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Ell’s Top 5 Safeties NFL Draft 2022

1. Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

Strengths: size/athleticism, coverage skills/ability to play deep, in the box, or LB 

Weakness: adding strength/weight

Draft Projection: Top 3 – Top 10

2. Jaquan Brisker, Penn State

Strengths: willing/physical hitter, good box safety/blitzer

Weakness: deep coverage versus speed, consistency

Draft Projection: Late 1st Round – Late 2nd Round

Daxton Hill, Michigan, Safety

3. Daxton Hill, Michigan

Strengths: versatility/can play CB, physical/willing hitter

Weakness: length/size (built like a CB), risk taker

Draft Projection: Late 1st Round – Mid 2nd Round

4. Jalen Pitre, Baylor

Strengths: coverage skills (mostly zone)/ball-hawk, willing/physical hitter             

Weakness: strength/weight, consistency/risk taking

Draft Projection: 2nd Round – Early 3rd Round

5. Lewis Cine, Georgia

Strengths: high volume/physical hitter, leadership/awareness     

Weakness: strength/weight, consistency in coverage

Draft Projection: 3rd Round – 4th Round

Position Grade: C+

The Safety position is highlighted by Hamilton as the only elite talent who I have as my #1 overall rated player in the draft and the only player I consider a day 1 starter. Brisker is a hitter who can also branch out to cover slot WRs, so he may be able to see time as a 3rd safety or maybe even starting Strong Safety in the right system. Hill is seen as a big press Cornerback by some teams which has risen him up the draft boards so his versatility could allow him to see high snaps in a secondary in need. Pitre has good coverage skills and his playmaking skills could get him snaps to prove himself as a starter, while Cine could be a box safety for the right team, both would fit best in zone coverage schemes.   

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