2023 NFL Draft Prospects: Safety



The top 2023 Safety prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2023 prospect. ** - denotes 2026 prospect.

This page was last updated July 31, 2021. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.

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2021 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 | P

2022 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 | P

2023 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 | P

Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Xavier McKinney, Alabama
1. Notre Dame image Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2023): 1.
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7/31/21: Hamilton totaled 56 tackles, an interception and six passes broken up in 2020. In 2019, he put together an excellent freshman season for Notre Dame, showing good ball skills with four interceptions and six passes broken up to go along with 41 tackles.

On top of playing well, the 6-foot-4, 216-pounder has upside as well as very good height and length for the position. Hamilton shows the versatility to play free safety or strong safety, to serve as the eighth man in the box, and or to handle man coverage on tight ends. The only role he should not be assigned is playing man on slot receivers, but he is a tough run defender who has excellent instincts in pass coverage. Hamilton has intelligence, good vision, and superb closing speed. He possesses the potential to be an excellent NFL safety. It would be surprising if Hamilton returned to Notre Dame for 2022, but he has enough eligibility to be a prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
2. Michigan image Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
Height: 6-0. Weight: 192.
Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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7/31/21: Hill was able to break onto the field as an underclassman and played well for the Wolverines immediately. In 2019, he notched 36 tackles, an interception and three passes defended. He was even better in 2020 despite the shortened Big Ten season, notching 45 tackles, four passes defended and an interception. Hill has a good skill set with upside to develop in 2021 and/or 2022.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
3. LSU image Jay Ward, S/CB, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 176.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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7/31/21: Ward flashed in 2020, showing some ball skills at cornerback. He recorded 29 tackles, three passes interceptions and nine broken up on the year, which was his first season of serious playing time. Ward has been moved to free safety, and playing in coverage on the back end could be a better fit for him. Ward has potential and also needs to fill out his frame for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Grant Delpit, LSU
4. Georgia image Christopher Smith, S, Georgia
Height: 5-10. Weight: 185.
Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3.
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7/31/21: Smith is a fast and athletic safety who has good instincts and coverage skills, but he will need to gain weight to tackle in the NFL. As the Bulldogs' free safety in 2020, Smith did not produce a big year statistically, but he impressed the advance scouts with his coverage ability.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
5. Alabama image Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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7/31/21: Battle was a tough defender for Alabama in 2020, totaling 58 tackles, an interception and four passes defended. Over the course of the season, Battle illustrated that he has a good skill set and upside to improve as he gains experience.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Ashtyn Davis, California
6. Alabama image Demarco Hellams, S, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - J.R. Reed, Georgia
7. Florida image Reshad Torrance*, S, Florida
Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Darnay Holmes, UCLA
8. Ohio State image Marcus Hooker*, S, Ohio State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Terrell Burgess, Utah
9. Penn State image Ji'Ayir Brown, S, Penn State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Antoine Brooks, Maryland
10. Alabama image Daniel Wright, S, Alabama
Height: 6-0. Weight: 197.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
11. Tulane image Larry Brooks, S, Tulane
Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.6.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
12. Indiana image Marcelino Ball, S, Indiana
Height: 5-11. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jalen Elliott, Notre Dame
13. TCU image La'Kendrick Van Zandt, S, TCU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 204.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA.
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2021 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 | P

2022 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 | P

2023 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 | P





 








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