September 17, 2011; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin (23) is brought down by Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Safety Rankings

It isn’t very often when two safeties go in the first round, but it might happen this year. Kenny Vaccaro from Texas is the best of the class, and likely wont get past the teens. Mat Elam is the other possible 1st rounder, but I doubt we see him going higher than #28.

The Seahawks really have no need for a safety. Both Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are entrenched at their positions. It is possible that the Seahawks take one with the idea of that Kam is a free agent next year, but I don’t buy that they’re looking to replace him. The Seahawks also have Winston Guy and Jeron Johnson whom they really like, though neither is irreplaceable.

If the Seahawks take a safety, I expect it will be a free safety with serious speed to back up Earl Thomas. Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of options available. Perhaps the only one is Rashard Hall from Clemson.

Note: Take the FS/SS designations with a grain of salt. Both college and NFL teams have a wide variety of ways they use their safeties. Depending on the college and pro schemes, guys can switch positions in both directions.


Rank Player Pos P Rank School Height Weight
Kenny Vaccaro FS 1 Texas 6/1 214
*Matt Elam SS 1 Florida 5/10 208
Jonathan Cyprien SS 2 FIU 6/1 217
*Eric Reid FS 2 LSU 6/1 213
Phillip Thomas FS 3 Fresno State 6/1 208
Shamarko Thomas SS 3 Syracuse 5/9 213
*Tony Jefferson FS 4 Oklahoma 5/11 213
Bacarri Rambo FS 5 Georgia 6/1 211
Shawn Williams SS 4 Georgia 6/1 213
D.J. Swearinger FS 6 South Carolina 5/11 208
Robert Lester SS 5 Alabama 6/1 220
T.J. McDonald FS 7 Southern Cal 6/3 219
JJ Wilcox SS 6 Georgia Southern 6/1 213
Josh Evans FS 8 Florida 6/1 207
Zeke Motta FS 9 Notre Dame 6/2 213
Earl Wolff SS 7 North Carolina St. 5/11 209
Bradley McDougald FS 10 Kansas 6/1 215
Duke Williams SS 8 Nevada 5/11 201
Rontez Miles FS 11 California (PA) 6/1 203
Jawanza Starling SS 9 Southern Cal 6/1 202
Rashard Hall FS 12 Clemson 6/1 213
Keelan Johnson SS 10 Arizona State 6/1 209
Cooper Taylor SS 11 Richmond 6/4 229
John Boyett FS 13 Oregon 5/10 204
Ray Ray Armstrong SS 12 Miami (Fla.) 6/3 227
Don Jones SS 13 Arkansas State 5/11 196
Brandan Bishop FS 14 North Carolina St. 6/1 206
Alonzo Tweedy SS 14 Virginia Tech 6/1 195

 

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