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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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2015 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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crazyphatdude14 03-02-2013 06:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.10 (total posts: 1)
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Why do you not have Daimion Stafford ranked??? He went to the NFL Scouting Combine, he was 2nd team All-Big 10. I have tweeted at Walt and Charlie a number of times and they refuse to scout this player. I don't know why. I know that they probably get 1000s of tweets a day and they probably didn't see mine, but I still feel like if a player is on every scout's radar, then they should be listing him on their website...
Miss Spell 02-19-2013 11:26 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.14 (total posts: 1)
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I'm sorry, but I can't take any of this information seriously when I'm spotting typographical errors throughout the page. If you don't pay attention to detail when you're typing this information into a web site, then you probably don't pay good enough attention to detail when you're obtaining the information that you've gathered.
tampa ak 02-18-2013 10:09 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.116 (total posts: 1)
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what happen to Trawick of Troy, the kid led the sunbelt, at his position, and looked good at the Texas vs The Nation game,
BalcoBomber25 02-12-2013 10:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx.151 (total posts: 1)
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The sleeper steal of the draft is going to be Boston College safety Jim Noel. He is not the fastest but he has size at 6'3 and has the potential to play either safety spot or bulk up and move to 4-3 LB.
Nick L 02-06-2013 03:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.97 (total posts: 1)
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Ray ray Armstrong will be the defensive steal of the draft. Five years down the road a lot of ppl will regret not drafting him
Observer 02-05-2013 01:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxxnown (total posts: 1)
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Otha Foster III West ALabama--this kid runs a 40 @ 4.35 raw-He's 6'1 and 210!!! He had 6 interceptions this season just to name one of his awesome stats. He only played D2 because Ole Miss couldn't sign him because he only had one year left to play in D1. After Pro Day and Combine. He will be a household name. Diamond in the Rough! He's listed as #1 D2 Strong Safety and is up in draft at this time as a free agent.
FireUpChips 02-03-2013 02:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.189 (total posts: 1)
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walt you need to check out the kid from Central Michigan, not having him even listed is a bit of joke, probly a 3rd or 4th rounder but i could def see him getting into the 2nd.

Youv got swearigen way to low as well. 5th or 6 round? come on man
Jonah 02-01-2013 02:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.38 (total posts: 1)
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T.J. McDonald, S, USC is overrated imo. He can't play in man coverage. He got owned at Senior Bowl practice.
stillwow 01-31-2013 07:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.92 (total posts: 2)
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You only moved Swearinger up two spots? Have you not watched the guy's tape yet? Also, Kenny Vaccaro is waaay overrated. The guy is a day 2 pick at best.
Vijay Swearingen 01-31-2013 01:28 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 1)
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DJ Swearinger is the best of the bunch. He's an intimidating presence coming downhill and can cover half the field, backs, TEs, even some wideouts. Oh and his name is close to mine, so greatness. Only issue I see is some personal foul penalties but I'll take those if he inspires the rest of my Packers defense to play better!
h 01-31-2013 12:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.67 (total posts: 1)
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you got shamarko's speed wrong. he will be the fastest player in this years draft and its going to skyrocket his stock. he may easily end up being a second day pick

4.2 forty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imogy2itViA
Geoff 01-31-2013 11:27 am xxx.xxx.xxx.104 (total posts: 1)
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Dexter McCoil? Tulsa??
wow 01-27-2013 01:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.92 (total posts: 2)
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How can you honestly put Swearinger 20? I would easily take him over that overrated Texas safety. At least Swearinger doesn't shy away from hits like Vaccaro does.
Coherent 01-20-2013 04:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 1)
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Shamarko Thomas is going to rub a sub 4.3, and he is pretty underrated. He has play making ability. Swearinger is an agressive SS, but he is explosive and and has a ton of potential. Both will be day 2 picks.
@Walt 01-10-2013 02:58 am xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 1)
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You're sleepin on D.J. Swearinger. He could be a second day pick.
Safeties:
1. Matt Elam 1st
2. Kenny Vaccaro 1st-2nd
3. Tony Jefferson 2nd
4. T.J. McDonald Mid 2nd
5. Eric Reid Mid 2nd
6. Robert Lester Late 2nd early 3rd
7. Baccari Rambo 3rd
8. D.J. Swearinger 3rd
9. Shawn Williams Mid 3rd
10.Duke Williams 4th
11.Shemarko Thomas 4th
12.David Amerson 4th
13.Josh Evans 4th
14.Phillip Thomas 5th

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