The top safeties to watch out for at this year's NFL Combine include two safeties that have been linked to the Redskins.
With the 2017 NFL Draft approaching the Redskins still have some uncertainty at the safety position. The Redskins are going to need to fill that hole, and with the combine approaching here are the five safeties to look out for at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Jamal Adams, LSU
Jamal Adams heads to the combine as one of the highest ranking defensive backs. He is built like an NFL player and is known for his leadership while at LSU. Adams showed at LSU that he can be a quarterback of the secondary and always got his teammates in the correct alignment.
He has great football knowledge that can read plays and disrupt them before they ever start. The safety had five interceptions and two forced fumbles as a Tiger and never had less than 60 tackles a year. Adams isn’t afraid to lay a huge hit on ball carriers and is able to transition from deep in the secondary to the line of scrimmage.
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Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
The do it all Heisman Finalist Jabrill Peppers enters the 2017 NFL Draft as one of the most talked about players. He is willing to do anything for his defense including getting in the dirty areas to take on blocks or play man to man coverage on a tight end.
Peppers is a physical player who can navigate his way through holes to make tackles on running backs. He doesn’t have the gaudy turnover stats but makes up for it with his ability to play almost anywhere on the defensive side of the ball.
Peppers scored six touchdowns at Michigan and can change the course of the game as a return man.
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Budda Baker, Washington
Budda Baker, a former track star, showed his speed on every single play at Washington. Baker has great footwork that helps him in coverage and rarely gets looked off his assignment. He can fly off the edge and deliver a hit on the quarterback, three sacks his senior year.
Baker has a smaller frame than other top-ranked safeties but that doesn’t stop him from delivering a blow to pop the ball loose. Baker excels in single safety coverage and follows the quarterback’s eyes to bring him to the play.
Marcus Williams, Utah
The second-team All-Pac-12 safety, Marcus Williams is a natural ball hawking playmaker – five interceptions in two consecutive seasons. Williams can follow a quarterback’s eyes and isn’t afraid to undercut a route.
He is a good tackler who can help with the running game and rarely breaks contain along the edge. Williams is a complete safety who has a top level athletic ability and play recognition.
Obi Melifonwu, UCONN
UCONN safety Obi Melifonwu stands at 6-foot-4 and uses that big frame to disrupt offenses. He is a former corner who possesses good cover and ball skills, four interceptions in 2016, that can jump up and make plays on deep balls. He uses his physical trait to jam tight ends and slot receivers. Melifonwu flies to the ball and had 118 tackles last season.