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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Safeties

The top 2015 safety prospects available for the 2015 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2016 prospect. ** - denotes 2017 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 13, 2013. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

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

  1. Haha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 209.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    9/10/13 Clinton-Dix had a breakout season in 2012 as a platoon player following Mark Barron's departure for the NFL. Clinton-Dix totaled 37 tackles with five interceptions, four passes broken up and a forced fumble.

    Clinton-Dix is very good in pass coverage as a deep defender and roving free safety. He covers a lot of ground, defends big receivers and has ball skills. The junior is expected to be the difference-maker in the Alabama secondary this year now that Robert Lester has moved on to the NFL, too.

    The Crimson Tide has produced a lot of good defensive backs, and Clinton-Dix looks like the next star to come out of Alabama's secondary with his combination of size and speed. The Orlando, Florida product was top recruit coming out of high school.

  2. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    9/10/13 Reynolds was one of the top safeties in college football in 2012. The junior had six interceptions with five passes broken up and 37 tackles. It was his first season as a starter.

    Reynolds has a nice skill set with good size and speed. What really stood out last year were his good instincts to make impact plays. Stanford should have a nice pass rush from its front seven, so Reynolds could be in position to have another big season causing turnovers in 2013. He needs to improve on his tackling and run defense. Reynolds missed the 2011 season with an injury.

    Personal: Majoring in political science. Son of Pamela and Ed Reynolds. His father played for the New England Patriots from 1983-1991 and one season with the New York Giants (1992).

  3. Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    9/10/13 Sunseri had a solid debut season in 2012, but was overshadowed by HaHa Clinton-Dix. The duo combined to replace Mark Barron and the play of Sunseri and Clinton-Dix left Alabama's defense not missing a beat. In fact, the secondary was even better. Sunseri was used more for his run defense. He had 52 tackles (34 solo) and six tackles for a loss. Sunseri notched three passes broken up and two interceptions as well.

    With Robert Lester moving on to the NFL, Sunseri should combine with Clinton-Dix to give Alabama an excellent safety combination in 2013. Sunseri is a natural football player with instincts.

    Personal: Son of Sal Sunseri, former Alabama linebackers coach and currently the defensive coordinator at Tennessee.

  4. Dion Bailey, S/OLB, USC
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    9/10/13 The speedy and instinctive Bailey is a very good pass-defender. He was a good Will linebacker in Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 at USC in 2012, totaling 80 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, four interceptions and five passes broken up. Bailey had 81 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks as a freshman in 2011. He has ballhawk ability and is back to playing safety in 2013. If that doesn't go well, Bailey could add weight to play outside linebacker in the NFL. He is competing for a starting position.

    Personal: Policy, planning and development major.

  5. Deon Bush*, S, Miami
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    9/10/13 Bush had an impressive true freshman season in 2012. He totaled 34 tackles with three passes broken up and three forced fumbles. Bush played well against Notre Dame with two forced fumbles. He should continue to get better as he gains experience.

  6. Josh Harvey-Clemons*, S, Georgia
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    9/10/13 With Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams on the roster, Harvey-Clemons was a backup and special teams contributor. The freshman recorded 14 tackles with a pass break up in 2012. Harvey-Clemons is in the starting lineup entering his sophomore season and was voted the defensive MVP at the end of spring practice. The former five-star recruit could potentially move to outside linebacker.

  7. Karl Joseph*, S, West Virginia
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    9/10/13 The West Virginia defense was terrible in 2012, but Joseph was one of the few bright spots. He led the defense with 104 tackles. The freshman also had two interceptions, three forced fumbles, six passes broken up, one sack and seven tackles for a loss. If Joseph can build on those numbers, it would help him to overcome being undersized.

  8. Denzel Nkemdiche*, OLB/S, Mississippi
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    9/5/13: Nkemdiche is overshadowed by his younger brother, Robert, who was the top recruit in the nation and chose to play with his brother at Ole Miss. After redshirting in 2011, Denzel Nkemdiche became a starter in 2012 and racked up 82 tackles with three sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and five passes broken up. Denzel Nkemdiche will have to move to safety in the NFL if he is unable to add weight to his frame. Personal: Son of Sunday and Beverly Nkemdiche. Majoring in psychology.

  9. Corey Moore, S, Georgia
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 214.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    9/10/13 Moore is expected to take over one of Georgia's open starting safety positions. Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams both moved on to the NFL, and that leaves a huge hole in the Bulldogs' defense. Moore had only 14 tackles in a backup role last year. There is hype that the junior is going to be a good player for Georgia, so he could climb in these rankings if that proves it to be justified.

    Personal: Majoring in communications.

  10. LaDarrell McNeil*, S, Tennessee
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 199.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    9/10/13 In 2012, McNeil was a Freshman All-SEC selection. He racked up 58 tackles with one forced fumble and one pass break up in 11 games. McNeil improved as the season progressed and was making some impact plays in the back half of the year. McNeil should only improve as a sophomore and junior.

    Personal: Majoring in management. Son of Annette Powers and Vincent McNeil.

  11. Tevin McDonald, S, Eastern Washington
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    9/10/13 If it weren't for off-the-field issues, McDonald would be higher in these rankings. He was kicked out of UCLA for violating team rules and transfered to Eastern Washington in the spring of 2013. McDonald was previously suspended by the Bruins for a reported failed drug test. He had an impressive 2012 season with 79 tackles, nine passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception. McDonald had 56 tackles, three interceptions, nine passes broken up and a forced fumble as a redshirt freshman in 2011.

    McDonald is very fast and covers a lot of ground. He has good instincts and is a natural free safety.

    Personal: Tevin is the younger brother of St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald (2013 third-round pick). Tevin is the son of Alycia and Tim McDonald. Tim McDonald played for the Arizona Cardinals (1987-1992) and San Francisco 49ers (1993-1999). Tim McDonald is currently the defensive backs coach for the New York Jets.

  12. Rohan Gaines*, S, Arkansas
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    9/10/13 Gaines broke into the starting lineup as a freshman for the Razorbacks. He was second on the team in tackles with 75. Gaines also chipped in four pass breakups and a forced fumble. He could use more bulk for the NFL and may be better as a free safety. Arkansas is playing him at strong safety and often lines him up in the box.

  13. Karlos Williams, S/OLB, Florida State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    9/10/13 Williams is an intriguing prospect to watch in 2013. He enters the starting lineup with Lamarcus Joyner moving over to cornerback. Williams is extremely big and fast. He was a backup safety last year, but started the ACC Championship Game at linebacker. The sophomore made the most of that opportunity with 11 tackles and an interception against Georgia Tech.

    Williams will get the chance this year to live up to being rated one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school.

  14. Elijah Shumate*, S, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    9/10/13 Shumate was a highly rated recruit and is expected to become an impact player for the Fighting Irish. He played as a freshman and was solid in some snaps at nickel cornerback. Shumate also contributed on special teams with nine tackles and a forced fumble. He is expected to be a starting safety in 2013.

    Personal: Son of Maurice and Debra Shumate.

  15. Hakim Jones*, S, North Carolina State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 198.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    9/10/13 Jones is projected to take over the starting strong safety position in 2013. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, he was backup to Earl Wolff. Jones still recorded 10 tackles and an interception.

  16. Cody Riggs, CB/S, Florida
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 179.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2014): 7-FA.

    9/10/13 Riggs had a good start to the 2012 and was playing well against Texas A&M before leaving with a broken foot. He was expected to be out a month, but never returned to the field.

    Riggs made his debut for the Gators as a true freshman in 2010 and started three games, but played mostly special teams. He had 18 tackles with an interception.

    Riggs won a starting spot in 2011 and had 31 stops with two passes broken. The redshirt junior could improve this year, but needs to become a mainstay on the field and produce more. Reportedly, Riggs has won a starting safety position as the replacement for either Matt Elam or Josh Evans.

  17. Watch List

    Matthias Farley, Notre Dame
    Landon Collins, Alabama
    Marcus Maye, Florida

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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CC 04-09-2014 03:03 pm (total posts: 1)
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No Dontae Johnson (FS) North Carolina St.?
Kristoff 04-06-2014 01:15 pm (total posts: 1)
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Where is Daniel Sorensen of BYU?
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Ball Hawk 02-21-2014 07:32 pm (total posts: 3)
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unbelievable Damon Magazu isn't on the list, if Sunseri is on the list Magazu should be very similar players they have also trained together before when their fathers coached together for the Carolina Panthers
Ball hawk 02-21-2014 07:27 pm (total posts: 3)
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Damon Magazu out of ECU 10 career INTs 80+ tackles a season, 5 INTs in the redzone, best asset is his mind, father is offensive line coach for Denver broncos
BroncoFan 02-17-2014 12:27 am (total posts: 1)
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Could you split safeties into two categories, FS and SS? OR at least place FS or SS as their position as opposed to just S? Thanks :D
MrDerp 02-04-2014 03:07 am (total posts: 1)
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Anthony Harris UVA will be the best Safety coming out in 2015. Due yourself some good and look him up. He led the NCAA with 8 ints and is an exceptional leader.
nfl 01-23-2014 09:31 pm (total posts: 1)
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where's Jimmie Ward?
Ben 01-15-2014 04:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jimmie Ward from NIU is going to be good. you need to check him out
allen lindley 01-11-2014 09:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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what no marqustion huff out of wyoming.fastest safety on the board.clearly needs a fourth rd grade if not better
Hugo 01-03-2014 05:16 am (total posts: 1)
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Frankie 01-02-2014 11:48 pm (total posts: 1)
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Donte 12-26-2013 07:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Ray Mitchell- UNI (led MVC in INTs and nation in INT for TDs)

Sam Holl---power hitter that is always the hardest hitter and best safety on the field game day)

Isiaih Johnson---Big 12 Newcomer of the year

Go browns Kenny 12-21-2013 01:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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What no Darwin Cook played two times better than Dix 5picks 81tlks 65solo but no where on the list but McDonald is y cause his bro went to USC come on cook will show up after the combine u will c o yea I hate west v but cook got it

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