2017 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Safety

With the 2017 NFL Draft just a few months away, Zach continues his big board series where he breaks down the top prospects at each position in the draft. Next up: safety.

By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report Writer

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After breaking down the cornerbacks, we will now take a look at this year’s safety class. With the NFL being a heavy passing league, having top-tier safeties that can help cornerbacks over the top are a necessity for every defense. Luckily, if you are in need of secondary help, there is plenty available in 2017. Below is my initial big board for this year’s safety class.

  1. Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
  2. Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
  3. Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
  4. Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut
  5. Budda Baker, FS, Washington
  6. Josh Jones, FS, N.C. State
  7. Justin Evans, SS, Texas A&M
  8. Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
  9. Marcus Maye, FS, Florida
  10. Eddie Jackson, SS, Alabama
  11. Lorenzo Jerome, SS, St. Francis
  12. Rayshawn Jenkins, FS, Miami
  13. Jordan Sterns, FS, Oklahoma State
  14. Montae Nicholson, SS, Michigan State
  15. John Johnson, FS, Boston College
  16. Jadar Johnson, SS, Clemson
  17. Josh Harvey-Clemons, SS, Louisville
  18. Tedric Thompson, SS, Colorado
  19. Johnathan Ford, FS, Auburn
  20. Nathan Gerry, SS, Nebraska
  21. Dymonte Thomas, SS, Michigan
  22. Fish Smithson, FS, Kansas
  23. Xavier Woods, SS, Louisiana Tech
  24. David Jones, FS, Richmond
  25. Tony Conner, SS, Ole Miss
  26. Dallas Lloyd, SS, Stanford
  27. Ahmad Thomas, FS, Oklahoma
  28. Kai Nacua, FS, BYU
  29. Weston Steelhammer, SS, Air Force
  30. Demetrious Cox, FS, Michigan State

Class Position Strength: Above Average/High Upside

Class Superlatives:

Biggest Riser: Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
Biggest Faller: Lorenzo Jerome, St. Francis
Most NFL-Ready: Jamal Adams, LSU
Best Coverage: Malik Hooker, Ohio State
Best Strong Safety: Jamal Adams, LSU
Best Best Free Safety: Malik Hooker, Ohio State
Best Hybrid Defender: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Best Run-Stopper: Jamal Adams, LSU
Intangibles: Nathan Gerry, Nebraska
Highest Ceiling: Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
Could Disappoint: Marcus May, Florida
Could Surprise: Montae Nicholson, Michigan State
Biggest Question Mark: Lorenzo Jerome, St. Francis
Biggest Risk: Lorenzo Jerome, St. Francis
Biggest Sleeper: Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State

Previous Rankings:
Running Back
Wide Receiver
Tight End
Offensive Tackle
Offensive Guard
Defensive Tackle
Defensive End/Edge-Rusher

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