2019 NFL Draft Safety Prospects based on Production

Here are the safety prospects that met a minimum threshold of college team market share associated with Pro-Bowl caliber careers.

  1. Darnell Savage – Maryland
    Praised of his work ethic and tackling. Savage is one of only 13 draft prospect defensive backs that have three years of 35+ solo tackles, 50+ tackles, 1+ interceptions and 2+ passes defended.
  2. Juan Thornhill – Virginia
    Juan Thornhill had a 31.6% passes broken up market share with 12 from his 2017 season. Over the last two seasons Juan Thornhill has made the All-ACC team at safety (2018 First Team) and at cornerback (2017 Third Team). Thornhill came close to hitting market share thresholds of 6% solo tackle, 25% interception and 15% passes defended for each of the last three years. In 2016 and 2017 he made it but in 2018 missed only for passes defended with 11%. A three year starter at Virginia. Juan has played both cornerback and safety and made All-ACC at both positions. Among active FBS players Juan is tie for the most interceptions with 13. According to Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall, Juan plays with emotion and passion. Juan made SportsCenter as a high school basketball player due to his dunking prowess. He has been in the top ten in the ACC in interceptions for all three seasons.
  3. Nasir Adderly – Delaware
    Adderley played both cornerback and safety at Delaware. For his 2016 season at cornerback Adderley earned third team All-CAA honors. The next season he was first-team All-CAA. Adderly was a second-team AP FCS All-American and first-team all-conference player in 2018. In 2018 he was the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week for returning a kickoff for a touchdown in October. He is reported to have a great work ethic and plays with intensity.
  4. Saquan Hampton – Rutgers
    Hampton was 2018 All Big-Ten Honorable Mention. His 2018 season stats and associated team market share were 44 solo tackles (10.4%), three interceptions (33.3%) and 13 passes defended (24.5%). Those are outstanding market share numbers for the Rutgers team captain. Hampton is a hitter that also has strong coverage skills. He has a strong work ethic and brings that every day to each snap at practice. In the Big Ten Hampton’s career 20 passes defended is 25th since 2005 and fourth best in the Big Ten in 2018. Hampton was a three year starter at Rutgers and a team captain as senior. He earned Reese Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the week honors in the Rutgers – Wisconsin game for his 10 tackle, two interception performance. The Reese scout in attendance liked Hampton’s ball skills and his deep field instincts. “He looked natural playing the ball” and he “…consistently put himself in the position to make plays”.
  5. Lukas Denis – Boston College
    Lukas Denis has a 38.9% interception market share on seven interceptions in his 2017 season. It was tie for second in the FBS. Lukas Denis was 2017 All ACC Second Team. In 2017 Lukas had 46 solo tackles (9.6%), seven interceptions (38.9%) and ten passes defended (18.9%). Described as an electric ball-hawk that does what is asked to help his team win. Lukas was selected to the 2017 Walter Camp All-American Second Team.
  6. Mike Edwards – Kentucky
    After a redshirt freshman season Safety Mike Edwards never missed a game in his four years playing at Kentucky. He played in 51 games and had 44 consecutive starts. Edwards is one of only five active players that over the last four seasons had a season of 50+ solo tackles, 9+ TFLs, 2+ interceptions and 5+ passes defended. Of the five only Edwards and Jonathan Abrams were defensive backs, the other three were linebackers.

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