39. Darien Williams, FS, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Darien Williams had a miserable 40 at his Pro Day and may have fallen out of late-round consideration.

    Williams just had surgery on his foot. He could be out until mid-October. The centerpiece of Oklahoma's solid secondary, Williams is one of the smartest safeties in this class.

  40. Brian Bonner, SS, TCU
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 196.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.64.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.60.
    Benchx225: . Vertical: 34.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Managed 4.5 sacks and two picks, starting all 13 games in 2006.

  41. Kyle Jackson, FS, Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 201.
    40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Taking over for Reggie Nelson, Kyle Jackson will have only one year to prove that he's an NFL-caliber player.

  42. Tony Cade, FS, UNLV
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Transferred from Oklahoma. Started four games in 2006.

  43. Todd Koenig, Ohio
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 212.
    40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round: FA.



  44. Eric Brock, SS, Auburn
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 204.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.70.
    Benchx225: 13. Vertical: 37.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Eric Brock showed up at his Pro Day five pounds less than what I expected. But that wasn't the most damaging news - he had a 4.70 in his 40. That won't get a 204-pound strong safety drafted.

    Recorded 50 tackles and two interceptions in 2006.

  45. Reggie McPherson, FS, Northwestern
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Notched 57 tackles and one pick in 2006.

  46. Nate Lyles, FS, Virginia
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 203.
    40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Started nine of the 12 games he played in 2006, a year after being in the opening lineup in every contest. Nate Lyles was coming off a neck injury, so that could be the reason for his part-time demotion. He really needs to improve his 40 though.

  47. Jordan Senn, Portland State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 225.
    40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round: FA.



  48. Haruki Nakamura, FS, Cincinnati
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round: FA.



  49. Kelin Johnson, FS, Georgia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 194.
    40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Played well in his first year as a full-time starter at Georgia.

  50. Steve Craver, SS, Tulsa
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 215.
    40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round: FA.



  51. Marcus Carter, FS, Alabama
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round: FA.



  52. Justin Harrison, SS, Illinois
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 215.
    40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round: FA.



  53. Eric Wicks, SS, West Virginia
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.69.
    Benchx225: 12. Vertical: 34.5.
    Projected Round: FA.



  54. Tierre Green, SS, Nebraska
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Has the versatility and speed to play cornerback as well.

  55. Marcus Watts, SS, Kansas State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 189.
    40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Started just five games in 2006, thanks to a hand injury. Still managed to accumulate three picks and two sacks.

  56. Damon Nickson, FS, State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 177.
    40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Needs to get bigger or improve his 40. Or both. I'm listing Damon Nickson because he's productive (five picks, 61 tackles in 2006).

  57. Japhus Brown, SS, Texas A&M
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 199.
    40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Started in four games last year; made a game-clinching interception against Texas. His 40 sucks, however.

  58. Sherrod Martin, FS, Troy State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 187.
    40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Missed the entire 2006 season with a shoulder injury. Started all 11 games in 2005.

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