The 2020 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2021 NFL Draft prospects: safeties.
Note: Players will not be ranked in the article. This is best used as a watch list for the 2020 season.
Andre Cisco, Syracuse Orange
Cisco is a ball-hawking safety who has been one of the best players in the ACC over the last couple of seasons. He is 6-foot and 203 pounds, which is solid for the NFL. The 2020 season could be huge for Cisco to show that he is for real as a prospect.
His freshman year, Cisco had seven interceptions and nine passes defended, as Syracuse won 10 games. He had five interceptions and five passes defended in nine games played for the 2019 season. The Orange won just five games. Cisco’s ball skills will be on display this season and it could prove that he is worth an early-round pick in the draft.
Richard LeCounte, Georgia Bulldogs
LeCounte could have left for the NFL, but decided to go back to Georgia for one more year. He is 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, which is good enough for the pros. His leadership will be needed on Georgia’s defense and he can benefit from the extra year in college.
He was a reserve with 15 tackles in 2017 before really developing his game. In 2018, LeCounte had 74 total tackles, one interception and three passes defended. Georgia won 11 games that season. LeCounte’s 61 total tackles, four interceptions and three passes defended helped Georgia win 12 games including the Sugar Bowl in 2019. LeCounte can prove to be a second-day prospect with a good season in 2020.
Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, TCU Horned Frogs
Moehrig-Woodard had a good 2019 season to help put himself on the map. He is 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds, which allows him to have good strength and speed. His play should help TCU improve and possibly make a bowl game in 2020.
As a freshman, Moehrig-Woodard had 15 tackles and one interception as a reserve. He broke onto the scene last year with 62 total tackles, four interceptions and 11 passes defended. TCU was unable to make a bowl game, but Moehrig-Woodard could change that in 2020. If Moehrig-Woodard can match his 2019 season, he could leave early for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State Seminoles
Nasirildeen is a good secondary player for Florida State, even though the teams haven’t performed that well. His 6-foot-4 and 215-pound frame will make him among the biggest safeties in the class. He’ll be looking to lead the Seminoles to more success this season.
He had 28 total tackles and three passes defended in his freshman season. Nasirildeen broke out as a sophomore with 91 total tackles, one interception and two passes defended. Florida State only won five seasons in 2018. Last season, the Seminoles won six games and Nasirildeen had 101 total tackles, two interceptions and three passes defended. His measurables and tackle production make him a unique safety prospect.
Caden Sterns, Texas Longhorns
Ever since his freshman year, Sterns has been making plays in Austin. He has solid size at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, which will be more than good enough for the next level. If Sterns continues to progress, he will be one of the first safeties selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In his freshman season, he had 59 total tackles and one pass defended. Texas won 10 games including the Sugar Bowl that season. He had better production as a sophomore with 62 total tackles, four interceptions and four passes defended. The Longhorns were only able to win eight games in 2019. Sterns has the potential to be a great pro and can display that this season for Texas.
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