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1010XL Draft Guide: 2024 Safety Rankings

todayFebruary 23, 2024


Welcome to the latest edition of our 2024 NFL Draft prospect rankings! All the football heads at 1010XL/92.5 FM have gathered to preview the upcoming draft in April. Today, we’ll be focusing on safeties.

Here’s how our internal panel of experts ranked* this year’s class.

*Subject to change. Final rankings will be released in a full Draft Guide in March. 

Here’s more information on our consensus top-five prospects.

Tyler Nubin, Minnesota

Our consensus rank: 1 | National consensus rank: 1

Bio: Nubin was a four-star recruit out of St. Charles North High School, where he played safety, wide receiver, and wildcat quarterback. He committed to Minnesota and appeared in four games as a true freshman before registering over 40 tackles as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Nubin surrendered a quarterback rating of just 17.5 as a fifth-year senior in 2023 to secure first-team All-Big Ten and All-American honors. 

Player comp: Marcus Maye

Strengths: Frame, burst, awareness

Weaknesses: Footwork, fluidity, pursuit

Kamren Kinchens, Miami

Our consensus rank: 2 | National consensus rank: 2

Bio: Kinchens was a three-star recruit out of Miami Northwestern Senior High School and committed to Miami. He played in every game as a true freshman, including five starts, and tied a school record with three interceptions against Georgia Tech as a sophomore. Kinchens earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2022 and 2023 plus a first-team All-American selection in his final season. 

Player comp: Lamarcus Joyner

Strengths: Fluidity, awareness, ball skills

Weaknesses: High pad level, pursuit, consistency

Javon Bullard, Georgia

Our consensus rank: 3 | National consensus rank: 3

Bio: Bullard was a three-star recruit out of Baldwin High School and committed to Georgia. He appeared in every game as a true freshman, including two starts, and became a full-time player as a sophomore. Bullard was named defensive MVP in the Peach Bowl and the National Championship Game to help the Bulldogs repeat as champs in 2022. He recorded 56 total tackles in 2023 to earn second-team All-SEC recognition.  

Player comp: Jessie Bates III

Strengths: Fluidity, football IQ, ball skills

Weaknesses: Long speed, frame, consistency

Calen Bullock, USC

Our consensus rank: 4 | National consensus rank: 4

Bio: Bullock was a four-star recruit out of John Muir High School, where he played defensive back and wide receiver. He committed to USC and started six games as a true freshman. Bullock saw his playing time and production grow through his junior season when he received first-team All-Pac-12 honors. 

Player comp: Trevon Diggs

Strengths: Length, burst, physicality

Weaknesses: High pad level, strength, tackling 

Jaden Hicks, Washington State

Our consensus rank: 5 | National consensus rank: 5

Bio: Hicks was a three-star recruit out of Bishop Gorman High School and committed to Washington State. He redshirted as a freshman but started at safety as a sophomore and junior. Hicks logged 155 total tackles and 10 pass breakups in his final two seasons. 

Player comp: Kyle Dugger

Strengths: Fluidity, ball skills, football IQ

Weaknesses: Long speed, footwork, consistency

Follow along as we rank each position group leading up to the draft!


Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Tackles

Interior Offensive Linemen

Tight Ends



Edge Defenders

Defensive Tackles

Inside Linebackers

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