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2021 NFL Prospect Rankings: Strong Safeties

Washington

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Has primarily been a slot corner/ nickel with limited reps outside. Somewhat undersized he plays a lot bigger. Has a muscular compact frame and displays fluid athletic ability and toughness. Has quick feet with sudden reactions and easily flips his hips to change directions. Has been a very effective zone defender as an overhang player. Solid positioning in underneath zones he plays under deep routes and quickly breaks on short flat throws. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Syracuse

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Combined with his pass breakups he has been the most productive ball production safety in college football. With ideal size and athleticism Cisco is a physical safety with playmaking skill. Fluid hips to change direction and find the throwing lane in zone coverage. Plays quarters, deep third and will drop down to the hole in various coverage. At his best as a one or two high safety. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida State

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - A lengthy physical prospect who has the versatility to play as a hybrid, deep or box safety as well as some linebacker characteristics. Athletic, with quickness and change of direction skill he has been a playmaker in the Florida State defense since his freshman year. As a deep safety he tracks and adjusts moving downhill dropping ball carriers in their tracks. Solid fundamental tackler he explodes into tackles with gather and finish. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Virginia Tech

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Ideal size for a box safety he has flashed skill in the deep zones as well as the box. As a deep safety has primarily played quarters but also would rotate to one high at times. Quick to break out of his pedal he is explosive tracking downhill normally taking good angles and adjusting on the move. More of a wrap tackler he will make the occasional big hit dropping a ball carrier in his tracks. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Missouri

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays with a high motor and has experience one high and dropping in the box. Solid athlete with quick change of direction and fluid hips. Tracks well moving downhill from a deep safety. Normally secure tackler getting leverage and sinking his hips driving through the tackle. Makes the plays in space coming downhill. Processes route combinations both in the flat and deep coverage. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Auburn

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Lined up at free safety and rolled to the box as a traditional strong safety covering the flat or matching tight ends. Also has experience dropping to a middle hole and quarters coverage. Solid fundamentals he usually is in the right place in the scheme and sticks to responsibility. As a deep safety, plays with the right cushion and gets downhill with good angles. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Pittsburgh

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Has some experience at corner and slot corner but is primarily a safety playing in the box and one and two high. Has size and length for the position with solid athletic skill. Fluid in most movements he is normally quick to process and change directions. Quick in his pedal and transitions. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Instinctive versatile player who was productive lining up all over the USC defense. Has played deep coverage, overhang, and in the box as a situational inside linebacker. In run support he’s a heat seeking missile exploding downhill into tackles wherever he lines up. Takes consistent angles in pursuit. Slips blocks on the move but also flashed shed ability. Solid tackling skill moving downhill and in space. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - An athletic safety who shows quick fluid footwork with sudden reactions and change of direction. Has experience with quarters, two deep and one high safety as well as working the box as a Cover 3 strong safety. Smooth and low with his backpedal he can break out of a pedal or flat foot read with no wasted movement working downhill. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Illinois State

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - Experience as one and two high safety along with dropping down in the box. As a deep safety gets downhill with excellent angles to the ball. Has chase ability coming from the deep zones with excellent range. Athletic enough to make plays in space. Plays angles well when tackling and rarely gets out of position. As a box defender shows linebacker-like reads fitting gaps and is consistently around the ball. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

LSU

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - He has played linebacker, deep safety and the hybrid position lining up as an overhang player on the edge. Normally plays with a non-stop motor when he’s chasing. Has played one and two high and shows range over the top with solid ball skills using his length to attack the catch point. Can track downhill from the deep zones adjusting well in traffic. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Oregon

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - High energy player he gets the most out of his frame. Has experience as a deep zone safety in Cover 2 and quarters along with playing one high. Also drops down to the box and plays match or flat coverage. Tracks well moving downhill with the lateral agility to react to elusive ball carriers. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Has ideal size for the position. Has experience as a one high safety along with playing deep half and quarters. On rare occasions dropped into the box. Shows a quick pedal maintaining good positioning in deep zones. Easily flips his hips to get over the top as deep half player. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Georgia

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - A little undersized for a safety but makes up for it with instinctive play and a nose for the football. Has the versatility to play one high or close to the line. Quick to diagnose run/pass he gets downhill in the run game making plays close to the line. Takes precise angles and can get through traffic to find the ball. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

San Diego State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays primarily as a box safety in the Warrior role in the Aztec 3-3-5 defense. This would put him as an overhang player, or in the box at linebacker depth. He also had reps as a deep safety. Solid in run defense he takes proper angles in pursuit and has a nose for the football. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Mississippi State

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - He’s still raw but has flashed playmaking skill in his brief career. Has size and athletic ability for a safety. Has experience primarily with one and two high coverage along with dropping in the box. From a quarters alignment or the low hole he tracks quickly downhill with normally precise angles to the ball. Excellent range in pursuit, his speed allows him to make plays on the perimeter from a quarters alignment. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Auburn

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - He doesn’t stand out in any area on defense, but he can fill multiple roles in addition to the special team prowess. Fluid and easy moving, versatile defensive back who wore multiple hats in the Auburn secondary. Natural turn and go ability in his hips. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Southern Miss

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Thick compact build bordering on linebacker size. Played in two high schemes mostly in quarters and Cover 2. Aggressive working downhill from a flat foot quarters read he adjusts well to movement with range to make plays in the alley. Flashes hand usage when confronted by a block and can slip blocks on the move. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Stanford

Projected Round: PFA


San Diego State

Projected Round: PFA


Texas Tech

Projected Round: PFA


Florida

Projected Round: PFA


Purdue

Projected Round: PFA


BYU

Projected Round: PFA