There isn’t much talk about the safeties in the 2022 NFL draft. The other positions such as receiver, defensive end, and defensive tackle are dominating the conversation. What do we know about the safeties in this draft? Safeties are “The last line of defense” for pass coverage. Having good safeties in the defense tends to be more important than some fans realize. Here are some of the top safeties in the 2022 NFL draft and what they bring to the table.
Kyle Hamilton-Safety- Notre Dame- Hamilton brings a lot to the table. His football IQ is simply out of this world. He brings more knowledge to the game than a rookie normally does. It’s scary to think about how good he will be with several years of NFL experience under his belt. The 6’4″ safety out of Notre Dame has a nose for the football. He properly reads the quarterback’s eyes and knows exactly where the ball is going. He has the speed and length to constantly contest passes and intercept the football at will. He’s also good at open-field tackles, therefore can be a big help against running backs too. Hamilton will be a vital boost to a defensive secondary at the next level.
Lewis Cine-Safety-Georgia- If you thought it would be a few years before you saw a safety play like Ronnie Lott or Dante Whitner, think again! Cine is like a human hit stick on the field to use a Madden reference. Cine shows proper tackling technique and brings something extra when he tackles. A safety with a high motor and dangerous hit power is the safety you want. He’s also good at anticipating routes and constantly looks to make a big play against the ball carrier. Just getting the tackle isn’t good enough for Cine.
Daxton Hill-Safety-Michigan- Hill was the top safety in the Big Ten conference. He has elite quickness, a high motor, and an insane football IQ. Hill is a top-level athlete who was a five-star recruit out of high school. Hill progresses even more with time and he still has a high ceiling for improvement.
Jaquan Brisker-Safety- Penn State- Brisker was named as an All-American safety before the season began. He’s a tackling machine who will rarely miss open-field tackles. He recorded 63 tackles last season and several passes defended. He needs to intercept more passes but with some fun tuning, he has the potential to be one of the NFL greats.
Other safeties to watch: Nick Cross-Maryland, Bryan Cook-Cincinnati, Smoke Monday-Auburn, Verone McKinley- Oregon
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