Three safeties rank inside PFF's top-32 overall prospect rankings in the 2022 NFL Draft, including Kyle Hamilton, Jaquan Brisker and Jordan Battle. Seven other safeties rank inside PFF's top-100 overall prospects.
1. Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Hamilton is a modern hybrid defender who can do whatever is asked. While he missed Notre Dame’s final five games with a minor knee injury, he came down with three picks and three pass breakups in his first seven.
2. Jaquan Brisker, Penn State
One of the most physical safeties in the country. He made tons of big plays for Penn State’s defense this past season and finished with a career-high 89.5 coverage grade.
3. Jordan Battle, Alabama
Battle has played consistently excellent football throughout his Alabama career. He’s gone from a 66.8 grade as a true freshman to 80.9 as a sophomore to 87.3 this season.
4. Daxton Hill, Michigan
Hill has some serious wheels and man coverage ability for a safety. He impressed this season by switching to a slot corner role and breaking up six passes while picking off two others.
5. Lewis Cine, Georgia
Cine has been playing ever since his true freshman year, and he has played nothing other than quality football. He’s not only sound in coverage, but he is also a very sure tackler who’s missed only eight of his 133 career attempts.
6. Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
Catalon is a missile at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds. He hits like a brick and has instincts to boot. Catalon has also already announced he’ll be returning to Arkansas next season.
7. Brandon Joseph, Northwestern
Joseph is one of the best pure deep safeties in the draft class. You don’t want him playing around the line of scrimmage much, but his instincts and range on the back end are tremendous. He has nine picks over the past two seasons.
8. Kerby Joseph, Illinois
After not even seeing the field his first three years at Illinois, Joseph was a star for the Illini in 2021. He picked off five passes and broke up four more while being a reliable all-around tackler.
9. Jalen Pitre, Baylor
Pitre was a massive reason for the Bears' defensive success in 2021. He led all defensive backs with 47 stops on the season while playing slot corner in Dave Aranda’s defense.
10. Brad Hawkins, Michigan
Hawkins is a physical box safety at 6-foot-1, 221 pounds. He had a breakout 2021 season that saw him allow only three catches from 12 targets for 19 yards all season.