2013 Draft

Steelers 2013 Draft Analysis: Safety – Early Look At The Rankings

By Christopher DiMarino

This article continues along with my pre combine look at key positions for the Steelers. For an explanation on how the rankings are calculated please reference the link below:

Steelers 2013 Draft Analysis: Inside Linebacker – Early Look At The Rankings

The Pittsburgh Steelers have two very interesting safeties right now. Ryan Clark has put together two pretty good back-to-back seasons for starters. Troy Polamalu used to be one of the league\’s best but he has battled injuries and aging. He ended up making his way back to being a decent contributor by the end of the year. albeit not worth his wage. Both positions need understudies of possible starting potential due to the age of their predecessors and the cap situation. So don\’t be surprised if two safeties are selected, but with the range of needs the Steelers have, they might need to get one this year and one next year.

Kenny VaccaroTexasSr6\’1218911st15
Matt ElamFloridaJr5\’1020284mid 2nd46
Eric ReidLSUJr6\’221287mid 2nd47
Phillip ThomasFresno StaterSr6\’121062early 3rd68
Jonathan CyprienFlorida IntlSr6\’0209663rd61
Shawn WilliamsGeorgiaSr6\’021179late 3rd87
Bacarri RamboGeorgiarSr6\’121568late 3rd90
Tony JeffersonOklahomaJr5\’11212784th89
T.J. McDonaldUSCSr6\’2211564th114
Robert LesterAlabamaSr6\’1212564th126
D.J. SwearingerSouth CarolinaSr5\’11210735th132
J.J. WilcoxGeorgia SouthSr5\’11214655th165
Josh EvansFloridaSr6\’1205496th163
Duke WilliamsNevadaSr5\’11201636th189
Zeke MottaNotre DameSr6\’2215516th194
Rashard HallClamsonrSr6\’1213477th246
Earl WolffNC StaterSr5\’11206477th250
Shamarko ThomasSyracuseSr5\’921770FA243
John BoyettOregonrSr5\’1020549FA250
Bradley McDougaldKansasSr6\’020855FA246
Rontez MilesCal (PA)Sr6\’020241FA257
Daimion StaffordNebraskaSr6\’120564FA274
Brandan BishopNC StateSr6\’120615FA285
Cooper TaylorRichmondrSr6\’422915FA260

The chart shown below is all of the data I tabulated for you to get more insight into what these sites think about each player. A * means that this ranking was in a different category than the rest.

NameNFL.comESPNCBSDraftTekWalterfootballDraft Insider
ScoreScorePos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr Rk
Kenny Vaccaro87.89411311611-211st
Matt Elam80871*432*4821-221-2
Eric Reid87.58625024332-332nd
Phillip Thomas74.15036636972-452nd
Jonathan Cyprien84.6472*474*7593-4134th
Shawn Williams74.8833*993*74103-483rd
Bacarri Rambo61.47548659462-392-4
Tony Jefferson73.28259348582-4114th
T.J. McDonald66.5456109611942-363rd
Robert Lester56.7564*1455*106123-4124th
D.J. Swearinger81.46471297135185-642nd
J.J. Wilcox77535*1787*15252-3165-6
Josh Evans683081558171133-4197th
Duke Williams67.7586*1969181113-4145th
Zeke Motta71.23091709*218215-773rd
Rashard Hall55.4391226012232163-5217-FA
Earl Wolff63.4308*222N/A277205-7104th
Shamarko Thomas69.6707*20912*276225-729FA
John Boyett67.5301431110188N/AN/A257-FA
Bradley McDougald67.84210215N/A277N/AN/A227-FA
Rontez Miles523011237N/A277N/AN/A176th
Daimion Stafford68.4591532811220N/AN/A155th
Brandan Bishop03013293N/A277153-542FA
Cooper Taylor0309*242N/A277174-6247-FA

* Denotes SS candidate
With all of the information out there, at least a baseline is established for future conversation. I will try to break down this data before the combine, but if not, please give me an idea of who you like at safety by commenting below. Please try to keep the discussion about the safety position only for this post and I will continue thru the positions ASAP. Also, if you have any other sites that you think have thorough and insightful draft information, please post them below.








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