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2011 NFL Draft - Safety Rankings
UCLA S Rahim Moore
UCLA S Rahim Moore
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 25, 2011


From a college football perspective, here's the ranking of all the top safety prospects.

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Top Ten Safeties


By Pete Fiutak

- 2011 NFL Safety Rankings - No. 11 - 25

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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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2010 NFL Combine Quick Looks & Post-Combine Rankings

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2010 NFL Combine Results
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2010 NFL Combine
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This Class Is … Awful. All-timer bad. There's no one worthy of a first round slot, and almost everyone past the top ten is run of the mill.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Deunta Williams, North Carolina
Most Underrated … Tejay Johnson, TCU
Most Overrated … Jeron Johnson, Boise State
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Davonte Shannon, Buffalo
 
1. Rahim Moore, UCLA (FS) 6-0, 202 (Jr.)
Not quite fast enough to be a corner, he still has the skills to hang with most receivers on the outside if needed and he’s talented enough to fly around at free safety making plays. He’s always around the ball and he has a knack to pick off passes with ten interceptions as a sophomore. Very quick and with a great burst, he closes on the ball in a hurry and plays faster than his timed speed. Not a big hitter though he has the body-type to unload, he’s not going to be the surest of tacklers and he’ll make his biggest impact against the better passing teams. While he’s not soft, he’s not known for being all that physical and he whiffs way too often in the open field. Even with all his issues, he’s athletic enough to be the type of player who comes up with big stats with a few big plays a game, but doesn’t do the little things right on a consistent basis.
CFN Projection: Second Round

2. DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (SS) 6-0, 217
Big and strong, he’s an intimidating force who looks the part and knows how to use his lumber to beat up receivers. He’s like another linebacker on the field, but he moves better with good cutting ability and all-around athleticism. He’s the type of run stopper who can hold up in a brawl, and he’ll also make plays in the open field. However, he missed on a few too many easy plays and bounces off ball-carriers a bit too often. For his size and toughness he gets buried way too easily and he’ll have to learn how to fight through the trash. There are concerns from a past assault and battery charge, but that was a few years ago.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

3. Robert Sands, West Virginia (SS) 6-4, 217 (Jr.)
One of the most interesting prospects in the draft, he’s huge, long, and very cut. There’s almost no fat on him and he’s able to use his frame and look as an intimidating force. A major-league hitter, arguably the best among the 2011 defensive backs, he blows up anyone with the ball, but that’s not always a plus. He tries for the highlight reel hit way too often and has the attitude that makes him want to be showy when making the routine play would do. Not strong enough, he has to hit the weight room hard to hold up better against the run. Still raw, he needs time and coaching, but the upside it limitless.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

4. Deunta Williams, North Carolina (FS) 6-2, 205
With good size and excellent speed, Williams is built to be an NFL free safety. He runs a 4.55 and has a long frame that’s great for hanging around with the taller receivers. A battler, he’s a very coachable, very good worker who likes to fight to make things happen. However, he’s not going to deliver the big hit and he doesn’t have the functional speed to match his straight line wheels. He has a lot of the tools, but he was mostly helped by being surrounded by a ton of talented players to help hide his mistakes. He might not be a special starter, but he’ll be functional in someone’s secondary for a long time if he can come back 100% healthy after suffering a broken leg in the Music City Bowl. If he was healthy, he’d be a sure-thing top 100 pick. He’ll heal.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

5. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma (SS) 6-1, 208
Thick and tough, he’s a terrific tacklers who’s always around the ball and always coming up with the play needed. On a defense full of terrific players, he still managed to stand out and showed the versatility to play either safety spot. A far better football player than an athlete, he’s not all that quick and he doesn’t move all that easily. Not good enough in coverage, he’s limited in coverage and will end up making most of his noise against the run. There might not be anything special about his game, but he’ll have to be surrounded by quicker defenders to hide his shortcomings. In a perfect world he’ll be like a smallish linebacker, but he’ll be exposed in passing situations.
CFN Projection: Third Round

6. Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple (SS) 6-0, 198
Versatile, he’s good in any scheme and can work in any safety position. While he’s thin and has the range of a free safety, he’s a great tackler and can bring the thump like a strong safety if needed. Great when the ball is in the air, he closes in a hurry and brings the pop when he gets the chance. Of course, there’s a difference between being physical in the MAC and at the next level, and he’s not fast enough to make a lot of the plays he came up with in college. A better football player than an athlete, there’s a hard ceiling on what he can become and he’ll have to be surrounded by quicker, stronger defensive backs. However, he’s a coach’s dream when it comes to attitude and drive, and he’ll make himself into a success.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

7. Tyler Sash, Iowa (SS) 6-0, 211 (Jr.)
A huge hitter and a flat-out baller, he hits like a ton of bricks and brings a big-time attitude on every play. He loves to hit, loves to go after the big play, and he doesn’t miss a stop popping like another linebacker. Now he has to hit the weight room to get strong enough to match his type of game. The 11 reps on the bench at the Combine were horrible, and he lacks the overall athleticism to make up for his problems. With his style, he could have a very, very short shelf life as a pro and could be a regular on the IR. He’ll be a fan favorite for a while, but eventually he’ll have problems against the pass and will give up way too many big plays. He’ll get picked on, but he’ll come up with enough highlight reel hits to be a regular.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

8. Ahmad Black, Florida (FS) 5-10, 184
While he has the football talent to play anywhere in a secondary, he doesn’t have the speed to be a corner, where he might be tried out at times, and he doesn’t have the thump to be a strong safety. Very quick, he can turn on a dime and go, but he doesn’t have the raw wheels to hang with an NFL receiver on a regular basis. Even so, he always seemed to be in the right place and he had the instincts to make a ton of big plays. He’s not going to be a top-shelf starter, but he could be a statistical star as a top nickel defender and a piece of a puzzle. He doesn’t have the size, the speed, or the raw measurables, but he has upside.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

9. Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech (FS) 6-0, 204 (Jr.)
With excellent size and the ability to throw his weight around, he’s a strong safety who’ll end up shining as a free safety. While not a blazer, the former cornerback moves extremely well and makes a ton of plays when the ball is in the air. The talent is there and the measurables are good enough to get by, but there are character concerns. He missed the entire 2008 season due to a sexual assault charge that was later dropped, but he had problems in the classroom and wasn’t exactly known as the hardest of workers. The NFL doesn’t care as long as you can play, and Tarrant can ball. He needs coaching and has to keep his nose clean, but as long as there aren’t any problems, he can become a solid NFL producer.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

10. Jeron Johnson, Boise State (SS) 5-10, 212
Athletic and tough, he has the raw tools and ability, helped by 23 reps on the bench, to be a solid strong safety. He moves well and he’s built for the position with a thick frame and a compact hitting ability. Experienced, he was a regular over the last four seasons for the strong Bronco secondary and was ultra-productive. While he’s a big hitter, he’s going to knock himself out of games. He didn’t at Boise State, but he might be too physical for his own good. Yes, he’s athletic, but he’s not going to do too much against the pass.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

- 2011 NFL Safety Rankings - No. 11 - 25