Safeties

Michigan State v Ohio State

By Oliver Connolly, Editor-In-Chief

What we’re looking for/grading

Production – The players collegiate production relative to competition, including; Passes defended and interceptions.

Athleticism – The blend of height-weight-speed. Informed largely by combine numbers and pro days.

Instincts – A player’s instincts in centerfield and dropping into the box to play the run. Has a good understanding of leverage, play recognition, understanding of route combinations, quick eyes, eye discipline and strong understanding of zone coverages/combination coverages. Must not be easily manipulated by the quarterbacks eyes.

Coverage Skills – A player’s ability to cover the middle of the field and play with range sideline-to-sideline. Must have quality footwork, agility, change of direction skills and hands.

Playmaking – A player’s on-ball skills. The ability to locate and track the ball, play in contested situations, leaping ability, jumping routes, high pointing the ball and make plays on the ball.

Run Defense – The ability to drop in the box and play like a weakside linebacker. Do they play with leverage, set the edge, control the POA, take the correct angle to the ball and tackle consistently one-on-one?

Grade Scale:

1 – Poor

2 – Below Average

3 – Average

4 – Above Average

5 – Elite

Positional Averages:

Pos. Height Weight. Arm Hand Bench 10 20 40 VJ BJ SS LS 3 Cone
SS/FS 6-0 207 31 7/8 9 3/8 17 1.60 2.64 4.52 35.4 9-10 4.13 11.22 6.81

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School

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Production

Athleticism

Instincts

Coverage Skills

Playmaking

Run Defense

Vonn Bell

Ohio State

5-11, 205

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Marcus Maye

Florida

6-1, 207

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Jeremy Cash

Duke

6-2, 210

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Darian Thompson

BoiseState

6-2, 212

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Jalen Mills

LSU

6-1, 196

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Jayron Kearse

Clemson

6-4, 210

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T.J. Green

Clemson

6-3, 205

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Karl Joseph

West Virginia

5-11, 195

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Tony Conner

OleMiss

6-1, 215

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