2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Safeties
West Virginia S Karl Joseph
West Virginia S Karl Joseph
Posted Aug 9, 2013

CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - Safeties

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Player Rankings - Safeties

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects.

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1. (FS) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Jr. Alabama
Ready to be the new signature star of the secondary is Clinton-Dix, a 6-1, 208-pound rangy safety out of Orlando who was the nation's No. 1 safety prospect in the 2011 class. With 37 tackles and a team-leading five picks with four broken up passes, he's playing up to the hype and talent coming up with an interception in each of the last three games last year to go along with seven tackles in the BCS championship. An explosive athlete with great smarts and the uncanny ability to always be around the ball, he should do even more.

2. (FS) Tre Boston, Sr. North Carolina
After thinking about turning pro early, he opted instead to return to school for his final year. The 6-1, 205-pounder brings 27 career starts and a diverse skill set into the 2013 campaign. Not only did he lead the Tar Heels with 86 tackles last season, but he also tied for the team lead with four interceptions. Boston operates with the maximum swagger on Saturdays, confidently roaming the final line of defense. He'll have a chance to use this season as an audition for pro scouts.

3. (SS) Craig Loston, Sr. LSU
The 6-2, 205-pounder was a consensus five-star prep recruit out of Texas, and has always been known as a serious hitter in the mold of former Tiger Chad Jones. Loston has struggled through injuries during his time in Baton Rouge, and hopes to make his final year leave up to his prep expectations. He received AP second team All-SEC honors, finishing with 55 tackles and three interceptions.

4. (FS) Deone Bucannon, Sr. Washington State
The fourth-year starter reached a new level of production a year ago, landing on the All-Pac-12 Second Team. The 6-1, 198-pound enforcer missed a game, yet still registered 106 tackles, the most by a Cougar since 1996, to go along with four interceptions. He plays with an NFL-caliber blend of skills, including the pop to deploy receivers' airbags and the ball skills of a seasoned cornerback.

5. (SS) Dion Bailey, Jr. USC
Bailey, a fixture at linebacker the last two seasons, is moving to strong safety, a position that better fits his 6-0, 210-pound frame. Actually, the 2011 Defensive Freshman of the Year has always conducted himself like a hard-hitting enforcer, traversing the entire field in order to lower the boom. Instinctive and skilled in the art of open-field tackling, he ranked third on the squad in 2012 with 80 stops, eight of which were for minus yards, and added a team-high four picks.

6. (SS) Hakeem Smith, Sr. Louisville
7. (FS) Ed Reynolds, Jr. Stanford
8. (FS) Daytawion Lowe, Sr. Oklahoma State
9. (SS) Isaiah Lewis, Sr. Michigan State
10. (FS) Nickoe Whitley, Sr. Mississippi St
11. (FS) Karl Joseph, Soph. West Virginia
12. (FS) Isaiah Johnson, Sr. Georgia Tech
13. (FS) Calvin Pryor, Jr. Louisville
14. (SS) Ibraheim Campbell, Jr. Northwestern
15. (FS) Marrell Jackson, Soph. Hawaii
16. (FS) S Demetruce McNeal, Sr. Auburn
17. (SS) Kiante Young, Sr. WKU
18. (FS) Derron Smith, Jr. Fresno State
19. (FS) Isaiah Johnson, Sr. Georgia Tech
20. (SS) Ahmad Dixon, Sr. Baylor
21. (FS) S Dezmen Southward, Sr. Wisconsin
22. (FS) Kenny Ladler, Sr. Vanderbilt
23. (SS) Sam Carter, Jr. TCU
24. (SS) Ty Zimmerman, Sr. Kansas State
25. (FS) Demarco Nelson, Sr. Tulsa
26. (SS) Luke Wollet, Sr. Kent State
27. (SS) Daniel Sorensen, Sr. BYU
28. (SS) Darwin Cook, Sr. West Virginia
29. (FS) Jeremy Ioane, Jr. Boise State
30. (SS) Clayton Geathers, Jr. UCF