2024 NFL Draft Prospects: Safety



The top 2024 Safety prospects available for the 2024 NFL Draft. * – denotes 2025 prospect. ** – denotes 2026 prospect.

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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

2024 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

2025 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

1. Miami image Kamren Kinchens*, S, Miami
Height: 5-11. Weight: 206.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2024): 1-2.

2/10/24: Kinchens was phenomenal in 2023. Despite missing time with a head/neck injury, Kinchens came back to the field and picked up where he left off in 2022 as an elite playmaker on the back end. In 2023 over 10 games played, Kinchens totaled 59 tackles, six interceptions and five passes batted. Kinchens needs to run well before the 2024 NFL Draft. Sources have said he could go as high as late in Round 1 or as low as Round 3.

9/2/23: Kinchens broke out in 2022 with six interceptions, five passes defended, 59 tackles and a forced fumble. While he does not have special size, Kinchens possesses good instincts and serious ball skills. He is athletic, rangy, and could be single-high deep free safety for the NFL. Finding playmaking deep safeties are a tough commodity, so if Kinchens can stay close to being as consistent as he was in 2022, there should be a lot of teams targeting him in the 2024 NFL Draft.



2. Iowa image Cooper DeJean*, S/CB, Iowa
Height: 6-1. Weight: 209.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2024): 1-2.

2/10/24: DeJean recorded 41 tackles, two interceptions and five passes broken up in 2023 before a season-ending lower leg injury. Multiple NFL team sources said they think DeJean’s best role in the pros would come as a safety and slot corner, although they do feel he could be a starting outside corner. However, a lack of juice could make him a better fit as a slot/safety hybrid.

9/2/23: DeJean was all over the field for Iowa in 2022, making big plays on his way to totaling 75 tackles, five interceptions and eight passes defended. It was a breakout season for hum. DeJean is a gritty and instinctive defender. It will be interesting to see if DeJean is as large as his listed numbers and how well he is put together physically for the NFL. While he has played cornerback for Iowa, some team sources who have already done tape study on DeJean say they believe he would be a better fit at safety in the NFL.


Seasonal Stats

Season Team Games PBU Int IntRetTDs TFL Tackles Sacks
2021 Iowa 7 0 0 0 0 4
2022 Iowa 13 8 5 3 3 75
2023 Iowa 10 5 2 0 3 41

Game Log

Date Opponent Result PBU Int IntRetTDs TFL Tackles Sacks
9/2/2023 Utah St. 24-14 0 0 0 0 7
9/9/2023 @ Iowa St. 20-13 1 0 0 1 10
9/16/2023 Western Mich. 41-10 0 0 0 0 2
9/23/2023 @ Penn St. 0-31 0 0 0 0 5
9/30/2023 Michigan St. 26-16 0 1 0 0 6
10/7/2023 Purdue 20-14 1 1 0 0 3
10/14/2023 @ Wisconsin 15-6 1 0 0 1 3
10/21/2023 Minnesota 10-12 0 0 0 0 2
11/4/2023 @ Northwestern 10-7 1 0 0 1 3
11/11/2023 Rutgers 22-0 1 0 0 0 0
11/18/2023 Illinois 15-13 0 0 0 0 0
11/24/2023 @ Nebraska 13-10 0 0 0 0 0
12/2/2023 Michigan
@ Indianapolis, IN
0-26 0 0 0 0 0
1/1/2024 @ Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0


3. Minnesota image Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota
Height: 6-2. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2024): 1-2.

2/10/24: In 2023, Nubin recorded five interceptions, four breakups and 53 tackles. He made some splash plays, but he also had issues with missed tackles.

9/2/23: Some teams had Nubin graded as a potential first- or second-round pick prior for the 2023 NFL Draft prior to him returning to Minnesota for another year. In 2022, Nubin totaled 55 tackles, four interceptions and three passes defended. He had similar production in 2021 with 49 tackles, three picks and two passes broken up. Pro evaluators like that Nubin is big, physical, instinctive, and has impressive movement skills for a player his size.



4. Georgia image Javon Bullard*, S/CB, Georgia
Height: 5-10. Weight: 197.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2024): 2-3.

2/10/24: Bullard notched 56 tackles, two interceptions and five passes broken up in 2023. He played well despite being banged up.

9/2/23: Bullard is a corner/safety hybrid who is similar to Detroit Lions defensive backs C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Brian Branch. In 2022, Bullard recorded 46 tackles, two interceptions, three passes broken up and 3.5 sacks. Bullard is highly instinctive, tough and physical, and has excellent feel and awareness. Bullard has a thinner frame, so it would help him to gain some weight for the NFL.


Seasonal Stats

Season Team Games PBU Int IntRetTDs TFL Tackles Sacks
2021 Georgia 14 0 0 0 0 12
2022 Georgia 14 3 2 0 8 46 3.5
2023 Georgia 11 5 2 0 1 55

Game Log

Date Opponent Result PBU Int IntRetTDs TFL Tackles Sacks
9/2/2023 UT Martin 48-7 0 0 0 0 4
9/9/2023 Ball St. 45-3 0 0 0 0 1
9/16/2023 South Carolina 24-14 0 0 0 0 0
9/23/2023 UAB 49-21 0 0 0 0 0
9/30/2023 @ Auburn 27-20 2 0 0 0 10
10/7/2023 Kentucky 51-13 0 0 0 0 1
10/14/2023 @ Vanderbilt 37-20 1 0 0 0 4
10/28/2023 Florida
@ Jacksonville, FL
43-20 0 0 0 0 7
11/4/2023 Missouri 30-21 0 1 0 0 6
11/11/2023 Ole Miss 52-17 0 1 0 1 5
11/18/2023 @ Tennessee 38-10 1 0 0 0 6
11/25/2023 @ Georgia Tech 31-23 0 0 0 0 6
12/2/2023 Alabama
@ Atlanta, GA
24-27 1 0 0 0 5
12/30/2023 @ Florida St. 0 0 0 0 0


5. USC image Calen Bullock*, S, USC
Height: 6-3. Weight: 180.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2024): 2-3.

2/10/24: Bullock totaled 61 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2023. He is a tall, rangy free safety who could stand to add some weight for the NFL.

9/2/23: Bullock had a breakout sophomore season for the Trojans in 2022, recording 48 tackles, five interceptions and six passes defended. He showed instincts and a knack for making some splash plays in the clutch. As a freshman, Bullock totaled 39 tackles, two interceptions and three passes defended. Bullock is a tall, long safety with ball skills. For the NFL, he could stand to get stronger and fill out his frame.



6. Miami image James Williams*, S/OLB, Miami
Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2024): 2-3.

2/10/24: Over the course of 2023, Williams racked up 73 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up. He moved to linebacker at Senior Bowl and turned in a good week of practice.

9/2/23: Williams is a big safety who has the size of a linebacker but moves pretty well for his size. Williams is more of a strong safety than a free safety for the NFL. He is consistent with his eye discipline, technique and tackling. However, his instincts aren’t bad and he has some coverage ability with flashes of physicality. In 2022, he recorded 59 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and six passes broken up.



7. Utah image Cole Bishop, S, Utah
Height: 6-1. Weight: 209.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

2/10/24: Bishop totaled 60 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and three passes defended in 2023.

9/2/23: Bishop only started half the 2021 season, but he played really well for the Utes, recording 54 tackles, three sacks and five passes broken up. In 2022, he collected 83 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception and three pass breakups. If Bishop builds on his performance during his junior year, he could definitely rise for the 2024 NFL Draft.



8. Georgia image Tykee Smith, S, Georgia
Height: 5-9. Weight: 206.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

2/10/24: In 2023, Smith totaled 70 tackles, four interceptions and two passes defended. He practiced well at the Senior Bowl. Smith is short, but has some instincts and is a polished defensive back.

9/2/23: Smith is undersized, but he is a tough football player. In 2022, he collected 29 tackles and one pass broken up. His best season came in 2020 with 61 tackles, two interceptions and five passes broken up.



9. TCU image Bud Clark, S, TCU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2024): 3-4.

2/10/24: Clark recorded 33 tackles, three interceptions and five passes broken up in 2023.

9/2/23: Clark was a solid presence in 2022, recording five interceptions, five passes broken up and 45 tackles. Clark has quality height and length, but he could stand to add weight to his frame for tackling in the NFL.



10. Florida State image Akeem Dent, S, Florida State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 203.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2024): 3-4.

2/10/24: Dent recorded 44 tackles, a pass defended, zero interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2023. He was a solid defender for the Seminoles.

9/2/23: Dent collected 53 tackles and four passes broken up in 2022. He really came on in the back half of the 2021 season, showing improved tackling to go with solid pass-coverage skills. That season, he collected 44 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up. Dent recorded 35 tackles and seven breakups in 2019.

For the Seminoles, Dent has played both cornerback and safety. The latter, however, looks like his best position for the next level.



11. Oregon image Evan Williams, S, Oregon
Height: 5-11. Weight: 202.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2024): 3-5.

2/10/24: Wiliams was a solid defender for the Ducks in 2023, recording 82 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass broken up. He had 66 tackles in 2022, after recording 90 tackles with three interceptions in 2021. Williams could be a backup safety and special teams contributor to start out his career.



12. Utah image Sione Vaki, S, Utah
Height: 5-11. Weight: 211.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2024): 3-5.

2/10/24: In 2023, Vaki totaled 50 tackles, an interception and two passes defended. The year before, he recordedd 40 tackles and three passes broken up. Vaki was a solid free safety for the Utes. He was okay in practice at the Senior Bowl, but not especially impressive.



13. Maryland image Beau Brade, S, Maryland
Height: 5-11. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
Projected Round (2024): 3-5.

2/10/24: Brade was solid for Maryland in 2023, totaling 75 tackles, an interception and six passes broken up. He totaled 85 stops, two interceptions and five breakups in 2022. Brade is a big strong safety candidate.



14. Oregon State image Kitan Oladapo, S, Oregon State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 219.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2024): 4-6.

2/10/24: Oladapo was a solid defender for the Beavers in 2023, racking up 73 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, seven passes broken up and two interceptions. He notched 80 tackles and six breakups as a junior. Oladapo is a backup strong safety and special teams candidate for the mid-rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft.



15. Auburn image Jaylin Simpson, S, Auburn
Height: 5-11. Weight: 178.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2024): 4-6.

2/10/24: Simpson was a good defender for Auburn during his senior year. There is no doubt that he needs to gain weight for the NFL, but he is a smart defender who is dependable in downfield coverage. He also is a fabulous special teams player. In 2023, Simpson recorded 38 tackles, four interception and three passes defended. In 2022, he collected 37 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defended. Simpson could be a nice mid-round backup who contributes on special teams and could possibly develop into a bigger role.



16. Oklahoma image Reggie Pearson Jr., S, Oklahoma
Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
Projected Round (2024): 4-6.

2/10/24: Pearson recorded 30 tackles and an interception during 2023.

9/2/23: Pearson was a decent defender for Texas Tech in 2022, recording 55 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended. After the season, he transferred to Oklahoma. Pearson was decent in 2021 and 2019. He could be more of a backup and special teams contributor.



17. TCU image Mark Perry, S, TCU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2024): 4-6.

2/10/24: In 2023, Perry totaled 58 tackles, a forced fumble and four passes defended.

9/2/23: Perry was a solid defender for the Horned Frogs in 2022, recording 84 tackles and two passes defended. The previous season, Perry played well at Colorado, totaling 66 tackles, three interceptions and three passes broken up. If Perry shows improved coverage skills as a senior, he could rise.



18. Ohio State image Josh Proctor, S, Ohio State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 198.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2024): 5-7.

2/10/24: Proctor recorded 47 tackles, an interception and eight passes broken up in 2023. He was solid, but unimpressive, for the Buckeyes.

9/2/23: Proctor recorded 21 tackles and two passes defended in 2022. He needs to improve his production in 2023.



19. Wake Forest image Malik Mustapha, S, Wake Forest
Height: 5-9. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2024): 5-7.

2/10/24: Mustapha could be a backup safety and special teams contributor in the pros. In 2023, he totaled 80 tackles, an interception and two passes defended. He recorded 58 tackles and three breakups in 2022. At the Senior Bowl, Mustapha looked like a backup and special teams contributor.



20. USC image Bryson Shaw, S, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2024): 5-7.

2/10/24: In 2023, Shaw collected 57 tackles.

9/2/23: In 2022, Shaw totaled 50 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up. He was a decent defender for the Trojans, but he needs to show more pass-coverage skills and playmaking ability. In 2021 with Ohio State, he had 59 stops to go along with an interception and three passes defended. Shaw was a backup for the Buckeyes in the previous two seasons.



21. LSU image Sage Ryan*, S, LSU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 203.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2024): 6-FA.

2/10/24: Ryan notched 35 tackles and three passes defended over the course of 2023.

9/2/23: Ryan had 23 tackles, a forced fumble and one pass broken up in 2022. He has a decent skill set with upside to rise now that he has a year of starting experience.



22. TCU image Millard Bradford, S, TCU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
Projected Round (2024): 7-FA.

2/10/24: Bradford recorded 54 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and four passes broken up in 2023.

9/2/23: Bradford was a decent defender in 2022, recording 58 tackles, an interception and eight passes defended. He had an interception and 52 tackles the previous year. Bradford needs to get stronger to tackle at the pro level.



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

2024 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

2025 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