College News & Analysis

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Safeties

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.

More of PFF's 2022 NFL Draft tools here: 
2022 NFL Draft Big Board | 2022 NFL Draft Guide | 2022 NFL Draft Stats Export | NFL Mock Drafts | NFL Mock Draft Simulator

1. Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

BIG BOARD RANK: 3

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 19

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 25

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 38

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 42

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 65

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 89

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 95

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 97

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

BIG BOARD RANK: 99

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.

Tackle Lifes financial Challenges. Western Southern Financial Group.
Sponsor

College Featured Tools

  • Power Rankings are PFF’s NCAA power ratings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season.

    Available with

    CFB Grades+
  • PFF predictions and real time spread, moneyline and over/under lines for each NCAA game.

    Available with

    Elite CFB Prem Stats+
  • PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts.

    Available with

    CFB Grades+
  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NCAA player performance data.

    Available with

    CFB Prem Stats+
College Subscriptions

Unlock College Player Grades and Preview Magazine

$7.99 / mo
$27.99 / yr

Unlock NCAA Premium Stats & PFF Greenline NCAA

$29.99 / mo
$119.99 / yr