Welcome to the final installment of the defensive NFL Divisional power rankings by position groups.
So far we have ranked three defensive position groups:
Offensive divisional rankings:
Today we focus on the safety groups. I will rank the divisions from 8 through 1. Focused on the top 2 safeties within each team’s depth chart.
Let the rankings begin:
8. AFC SOUTH
Colts: Khari Willis, Malik Hooker
Jaguars: Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson
Texans: Jaylen Watkins, Justin Reid
Titans: Kenny Vaccaro, Kevin Byard
Malik Hook was supposed to be the next great safety in the NFL when the Colts drafted him… Now they are trying to shop him. Besides Kenny Vaccaro, do you know any of the other safeties in the AFC South? I didn’t think so… Can’t be any higher than last.
7. NFC NORTH
49ers: Jaquiski Tratt, Jimmie Ward
Cardinals: Jalen Thompson, Budda Baker
Rams: John Johnson III, Taylor Rapp
Seahawks: Bradley McDougald, Quandre Diggs
There are three safeties I like a lot in this division. Budda Baker is an absolute baller. Quandre Diggs is a hell of a player and a leader, what a great trade for the Seahawks last year. I also think Taylor Rapp is played very well as a rookie and is ready to take the next step this season. Beyond those guys, the rest of the guys in the West are just.. Meh.
6. NFC SOUTH
Buccaneers: Antonie Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead
Falcons: Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee
Panthers: Juston Burris, Tre Boston
Saints: Malcom Jenkins, Marcus Williams
Malcom Jenkins makes is return to the NFC South, but has he lost a step? Keanu Neal is a great player, but he is coming off an injury. Tre Boston… Meh. I really like the drafting of Antonie Winfield Jr., by the Bucs. The kid is just a ballhawk and makes play after play, I think he has the chance to be the best safety in the division by his second year. A good group, but not great.
5. NFC NORTH
Bears: Tashaun Gipson Sr., Eddie Jackson
Lions: Duron Harmon, Tracy Walker
Packers: Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage
Vikings: Harrison Smith, Anthony Harris
I think that Harrison Smith is still a top 5 safety in the league. I also really like the duo of Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage in Green Bay, crazy how that team has remade their defensive backfield. Tashaun Gipson and Eddie Jackson also put together a better than average tandem. I think this group sits right where they belong, middle of the pack/a little below average.
4. NFC EAST
Cowboys: Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Xavier Woods
Eagles: Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod
Giants: Jabrill Peppers, Xavier McKinney
Redskins: Landon Collins, Troy Apke
The Cowboys brought in Ha Ha to pair him back with Mike McCarthy, he played well in Chicago last year and will be an upgrade for Dallas. Jalen Mills moves from Corner to Safety for the Eagles after Jenkins heads back to the Saints. The Giants drafted Xavier McKinney, who most had ranked as the top safety in the draft. Landon Collins, when healthy is still considered one of the top safeties in the NFL. Group has a chance to be very good.
3. AFC WEST
Broncos: Kareem Jackson, Justin Simmons
Chargers: Derwin James, Nasir Adderley
Chiefs: Tyrann Matthew, Juan Thornhill
Raiders: Johnathan Abram, Damarious Randall
Derwin James has a chance to be a top 3 safety in the league, and his ability pretty much is the reason this division is top 3. I also believe that Nasir Adderley is pretty underrated and when he is playing with Derwin it makes him even better. Tyrann Matthew and Juan Thornhill has a chance to be one of the best 1-2 punch at the safety position this season as well.
2. AFC EAST
Bills: Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde
Dolphins: Eric Rowe, Bobby McCain
Jets: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye
Patriots: Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty
I believe that the Jets have the best safety tandem in the league, that is if they don’t move Jamal Adams of course. Dude can do it all, and he really raises the game of Marcus Maye. Patrick Chung plays great for the Patriots and just signed an extension with the team. McCourty and Chung may be one of the smartest safety tandems in the league, after doing it for so long. I also love Micah Hyde, I believe he is the most underrated safety in the league.
1. AFC NORTH
Bengals: Vonn Bell, Jessie Bates III
Browns: Karl Joseph, Grant Delpit
Ravens: Chuck Clark, Earl Thomas III
Steelers: Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick
The AFC North is STACKED with safeties. The trade for Minkah by the Steelers, that at first some questioned showed to be an awesome move. Pairing him with Terrell Edmunds has created a force in the backend for the Steelers. Then you add the likes of Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark, I mean… The division also gets Karl Joseph moving from the Raiders to the Browns and he gets to play next to second round pick Grant Delpit, who was ranked the best safety in the draft by some. The division is stacked from top to bottom and deserves to sit at the top of this ranking.
Those are your safety divisional rankings. And, that concludes the divisional rankings overall. Lookout for an divisional power rankings summary from the divisional rankings and an overall rankings depending on each division’s average ranking through each position group.