The safety position has a renewed importance in the NFL these days. Earl Thomas, Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Weddle all represent the style of play teams want, and need, at the position. But how does the incoming class of rookies look?
That’s what the NFL Draft 100 aims to identify. Looking only at the film, who is the best?
The B/R NFL Draft 100 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position, which are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale. Unlike our NFL 1000 series, this project factors in upside for each player—as the NFL draft is as much about upside as it is about production.
Safeties are judged on coverage (40 points), run defense (20), speed (20), upside (20) and all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.
In the case of ties, the ranking is based on which player I would prefer personally.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
I scouted each player with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study and in-person evaluation.