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2016 NFL Preview: Top 50 Safeties

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What I look for in a Safety:

Instincts- Anticipating a run or pass, knowing where the ball is at all times and beating the offensive player to the spot.

Range- Sinking into deep halves coverage or single high, adjusting to vertical receivers, closing in quick, taking the proper angles, reading the quarterback’s eyes and tracking down running backs out of the backfield.

Tackling- Securing tackles in the open field, filling the alley in run support and laying the lumber to intimidate receivers going over the middle.

  1. Earl Thomas (Sea) 8.5
  2. Eric Berry (KC) 8.4
  3. Tyrann Mathieu (Ari) 8.4
  4. Devin McCourty (NE) 8.2
  5. ReShad Jones (Mia) 8.1
  6. Malcolm Jenkins (Phi) 8
  7. Harrison Smith (Min) 8
  8. Kam Chancellor (Sea) 8
  9. Morgan Burnett (GB) 7.8
  10. T.J. Ward (Den) 7.8
  11. Eric Weddle (Bal) 7.7
  12. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (GB) 7.7
  13. Reggie Nelson (Oak) 7.7
  14. Da’Norris Searcy (Ten) 7.6
  15. Tashaun Gipson (Jax) 7.6
  16. Jairus Byrd (NO) 7.5
  17. Glover Quin (Det) 7.5
  18. Kenny Vaccaro (NO) 7.5
  19. George Iloka (Cin) 7.5
  20. Rodney McLeod (Phi) 7.5
  21. Darian Stewart (Den) 7.5
  22. Eric Reid (SF) 7.5
  23. Byron Jones (Dal) 7.5
  24. Antoine Bethea (SF) 7.5
  25. Rahim Moore (Cle) 7.4
  26. Rashad Johnson (Ari) 7.4
  27. Patrick Chung (NE) 7.4
  28. Kurt Coleman (Car) 7.4
  29. Corey Graham (Buf) 7.4
  30. Marcus Gilchrist (NYJ) 7.4
  31. Tony Jefferson (Ari) 7.4
  32. T.J. McDonald (LA) 7.4
  33. Lardarius Webb (Bal) 7.3
  34. Isa Abdul-Quddus (Mia) 7.3
  35. Mike Mitchell (Pit) 7.3
  36. Adrian Amos (Chi) 7.3
  37. Duron Harmon (NE) 7.3
  38. Dwight Lowery (SD) 7.3
  39. Karl Joseph (Oak) 7.3
  40. Jahleel Addae (SD) 7.3
  41. DeAngelo Hall (Was) 7.3
  42. Duke Ihenacho (Was) 7.3
  43. Ron Parker (KC) 7.3
  44. Bradley McDougald (TB) 7.3
  45. Ricardo Allen (Atl) 7.3
  46. Keanu Neal (Atl) 7.3
  47. David Burton (Was) 7.3
  48. Jacquiski Tartt (SF) 7.3
  49. Daimian Stafford (Ten) 7.3
  50. Jonathan Cyprien (Jax) 7.3

 

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