• Sam Levine

Top 5 Safeties in the 2021 NFL Draft

Safety is a position that I haven't noticed a lot of people are talking about. This class has a few intriguing prospects, but overall isn't that exciting. There aren't many potential star players this draft cycle but it is still solid holistically. Here is my list, for the best 5 talents at the safety position in this upcoming draft.

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1. Trevon Moehrig, TCU

I am a huge fan of Trevon Moehrig. He's got excellent natural zone coverage skills as well as ball skills. He is a true centerfielder in the secondary with good range as well. Moehrig has a very high ceiling and could become a great NFL starter if he can improve his tackling and physicality.

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2. Paris Ford, Pittsburgh

Ford is physical! He profiles as almost the exact opposite type of player than Moehrig. He is a big time hitter that is truly a punisher. The Pitt man is best suited as a box safety for now, like a safety/linebacker hybrid. Although he does have the physical and athletic attributes to become a good coverage safety, he isn't quite there yet.

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3. Richie Grant, UCF

One thing Grant does really well that modern NFL teams will really value is that he can cover tight ends in man coverage really well. That is something that is essential for the modern NFL safety. Grant is an athletic guy and a good player with some very appealing traits.

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4. Richard LeCounte, Georgia

Not a lot of people have really talked about this guy. LeCounte has good instincts and an impressive ability to track and get to the ball in the air. He's not a complete player just yet but he definitely has the tools to become a positive impact on your team.

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5. Hamsah Nasirildeen, FSU

Nasirildeen is a very intriguing prospect. He is a really good player in man coverage and also a very talented run defender and secure tackler. However, the problem is that he isn't great in zone and his instincts and spacial awareness are lacking a bit. Despite those issues, you can see the potential to improve his zone skills whenever you watch his tape.

Honorable Mentions: Andre Cisco, Syracuse & Ar'Darius Washington, TCU