DEEP FRIED DRAFT
2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the Safeties
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. Beginning January 22nd, 110 senior football prospects will interview with and practice in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. Tuesday morning, the players will weigh-in and then both teams will lightly practice in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest practice days when both squads practice in full pads. This culminates in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game can also be seen live on NFL Network.
Deep Fried Draft will have it covered all week. Look for daily write-ups about the practices each day.
Below I rank the safeties playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst in this year's game.
**Please note that these rankings are based on what I have seen up to this point. What I see upon further tape study, Senior Bowl performance, and the rest of the draft process will likely change these rankings.**
***This also reflects the roster that was announced in early January***
1 Nasir Adderly Delaware Sr 6'0 200
Adderly is well thought of in the draft community. After watching some of his game tape, I can see why. He may even get the opportunity to play some corner in Mobile.
2 Juan Thornhill Virginia Sr 6'0 200
Thornhill is a rising safety prospect. He is a solid tackler with great ball skills. In 2018, he has 58 solo tackles and five picks.
3 Jaquan Johnson Miami (FL) Sr 5'11 190
Johnson is a speedy safety prospect that will bring the hammer. He notched 188 tackles over the last two seasons (98 solo). Johnson also donned the turnover chain eight times.
4 Johnathan Abram Mississippi State Sr 6'0 215
A former JUCO star, Abram has become one of the best safeties in the SEC. He is a ferocious hitter. Sometimes a bit too much. Abrams aggressiveness will serve him well on special teams early.
5 Marquise Blair Utah Sr 6'2 195
Blair is another big hitter in the backend. Scouts tell Jim Nagy that they also want to see him rep at corner during practices.
6 Will Harris Boston College Sr 6'2 210
Harris is a rangy safety who has been a three-year starter for BC.
7 Khari Willis Michigan State Sr 6'0 215
Willis is a two-year starter for the Spartans. He has recorded over seventy tackles in each of the last two seasons.
8 Marvel Tell Southern Cal Sr 6'2 195
Tell has started 29 games for the Trojans. He is a great player in run support and has some range.
9 Sheldrick Redwine Miami (FL) Sr 6'1 195
Redwine is more of a rangy centerfield type compared to his Hurricane counterpart Jaquan Johnson. He finished with five career picks and 8 PBUs. Redwine is going to mostly play corner in Mobile.
10 Mike Edwards Kentucky Sr 6'0 201
Mike Edwards has 10 career INTs and over 300 career tackles.
11 Darnell Savage Maryland Sr 5'11 200
Savage has been a ball hawk for the Terrapins. He has eight career picks, including seven in the last two seasons.
12 Darius West Kentucky Sr 6'0 210
Rush is a two-year starter for the Wildcats with four takeaways in the last two years.