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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Early Look at Safeties

September 4th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By axr29

It is never to early too take a look into the future, and with college football officially underway, Giants 101 will start to take a look at the top prospects. The positions that we will take a look at will include: safety, interior offensive line, offensive tackle, tight end and defensive end. Those positions, at the moment, appear to be the most pressing needs for the New York Giants given their current roster and contracts expiring in the near future.

The first position that we will take a look at is safety.

Will Hill's off the field issues forced the Giants to cut him, leaving a lack of young talent at safety. Cooper Taylor (Injured Reserve) and Nat Berhe are solid depth players, but neither project to be consistent full time starters. Stevie Brown is returning from a torn ACL, and has looked hampered by it so far this preseason. Even when healthy, it has yet to be seen if Brown can be a consistent every down safety in the NFL.

The star of the back end of the secondary Antrel Rolle, is 31-years-old and a free agent at the end of this year. Even if the Giants do resign him, they will need to find a replacement for him for the long-term.

Below are the top five safeties to keep an eye on this year.

1. Landon Collins, JR Alabama, 6'0" 215 lbs

  • Excellent size and athleticism for the safety position in the NFL.
  • Shows very fluid movement in his hips when changing direction
  • Excellent tackler, second on the team in 2013
  • Able to play both free safety and strong safety in the NFL
  • Big time hitter with a knack for knocking the ball loose
  • Can be shaky in pass coverage
  • Needs to take the next step in diagnosing plays

2. Kurtis Drummond, SR Michigan State, 6'1" 200 lbs

  • Outstanding ball skills. Can be a playmaker at the NFL level.
  • Has the confidence to be a leader in a defensive backfield
  • Can cover a lot of ground. Has the mark of a free safety at the next level
  • Takes excellent angles in pursuit
  • Very good at staying with receivers in coverage
  • Doesn't have ideal size. A little too lean for the NFL level. Will need to address that.
  • Needs to develop better tackling technique instead of just launching himself at his opponent

3. Cody Prewitt, SR Ole Miss, 6'2" 212 lbs

  • Fits best in a free safety/centerfield role
  • Excellent height and weight combination for the position
  • Defends the deep ball well
  • Excellent hands when making a play on the ball
  • Good open field/over the middle tackler but can afford be more aggressive when swarming the ball
  • Fluid hip rotation
  • Doesn't posses great top end speed, and can fail to recover from misreads in time
  • Can be too aggressive in coverage and lacks the speed to recover in time

Other safeties we will be keeping an eye on and updating this list throughout the season are Anthony Harris (Virginia), Tyler Hunter (Florida State), Deron Smith (Fresno State), Jordan Richards (Stanford), and Durrell Eskridge (Syracuse).

Once more film becomes available on these players I will be able to provide in depth reports on them.

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8 Responses to “2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Early Look at Safeties”

  1.  skinnydoogan says:

    Excellent analysis. Never too early for this stuff, especially in light of what MAY be a long season.

    •  Krow says:

      We should not ever draft anyone with any sort of hamstring issue … ever in their lives. They will never survive camp.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Nice analysis but it’s way too early for this stuff. We have no idea how good the players we have now will be.

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Predictions — believe it or not there is love out there:

    despite Las Vegas’ contrary opinion, I expect this game to come down to a late field goal from Giants placekicker Josh Brown. New Lions head coach Jim Caldwell needs a regular season week with the roster to work out the kinks, as the first team did not see a ton of time together this preseason. Giants win 24-21.

    http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/09/03/new-york-giants-vs-detroit-lions-5-bold-predictions-for-week-1-matchup/#slide11

    While the Giants’ defensive line is not what is was when they were winning Super Bowls a few years back, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka can still get after the quarterback and will do so this weekend. New York will expose the Lions’ somewhat suspect offensive line and sack Matthew Stafford eight times total.

    http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/09/03/new-york-giants-vs-detroit-lions-5-bold-predictions-for-week-1-matchup/#slide3

    Manning’s under a ton of pressure this season after a few poor campaigns in a row; but Eli works best under pressure, and perhaps it’s just what he needs. Detroit will undoubtedly force him to make quick decisions with the pass rush, but expect Manning to rise to the occasion and find weaknesses in the Lions’ suspect secondary for a big game.

    http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/09/03/new-york-giants-vs-detroit-lions-5-bold-predictions-for-week-1-matchup/#slide9

  4.  T-Thom97 says:

    im sorry but talking draft now before the 1st game of the season is a little early. I feel we will win 10 games and a playoff birth this season and a division win. I believe in eli. remember in 07 when we changed our D…. took a few games before we got the ball rolling. our D is good and talented enough to keep us in the games this year. this team is gonna make a lot of people eat crow.

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