2014 NFL Draft safety rankings

Kevin C. Cox

At the start of the college football season, Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix of Alabama was the clear top safety in the 2014 NFL Draft class. While he may not be the next Mark Barron or Eric Berry (top 10 picks), he'll likely grade out as a first-round pick.

After Clinton-Dix there is is a shake up with several players emerging with excellent seasons. Two of the high risers have been Calvin Pryor of Louisville and Ahmad Dixon of Baylor. Pryor is a hard-hitting safety with the range to cover the deep half of the field. Dixon is an athletic safety who can cover receivers and his aggressiveness lets him play the run.

The rest of the safety class is rounded out by thumpers (Craig Loston and Deone Bucannon), coverage safeties (Sean Parker and Tre Boston) and a solid amount of depth.

1. Ha'Sean "Haha" Clinton-Dix | 6'1, 208 pounds | Safety | Alabama *
2. Calvin Pryor | 6'2, 208 pounds | Safety | Louisville *
3. Craig Loston | 6'2, 209 pounds | Safety | LSU
4. Ahmad Dixon | 6'0, 205 pounds | Safety | Baylor
5. Sean Parker | 5'10, 195 pounds | Safety | Washington
6. Tre Boston | 6'1, 205 pounds | Safety | North Carolina
7. Deone Bucannon | 6'1, 198 pounds | Safety | Washington State
8. Dion Bailey | 6'0, 200 pounds | Safety | Southern California *
9. C.J. Barnett | 6'0, 202 pounds | Safety | Ohio State
10. Ed Reynolds | 6'2, 206 pounds | Safety | Stanford
11. Hakeem Smith | 6'1, 197 pounds | Safety | Louisville
12. Terrence Brooks | 5'11, 200 pounds | Safety | Florida State
13. Christian Bryant | 5'10, 192 pounds | Safety | Ohio State
14. Jimmie Ward | 5'11, 192 pounds | Safety | Northern Illinois
15. Ty Zimmerman | 6'1, 204 pounds | Safety | Kansas State
16. Isaiah Johnson | 6'2, 208 pounds | Safety | Georgia Tech
17. Micah Eugene | 5'11, 190 pounds | Safety | LSU **
18. Ibraheim Campbell | 5'11, 205 pounds | Safety | Northwestern *
19. Kurtis Drummond | 6'1, 200 pounds | Safety | Michigan State *
20. Nickoe Whitley | 6'1, 205 pounds | Safety | Mississippi State
21. Jerry "BooBoo" Gates | 5'11, 213 pounds | Safety | Bowling Green
22. Kenny Ladler | 6'1, 205 pounds | Safety | Vanderbilt
23. Isaiah Lewis | 5'10, 208 pounds | Safety | Michigan State
24. Brian Blechen | 6'2, 218 pounds | Safety | Utah
25. Alden Darby | 5'11, 192 pounds | Safety | Arizona State
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