Last updated 23 February 2021
|7||Hamsah Nasirildeen||Florida State|
|9||Richard LeCounte III||Georgia|
I don’t think there’s an elite safety in this class so don’t go thinking that you’ll see any of these guys go off the board in the first 20 picks, and maybe not even in the first round at all.
Trevon Moehrig is the standout member of this group. He is a rangy free safety-type who is good in coverage and doesn’t get beaten too regularly by the deep ball.
Andre Cisco, Paris Ford, Richie Grant and Jevon Holland are also similar coverage safeties though are a step or two behind Moehrig in terms of their range. All of these could add something to a team’s secondary though, in a similar way to how Antoine Winfield Jr did for the Bucs in 2020.
Hamsah Nasirildeen, by contrast, is more of a strong safety who will be comfortable in the box, looking to stop the run. He’s not the type of strong safety you’d look to match up on tight ends with a legitimate receiving threat however, so his role may be more limited at the next level.
Richard LeCounte, Caden Sterns and Ar’Darius Washington are all hoping to hear their name called in round 3 but may well slip into the third day. They all get very similar grades and it will likely come down to teams assessing scheme fit that will determine the order they will go.
Talanoa Hufanga has been likened to a very poor man’s Isaiah Simmons – a bit of a tweener who may have to reinvent himself as a linebacker if he’s going to have a career in the NFL.