Three Draft Sleepers at Every Position: Safety

Like cornerbacks, safeties are an important part of modern NFL defenses. Safeties like Malcolm Jenkins now have the responsibility to play a linebacker role in certain sub-packages. NFL teams are trying to find hybrid players who have versatility, so finding sleeper picks in the 2018 NFL Draft will be a priority for many teams. So, who are the three sleepers at safety in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Marcus Allen, Penn State

Don’t get this guy confused with Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen. Allen, the safety, was apart of the Penn State resurgence. He’s tough and has good speed and strength, and with a better football IQ through studying tape, Allen can be a special player.

Projected Round: 5th Round

Projected Team: Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers’ safeties lack depth or even talent, for that matter. Allen will be a nice fit in the secondary that includes Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.

Penn State safety Marcus Allen.

Kyzir White, West Virginia

White is one of the more underrated safeties in the NFL Draft. He’s feisty and is a classic West Virginia defender. His average athleticism makes him slip in the draft a little, but whoever nabs him will be pleased.

Projected Round: 4th Round

Projected Team: Buffalo Bills

Buffalo doesn’t have a pressing need at safety, but White’s tough demeanour makes him a great fit for the nickel role. Also, White is exceptional depth under Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.

West Virginia safety Kyzir White.

Van Smith, Clemson

Smith isn’t the fastest or the biggest hitter, but he’s consistent and is a smart player. Decision making is an underrated skill, and Smith is one of the best decision makers at safety in this draft.

Projected Round: 5th Round

Projected Team: Green Bay Packers

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Josh Johnson could be a nice duo in 2018, but they need more depth at safety. Smith would be excellent depth and could start at the “money backer” role.

Clemson safety Van Smith.


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