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Coaches Corner: NFL Draft/Top 5 Safeties.

By Michael Stewart @TheTruthNYG

This will be part 13 and final article in my series of 13 as we address the safety position in the upcoming draft. The Giants currently have a solid three-headed monster with Logan-McKinney-Peppers on board. However; Giants history would suggest that Jabril Peppers will not be re-signed and Logan will be entering his final year of his contract. With 10 picks, it wouldn’t be a reach for the Giants to grab a safety in this draft. Here are my top 5 safeties (Free/Strong)  in the 2022 NFL draft.

  • Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame) 6’4/210: Hamilton gives you all the intangibles you want in a safety (size, speed, athleticism, football IQ) that NFL teams want. Hamilton is currently a top 10 pick in the upcoming draft.
  • Jaquan Brisker (Penn State) 6’1/200: Brisker has all the intangibles to be pro bowl safety down the road with his combination of speed, size, tackling ability and overall athleticism.  Brisker could hear his name called on the backend of round 1.
  • Daxton Hill (Michigan) 6’0/195: Hill is a superb athlete which high end speed (4.24) and a nose for the ball. Hill should have a solid NFL career.
  • Jalen Pitre (Baylor) 6’0/196: Pitre has leapfrogged his way into the top 5 on my list at #4 with good reason. Pitre unique skill set and versatility will be an asset for any team in the right scheme. Wouldn’t surprise me if Pitre is off the board by midway of round 2.
  • Lewis Cine (Georgia) 6’1/200: Cine is a hard hitting athletic freak and another member of the Georgia defense that should be off the board early in round 3. Cine can handle the middle of the field with his 4.4 speed and also roam in the box to defend the run. 

There’s a solid mixture of talent throughout all three days of the draft with this group. and not a reach for the Giants to look to add a safety in this year’s draft with the strong possibility of Jabril Peppers not returning and the release of Logan Ryan last week, which leaves only Xavier McKinney and Julian Love as the only two experience safeties on the current roster.