[UPDATE] 2018 NFL Draft Safety Rankings — Top 55

Underclassmen rule the safety position with Florida State Derwin James expected to be the first safety chosen, followed by the dynamic talents of Justin Reid of Stanford and Ronnie Harrison of Alabama. Some were surprised by the decisions of Jessie Bates of Wake Forest and Jordan Whitehead of Pitt but they both figure into the top 100 mix. Fast risers on the board include Dane Cruikshank of Arizona and Troy Apke of Penn State who continue to climb. IUP defensive back Max Redfield is a once highly though of prospect who transferred from Notre Dame after some off the field mischief. Washington safety Ezekiel Turner is one player who could turn out to be a better pro than he was collegiate player, while Monmouth safety Mike Basile was one of the biggest omissions from the NFL Combine. Teams in need of safeties will have plenty to choose from to invite to rookie camp, as there will be plenty of undrafted free agent options. If you’re enjoying our in-depth coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft, be sure to follow us @NFLDraftBible.



QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C


DT | 3-4 DE | 4-3 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST


1 Derwin James* (FS/SS) Florida State 1 LINK
2 Ronnie Harrison* (SS) Alabama 1 LINK
3 Justin Reid* (SS) Stanford 2
4 Jessie Bates III** (FS) Wake Forest 2 LINK
5 Jordan Whitehead* (FS) Pittsburgh 3 LINK
6 Armani Watts (CB) Texas A&M 3
7 Marcus Allen (FS) Penn State 3 LINK
8 DeShon Elliott* (SS) Texas 3
9 Kyzir White (SS/FS) West Virginia 4
10 Godwin Ibweguike (SS) Northwestern 4
11 Rashaan Gaulden* (FS/CB) Tennessee 4
12 Dane Cruikshank (CB/SS) Arizona 5
13 Quin Blanding (SS) Virginia 5 LINK
14 Terrell Edmunds* (SS) Virginia Tech 5
15 Troy Apke (SS) Penn State 5
16 Natrell Jamerson (SS) Wisconsin 7 LINK
17 Van Smith Clemson 7
18 Sean Chandler (FS/CB) Temple 7 LINK
19 Ezekiel Turner (SS) Washington UDFA
20 Damon Webb (FS/SS) Ohio State UDFA
21 Joshua Kalu (FS) Nebraska UDFA
22 Tre Flowers (FS) Oklahoma State UDFA
23 Tray Matthews Auburn/Georgia UDFA
24 Mike Basile (FS/SS) Monmouth UDFA LINK LINK
25 Cole Reyes North Dakota UDFA
26 Trayvon Henderson (FS) Hawaii UDFA
27 Max Redfield (CB/SS) Indiana (PA)/Notre Dame UDFA LINK
28 Dominick Sanders (FS/KR) Georgia UDFA
29 Trey Marshall (SS) Florida State UDFA
30 Tyrice Beverette (FS) Stony Brook UDFA
31 Afolabi Laguda (FS) Colorado UDFA
32 Kamari Cotton-Moya (FS) Iowa State UDFA
33 Secdrick Cooper (FS) Louisiana Tech UDFA
34 Jeremy Reaves (FS) South Alabama UDFA
35 Chucky Williams (FS) Louisville UDFA
36 Tracy Walker (FS) Louisianna Lafayette UDFA
37 Nate Andrews Florida State UDFA
38 Foyesade Olukun Yale UDFA
39 Kamau Dumas (CB/FS) Monmouth UDFA LINK
40 Evan Berry (FS/KR) Tennessee UDFA LINK
41 Malik Reaves (FS) Villanova UDFA
42 Jonathan Crawford Indiana UDFA
43 Jordan Martin (FS) Syracuse UDFA
44 Jaden Wright New Mexico State UDFA LINK
45 Jaleel Wadood (CB/SS) UCLA UDFA
46 Jamar Summers (CB/FS) UConn UDFA
47 Hootie Jones Alabama UDFA
48 Donnie Miles North Carolina UDFA
49 Steven Parker (FS/OLB) Oklahoma UDFA
50 Delondo Boyd Saint Francis UDFA
51 Erick Smith Ohio State UDFA
52 Raven Greene (FS) James Madison UDFA
53 Kieron Williams Nebraska UDFA
54 Nate Gaines UTSA UDFA
55 Nick Gesualdi (FS) Cornell UDFA

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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