Free safeties wish list from the top of the top five ideals
Richie Grant, Central Florida
Grant comes from the same school that did Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin and he has worked out pretty well. But to replace Quandre Diggs at free safety, Seattle needs someone who can be a bit of a ball hawk and create turnovers. Grant can do that as he plays angles well as a pass defender but also likes to go for the ball on run plays.
He’s a bit light with weight at just 200 pounds but he can gain weight in the NFL and has excellent quickness to make plays on the ball and fit well as a free safety in the Seattle system.
Caden Sterns, Texas
The Seahawks took a Texas safety in 2010 and Earl Thomas worked out really well until the bitter end. Caden Sterns isn’t quite as good as Thomas but he does have a lot of speed to cover the deep middle. Sterns doesn’t hit as hard as Quandre Diggs but he is a decent tackler.
Sterns is a pure free safety. The issue is that while he was a bit of a ball-hawk as a freshman with four interceptions, he only had one the rest of his college career so it is unclear how well he will translate to the NFL.
Andre Cisco, Syracuse
Cisco is different from Sterns because he is the kind of safety who can play well close to the line of scrimmage and help stop the run. He isn’t huge at 5’11” and 200 pounds but he is a chiseled athlete and plays bigger than his size.
The big question about Cisco is health. He isn’t a big player but wants to hit like Kam Chancellor and in the NFL will obviously be playing bigger and faster players than he did in college. Can his body take that punishment?