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2017 SAF Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Safety Grades/Rankings (2.0)

Updated grades on the Safety group. Their grades can and will change with new information in and we will update and add prospects to this list right up to draft day and beyond.

A few notes on our 2.0 rankings...

*Some of these Safety prospects are better (or worse) graded as CB prospects.

-- Obi Melifonwu is our top rated cornerback and safety prospect for 2017.

-- This safety class is very, very, VERY deep. I would not waste a top 100 (at least) draft pick on any one of them, except Melifonwu. There are 10-15 guys I'd be fine with/interested/I could see starting in the NFL at some point or playing situationally within my top 20 names.

In supply and demand terms, this class is oversupplied and thus economically inflated...and all of them (except Obi) should be discounted in overall value.

-- Donald Payne is an insane (good) prospect out of Stetson. His career numbers are out of this world. One of the greatest small-school DBs in history. It's hard to quantify him at this level and stunning output. He might be the best safety, after Obi, in this class.

538 career tackles. 42 PDs. 65.5 TFLs. 14.0 sacks.

-- Western Kentucky's Branden Leston is an intriguing deep sleeper prospect -- a three-cone in the 6.5s.

-- Michigan's Jeremy Clark may be a top 10 guy in this class, but couldn't workout pre-draft due to injury. We can only estimate his athleticism. he did a nice job filling in as a corner when asked this year. We probably have him undervalued.

-- We did drop Jabrill Peppers some on his failed drug test from the Combine.

-- We've jumped Jamal Adams up (since last grading) a bit due to his much better Pro Day. Using analytics on him gets confusing because of the huge disparity in speed times from the Combine to Pro Day...but that should not distract from the fact that he is a weaker tackler than most realize.

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2017 NFL Draft Safety Grades/Rankings (2.0)

Updated grades on the Safety group. Their grades can and will change with new information in and we will update and add prospects to this list right up to draft day and beyond.

A few notes on our 2.0 rankings...

*Some of these Safety prospects are better (or worse) graded as CB prospects.

-- Obi Melifonwu is our top rated cornerback and safety prospect for 2017.

-- This safety class is very, very, VERY deep. I would not waste a top 100 (at least) draft pick on any one of them, except Melifonwu. There are 10-15 guys I'd be fine with/interested/I could see starting in the NFL at some point or playing situationally within my top 20 names.

In supply and demand terms, this class is oversupplied and thus economically inflated...and all of them (except Obi) should be discounted in overall value.

-- Donald Payne is an insane (good) prospect out of Stetson. His career numbers are out of this world. One of the greatest small-school DBs in history. It's hard to quantify him at this level and stunning output. He might be the best safety, after Obi, in this class.

538 career tackles. 42 PDs. 65.5 TFLs. 14.0 sacks.

-- Western Kentucky's Branden Leston is an intriguing deep sleeper prospect -- a three-cone in the 6.5s.

-- Michigan's Jeremy Clark may be a top 10 guy in this class, but couldn't workout pre-draft due to injury. We can only estimate his athleticism. he did a nice job filling in as a corner when asked this year. We probably have him undervalued.

-- We did drop Jabrill Peppers some on his failed drug test from the Combine.

-- We've jumped Jamal Adams up (since last grading) a bit due to his much better Pro Day. Using analytics on him gets confusing because of the huge disparity in speed times from the Combine to Pro Day...but that should not distract from the fact that he is a weaker tackler than most realize.

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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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