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2012 NFL Draft: Safety Rankings


The top 2012 safety prospects available for the 2012 NFL Draft in the order in which I believe they will be drafted. * - denotes 2013 prospect.

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2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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  1. Robert Lester*, S, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2012): 1-2.

    5/30/11: A second-team All-SEC member, Robert Lester picked off a whopping eight passes in his first year as a starter. He's currently the favorite to be the first safety off the board in the 2012 NFL Draft, should he declare.



  2. T.J. McDonald*, S, USC
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2012): 2.

    5/30/11: Had three interceptions and four passes broken up as a sophomore, earning a spot on the All-Pac-10 Second Team.

  3. Eddie Whitley, FS, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2012): 2.

    5/30/11: Parlayed a very good spring into a great junior campaign. Broke up six passes in 2010.

    8/12/10: The favorite to start at free safety this upcoming season after a really strong spring.

  4. Ray Ray Armstrong*, SS, Miami
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

    5/30/11: A physically talented big safety who hasn't put it together quite yet. Ray Ray Armstrong had three picks as a sophomore.



  5. Kenny Tate, SS, Maryland
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/30/11: Kenny Tate had eight TFL, three interceptions and three passes broken up as a junior. He's going to play linebacker as a senior, but his natural position is free safety.

    8/12/10: Kenny Tate is an impressive athlete, but these monstrous safeties are out of style in the pass-happy NFL.

  6. Aaron Henry, FS, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/30/11: Aaron Henry was an All-Big Ten second-teamer thanks to seven passes broken up in 2010.

  7. Tony Dye, SS, UCLA
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 204.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/30/11: Broke up nine passes in 2010, earning an All-Pac-10 honorable mention.

    8/12/10: Had 73 tackles and two pass break-ups in 2009.

  8. Rashard Hall*, FS, Clemson
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/30/11: Just two interceptions and a pair of pass break-ups in 2010.

    8/12/10: Rashard Hall is coming off a very impressive redshirt freshman year in which he recorded six interceptions, 55 tackles and two pass break-ups.

  9. Delano Howell, SS, Stanford
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 198.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/30/11: Delano Howell impressively had five picks and 10 passes broken up last season.

    8/12/10: Delano Howell notched 77 tackles and three pass break-ups in 2009.

  10. Trumaine Johnson, FS, Montana
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/30/11: Had four interceptions (two pick-sixes) and seven passes broken up in 2010.

    8/12/10: Trumaine Johnson started as a true freshman for perennial Division 1-AA powerhouse Montana.

  11. Blake Gideon, FS, Texas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/30/11: An All-Big XII honorable mention. Broke up three passes last season.

    8/12/10: Blake Gideon had 49 tackles and six interceptions to go along with his three pass break-ups in 2009.

  12. Janzen Jackson*, FS, Tennessee
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-5.

    5/30/11: Janzen Jackson mysteriously withdrew from Tennessee in February to deal with personal issues. This undoubtedly hurts his draft stock.

    8/12/10: Janzen Jackson started nine games as a true freshman next to Eric Berry. He logged 37 tackles and three pass break-ups.



  13. Lance Mitchell, S, Oregon State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/30/11: Totaled just three pass break-ups and two picks in 2010.

    8/12/10: Lance Mitchell had 72 tackles and seven pass break-ups as a sophomore.

  14. George Iloka, S, Boise State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.



  15. Tavon Wilson, SS, Illinois
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/30/11: Moved over to strong safety in 2010 after playing cornerback earlier in his collegiate career. The transition went very well.

    8/11/10: Tavon Wilson broke up seven passes in addition to getting 74 tackles as a sophomore.

  16. Winston Guy Jr., S, Kentucky
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    8/12/10: An impressive physical specimen, Winston Guy Jr. broke up five passes in 2009 to go along with his 60 tackles.

  17. Neiko Thorpe, FS, Auburn
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/30/11: Neiko Thorpe will be moving from cornerback to free safety in 2011.

    8/11/10: Neiko Thorpe broke up nine passes as a sophomore. His height will intrigue teams, and if he can break into the 4.4s, he could go in the first round.

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

    5/30/11: Mark Barron, who struggled down the stretch of the 2010 season, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor in the spring.

    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.

  19. Brandon Taylor, FS, LSU
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/30/11: Missed some time last season with a leg injury, but was still able to break up five passes.

    8/12/10: Brandon Taylor broke up four passes and intercepted two balls as a sophomore.


  20. Karnell Hatcher, S, LSU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/30/11: Karnell Hatcher is a gifted athlete, but he's entering just his second year as a starter.

  21. Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/30/11: Harrison Smith had seven interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2010.

    8/12/10: Harrison Smith collected 69 tackles, 6.5 TFL and five pass break-ups as a junior.

  22. Sean Baker, S, Ball State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    8/12/10: Sean Baker totaled 61 tackles, three pass break-ups and four interceptions as a sophomore.

  23. Sean Cattouse, SS, California
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 216.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/30/11: Broke up seven passes as a junior.

    8/12/10: Sean Cattouse had 37 tackles and three pass break-ups in 2009.


  24. Matt Merletti, SS, North Carolina
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.



  25. Jerrell Young, FS, South Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.



  26. Charles Mitchell, SS, Mississippi State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.



  27. Nolan Brewster, S, Texas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    8/12/10: Figures to take over for Earl Thomas as Texas' starting free safety.

  28. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.



  29. Corey Mosley, S, Virginia
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    8/12/10: Corey Mosley had 47 tackles and two pass break-ups in 2009.



2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | NT | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 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



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Aissata 01-03-2014 03:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.241 (total posts: 1)
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All the author did was write a book to self grtifay his ego, the book is full of comments about how great he thinks he is or what a success he believes he is. Do yourself a favor and pass on this book.
Juulia 01-03-2014 12:30 am xxx.xxx.xxx.0.1 (total posts: 1)
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well when you have the golden arm of aaron rogrdes, the sticky hands and speed of all 4 of their receivers, the strength and awareness of clay matthews, and the darrelle-revisness of all of their secondary, you have a packers team that can go 19-0 for several consecutive years in their sleep, they will make the greatest show on turf, the 1985 bears, the 2007 patriots, and the 49ers of the 80s look like awful pee-wee football teams
Enggo 01-02-2014 04:50 am xxx.xxx.xxx.121 (total posts: 1)
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Matt Ryan proved to be much betetr against us that I thought he would be. I figured he was overrated and possibly a choker, despite the nickname, based on what i'd seen and heard. But he was deadly accurate on a ton of intermediate and long patterns. He wins the throwing-talent competition by a fair margin.But you raise an interesting point, Grant. As good as he was in the first half, he somehow did find a way to help his team score zero second half points. I think Alex is more of a gamer than Ryan. I think Alex has played games in the last 12 months which are at the high end of quarterback accomplishment. The easy answer is Ryan, but its not as close as it appears on the surface. I wish Alex well, and despite the incredibly long odds, I actually think there are non-zero probability scenarios where both a healthy Kaep and a healthy Alex are on our roster next year. Not counting on it, but it can't be ruled out and I'd certainly welcome him on the roster. Any qb who gets exposed to the run is a risk for serious injury, and a solid backup is required. Odds are it will be Tolzein, but never say never. For his sake and ours, I hope Alex goes to Jacksonville ie, other conference and makes the Pro Bowl.
akeem davis 04-27-2013 07:55 am xxx.xxx.xxx.177 (total posts: 1)
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malcom bronson mcneese st. 04-26-2013 01:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.116 (total posts: 1)
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what is malcom bronsons ranking
Nick 04-24-2013 04:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
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Raymond "Ray" Polk FS/SS/OLB Colorado (Did not get invited to combine because of injury plagued Senior season)
CU Pro Day (Compared to combine Safeties).
Height: 6'1"*
Weight: 219 **.
40 Time: 4.38 (Low) (1st).
Vertical: 39.5 (4th).
Broad Jump 10'6 (3rd).
Bench: 19 reps (4th).
Shuttle: 4.15 (5th).

One of the best athletes in this draft. He has the perfect frame to develop into whichever position the team who drafts him will need. Put up solid numbers on a poor defense with a scheme built not to flatter FS's statistics. He will be a steal for whichever team takes him in April and I along with all others who follow Polk look forward to seeing him play on Sundays.
SJ 03-23-2013 11:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.128 (total posts: 1)
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Everybody look out for sleeper Jakaar Hamilton S/CB transfer from UGA he's gonna be somebody in this leauge
Skinsfan 03-22-2013 06:27 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (total posts: 1)
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Wow! I was just going to say something about Rontez Miles. Too late. What an exceptional athlete. Should end up being a huge sleeper.
Chris 03-20-2013 08:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.161 (total posts: 1)
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You forgot to put Rontez Miles on this list of safeties. Go ahead and put him in round 5-6.
JEFF TOY 03-13-2013 03:12 am xxx.xxx.xxx.144 (total posts: 1)
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Vaughn telemaque only move up one spot?
this kid is going to be a still!
MH in Hamilton 03-12-2013 03:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.173 (total posts: 1)
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Not sure I would draft any of these guys before 3rd round. 1st and to a certain extend 2nd rounders need to be special. 4.6 is slow and 4.5 is nothing special. With today's passing volume, secondary players need to cover more ground than ever.
Janet 03-09-2013 03:21 am xxx.xxx.xxx.148 (total posts: 1)
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Matt Ryan proved to be much beettr against us that I thought he would be. I figured he was overrated and possibly a choker, despite the nickname, based on what i'd seen and heard. But he was deadly accurate on a ton of intermediate and long patterns. He wins the throwing-talent competition by a fair margin.But you raise an interesting point, Grant. As good as he was in the first half, he somehow did find a way to help his team score zero second half points. I think Alex is more of a gamer than Ryan. I think Alex has played games in the last 12 months which are at the high end of quarterback accomplishment. The easy answer is Ryan, but its not as close as it appears on the surface. I wish Alex well, and despite the incredibly long odds, I actually think there are non-zero probability scenarios where both a healthy Kaep and a healthy Alex are on our roster next year. Not counting on it, but it can't be ruled out and I'd certainly welcome him on the roster. Any qb who gets exposed to the run is a risk for serious injury, and a solid backup is required. Odds are it will be Tolzein, but never say never. For his sake and ours, I hope Alex goes to Jacksonville ie, other conference and makes the Pro Bowl.
Keller 03-07-2013 05:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.180 (total posts: 1)
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Go take a look at Cody Davis from Texas Tech and his Pro-day and NFL Regional Combine Houston results. 4-year starter, NFL measurables, and combine results to match the kids in the top 2-3 rounds. He suffered having 4 DCs in 4 years, but is incredibly smart, adjusts quickly, covered for poor teammates on the field, and is a leader. From talking to a scout this weekend at his pro day, Cody will hads down be taken. This scout expected Cody wouldn't make it out of the mid rounds.
Fan of Steel 03-07-2013 03:23 am xxx.xxx.xxx.116 (total posts: 1)
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Hey Walt it's been over a month, are the Saftey and Corner Rankings gonna get updated any time soon?? I know there are QUITE A FEW players (i.e. Shamarko Thomas, JJ Wilcox) that have REALLY helped their causes with GREAT combine prefomances.
KB 03-05-2013 06:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx.248 (total posts: 1)
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Daimion Stafford just doesn't deserve to be on this list. I believe he will go undrafted. I'm sure they scouted him he just wasn't a top 27 safety.

I just spent time watching tape for you. He put up numbers but was inconsistent. He often took poor angles against the run and was a step to slow against the pass. Just doesn't have the speed or ability to react quickly enough to play FS at the next level IMO. Doesn't look explosive. UDFA

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