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2023 NFL Draft: Scouting The Top Safety Prospects

Scouting the top safety prospects on the Football Scout 365 NFL Draft board.



Mid to late 1st Round Grade

Brian Branch Alabama Safety/Nickel: At 6-0 190 lbs, Branch possesses good size and athleticism for the safety position. He is a versatile player who can play deep safety or closer to the line of scrimmage as a box or nickel safety. He has the speed and quickness to cover receivers man to man, and he possesses enough physicality to defend TE's. Branch is a sure tackler that possesses good instincts and ball skills. He has a knack for being around the ball and making game-changing plays.


Mid 2nd to 4th Round Grade

Antonio Johnson Texas A&M Safety/Nickel: At 6-2 195 lbs, Johnson possesses excellent size and athleticism for the safety position. He is a versatile player that can play deep safety, or line up near the line of scrimmage and in the nickel. Johnson is a hard-hitting tackler and possesses good instincts and ball skills.


3rd-4th Round Grade

Christopher Smith Georgia Safety/Nickel: Smith is known for his range and versatility, as he is a safety who can play both in the box to defend against the run or slide over to the slot corner position to play man-to-man coverage. He has good size for the position at 6'0" and 195 pounds. Smith also has good instincts and awareness, allowing him to diagnose plays and quickly react to the action on the field.

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