2015 SAF Prospect Grades (FINAL)

A few notes on the latest Safety grades rankings...

  -- Take a couple of pounds off Shaq Thompson, and you without a doubt have the best Safety prospect in this draft. He is even at his current weight. Tremendous size, best hitter, a truly gifted player--one of my favorites in the draft.

 -- Quinten Rollins works so much better as a Safety than a Corner, but he could be a decent corner as well.

 -- James Sample is one of the sleepers of this group...a guy who sits outside the couple of bigger name Safeties, but might be as good as guys Landon Collins or a Quinten Rollins.

 -- Clayton Geathers is a player. He may deserve more consideration by us as a top Safety in this class. 

 -- Jaquiski Tartt is interesting. he's a sleeper for many. He tore up the FCS. he may just be 'solid' athletically at the next level. He was a big hitter in college, but playing inferior talent. 

 -- Note: some of these guys are graded/ranked as Cornerbacks as well. 

*The ratings are based on a 1–10 rating scale, but a prospect can score over 10.0+ and less than 0.0.

OVERALL RATING -- We merge the data from physical measurables, skill times/counts from the NFL Combine/Pro Days, with college performance data available on pass coverage/tackles, etc. and grade it compared to our database history of all college SS/FS prospects, with a focus on which SS/FS prospects went on to be good-great-elite in the NFL. We found characteristics/data points that the successful NFL SS/FS's had in common in college, that most other SS/FS prospects could not match/achieve.

Scoring with a rating over a 7.0+ in our system is where we start to take a SS/FS prospect more seriously. Most of the future NFL-successful college SS/FS prospects scored 8.0+ in our system, and most of the NFL-superior FS/SS's pushed ratings more in the 9–10.0+ levels overall. Future NFL busts will sneak into the 8.0+ rating range from time to time.

TACKLE/STRENGTH METRIC -- A combination of physical measurables and college performance, graded historically for future NFL profiling. In the simplest of terms, this is an attempt to classify the SS/FS as one more likely to be involved in a heavy amount of tackles, forced fumbles, and physical hits to separate a WR from the ball. It also gives some insight into the "toughness" of a player, if it is possible to quantify that (this is our attempt to).

SPEED/COVERAGE METRIC -- A combination of several speed, agility, size measurements as well as college performance. A unique measuring system to look for SS/FS prospects that profile for superior coverage skills and abilities.

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2015 SAF Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2015

A few notes on the latest Safety grades rankings...

  -- Take a couple of pounds off Shaq Thompson, and you without a doubt have the best Safety prospect in this draft. He is even at his current weight. Tremendous size, best hitter, a truly gifted player--one of my favorites in the draft.

 -- Quinten Rollins works so much better as a Safety than a Corner, but he could be a decent corner as well.

 -- James Sample is one of the sleepers of this group...a guy who sits outside the couple of bigger name Safeties, but might be as good as guys Landon Collins or a Quinten Rollins.

 -- Clayton Geathers is a player. He may deserve more consideration by us as a top Safety in this class. 

 -- Jaquiski Tartt is interesting. he's a sleeper for many. He tore up the FCS. he may just be 'solid' athletically at the next level. He was a big hitter in college, but playing inferior talent. 

 -- Note: some of these guys are graded/ranked as Cornerbacks as well. 

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A few notes on the latest Safety grades rankings...

  -- Take a couple of pounds off Shaq Thompson, and you without a doubt have the best Safety prospect in this draft. He is even at his current weight. Tremendous size, best hitter, a truly gifted player--one of my favorites in the draft.

 -- Quinten Rollins works so much better as a Safety than a Corner, but he could be a decent corner as well.

 -- James Sample is one of the sleepers of this group...a guy who sits outside the couple of bigger name Safeties, but might be as good as guys Landon Collins or a Quinten Rollins.

 -- Clayton Geathers is a player. He may deserve more consideration by us as a top Safety in this class. 

 -- Jaquiski Tartt is interesting. he's a sleeper for many. He tore up the FCS. he may just be 'solid' athletically at the next level. He was a big hitter in college, but playing inferior talent. 

 -- Note: some of these guys are graded/ranked as Cornerbacks as well. 

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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