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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.

This page was last updated May 30, 2011. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

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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.



2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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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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thebeveler 01-09-2013 04:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.93 (total posts: 1)
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Where is NC State's Erol Wolff? No mention of this guy anywhere and all he does is make plays.
PepPep 01-07-2013 05:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.82 (total posts: 1)
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Randolph-
I like Honey Badger, but I don't think his game translates well to be an NFL safety.

I think he is too small to be a starting safety in the NFL, he cannot cover NFL TE's, he cannot tackle NFL RB's. Maybe on certain downs you could use his ball hawking skills...

He will be best suited as a Nickel corner. Even then, his size will hurt him against some of the more physical Slot receivers.
Dave Davidson 01-01-2013 06:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.14 (total posts: 1)
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D.J Swearinger is vastly underrated
Bob 12-30-2012 08:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.177 (total posts: 1)
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Shamarko Thomas should be on here, he is on other boards rounds 2 to 5
J-Miggs 12-29-2012 06:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.89 (total posts: 1)
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Shamarko Thomas out of Syracuse needs to be on your radar. He will be drafted.
TOP DAWG 12-18-2012 12:05 am xxx.xxx.xxx.167 (total posts: 1)
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Count in McNesse State Malcolm Bronson, out this yr, with injury but rest assure he has a tremendous upside
@dumbass below 12-15-2012 05:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (total posts: 1)
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Redskins dont have a first round pick and your stupid if you think they would be better than Seattle's safties
Adam B 12-13-2012 09:27 am xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 1)
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Kenny Vaccaro in round 1, draft Kenny Tate to play SS for the redskins in the late rounds 6 or 7.

We will have he best safety combo in the NFL within a few years! 😁
Nick 12-07-2012 11:59 am xxx.xxx.xxx.160 (total posts: 1)
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Drew Frey, Cincinnati Bearcats!
Andre 12-07-2012 12:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 1)
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Kemal Ishmael
Senior
#18
UCF
116 Tackles
5 Tackles for loss
3 Interceptions
2 Passes Defended
2 Forced Fumbles
3 Fumble Recoveries
1 Sack
1 QB Hurry
Randolph 12-06-2012 02:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx.199 (total posts: 1)
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It's going to be funny when Honey Badger ends up being better then 90% of these safeties , I hope he ends up drafted by a strict coach such as Schiano for TB or Belichek or maybe even Lovie Smith
Nick 12-01-2012 10:07 am xxx.xxx.xxx.153 (total posts: 1)
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Zeke Motta!!!
Mitch 11-26-2012 11:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.38 (total posts: 1)
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Deone bucannon most tackles as a non linebacker
@Truth 11-14-2012 02:59 am xxx.xxx.xxx97.1 (total posts: 1)
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Right on. He is very very close in terms of talent to Harisson Smith last year. Might not be as fast, but a smart player who lays the wood. I am guessing a possible but unlikely 4th round pick, and unless his combine is disastrous, I don't see him lasting later than the 6th.
Drew McAllister 11-13-2012 07:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.71 (total posts: 1)
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USC safety

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