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2016 SAF Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2016

*The free and strong safety percentages are computer model suggestions of their best fit in the NFL. 

We have Sean Davis graded ahead of Jalen Ramsey as both a cornerback prospect, and as a safety prospect – Davis has it all, elite speed-agility with safety toughness. No 'knock' on Ramsey…we just like Davis better.

Karl Joseph has a very shaky 8+ rating. Without reliable pre-draft details/measurables to work with we’re flying a little blind. Jeremy Cash -- the same with his rating…he has more upside with our grade, where Joseph has downside pressure on his grade. I’d take the sure thing, non-Combine invite, Kevin Byard over Joseph or Cash…just because of the pre-existing injury issues with Joseph and Cash. Byard might also work as a cornerback if needed.

Derrick Kindred and Peni Vea are very interesting safety prospects…how guys like this are ‘nowhere’ as prospects, and people are talking about a Vernon Hargreaves as a/the top safety in all the draft…I don’t get it. Not at all.

Justin Simmons is intriguing…razor-thin body, especially his legs, but pretty talented.

You can have Vonn Bell…he’s a nickel or dime coverage guy to me. He's not really a prospect who teams should target with a draft pick…but he’ll go top 50 because ‘Ohio State’.

 

The prospect we’re probably wrong about: Peni Vea, UNLV

He has the size-athleticism of a highly ranked safety prospect, but his tape is up and down. He makes some hard-hitting plays…and then a little too many sloppy efforts – tackles too high, and tries to wrestle ballcarriers to the ground way too much to be totally comfortable. He can be coached out of that, but it is an issue he brings to the NFL.

 

The prospect graded under 6.0 who could become a star in the NFL: Keanu Neal, Florida

There are times when Neal looks like a classic, great strong safety…a guy who hits like a ton of bricks. He is OK/solid with his athleticism, but his power-strength is above-average…his game is as a hitter. He moves better on tape than his measurables show. The biggest thing we see is his low output/impact in games, his non-existence on tape a lot of the time. For a guy to be a great NFL prospect, you’d hope he’d shine in games…he really didn’t.

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*The free and strong safety percentages are computer model suggestions of their best fit in the NFL. 

We have Sean Davis graded ahead of Jalen Ramsey as both a cornerback prospect, and as a safety prospect – Davis has it all, elite speed-agility with safety toughness. No 'knock' on Ramsey…we just like Davis better.

Karl Joseph has a very shaky 8+ rating. Without reliable pre-draft details/measurables to work with we’re flying a little blind. Jeremy Cash -- the same with his rating…he has more upside with our grade, where Joseph has downside pressure on his grade. I’d take the sure thing, non-Combine invite, Kevin Byard over Joseph or Cash…just because of the pre-existing injury issues with Joseph and Cash. Byard might also work as a cornerback if needed.

Derrick Kindred and Peni Vea are very interesting safety prospects…how guys like this are ‘nowhere’ as prospects, and people are talking about a Vernon Hargreaves as a/the top safety in all the draft…I don’t get it. Not at all.

Justin Simmons is intriguing…razor-thin body, especially his legs, but pretty talented.

You can have Vonn Bell…he’s a nickel or dime coverage guy to me. He's not really a prospect who teams should target with a draft pick…but he’ll go top 50 because ‘Ohio State’.

 

The prospect we’re probably wrong about: Peni Vea, UNLV

He has the size-athleticism of a highly ranked safety prospect, but his tape is up and down. He makes some hard-hitting plays…and then a little too many sloppy efforts – tackles too high, and tries to wrestle ballcarriers to the ground way too much to be totally comfortable. He can be coached out of that, but it is an issue he brings to the NFL.

 

The prospect graded under 6.0 who could become a star in the NFL: Keanu Neal, Florida

There are times when Neal looks like a classic, great strong safety…a guy who hits like a ton of bricks. He is OK/solid with his athleticism, but his power-strength is above-average…his game is as a hitter. He moves better on tape than his measurables show. The biggest thing we see is his low output/impact in games, his non-existence on tape a lot of the time. For a guy to be a great NFL prospect, you’d hope he’d shine in games…he really didn’t.

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About R.C. Fischer

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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