Top Safeties at the 2023 Senior Bowl Include Jammie Robinson and JL Skinner

    The top safeties at the Senior Bowl in 2023 are headlined by Florida State's Jammie Robinson and Boise State's JL Skinner.

    Playing safety is no easy feat in today’s football, but the top safeties at the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl are a different breed. These guys are the playmakers of tomorrow’s NFL secondaries, and they’ll put on a show in Mobile.

    Top 2023 Senior Bowl Safeties NFL Draft Prospects

    1) Jammie Robinson, Florida State

    At or around the line of scrimmage, no defensive back made more of an impact this season than Jammie Robinson. The Florida State safety made multiple plays in the backfield, most notably against Miami, where he perfectly read an RPO and physically dominated a bigger Miami quarterback in Jacurri Brown.

    Robinson’s game is well-rounded, and he excelled in each facet for FSU in 2022. His tackling is done with incredible form, and he’s well-disciplined in run defense. Robinson roams the field well and has the speed, athleticism, and strength to cover any type of pass catcher.

    A great performance in Mobile should vault Robinson firmly into the Day 2 range.

    2) JL Skinner, Boise State

    Arguably the top of the “big safeties” in this class, JL Skinner proved that he was much more than a lumbering, physical force for Boise State in 2022. Skinner dominated in coverage over the past two seasons, nabbing six of his seven career interceptions since 2021.

    At 6’4″ and 220 pounds, Skinner lays a boom when he makes plays over the middle of the field. But his size is carried by an impressive athleticism that allows him to cover receivers from the slot all the same.

    3) Christopher Smith, Georgia

    Roaming freely for the Georgia Bulldogs’ defense, Christopher Smith made a name for himself in 2022 after four years of sound play prior. Smith has terrific speed and instincts, making plays in coverage on defenders that weren’t even in his coverage zone.

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    Smith isn’t afraid to test pass catchers over the middle of the field and has a knack for making plays close to the line of scrimmage. If he can showcase his coverage skills against the receivers at the Senior Bowl, he’ll help his NFL draft stock out immensely.

    4) Jay Ward, LSU

    With cornerback-like coverage, sticking with receivers is the name of the game for Jay Ward. That partially describes why he was trusted with starting a few games at cornerback for LSU in 2022 as well.

    Ward has the fluidity, flexibility, and speed to stick with speedy receivers, but he also has the length and burst to completely blanket bigger receivers. His play in coverage will be the show-stopper in Mobile, but he’ll help his draft stock if he can showcase run defense skills and middle-of-the-field coverage at the Senior Bowl.

    5) DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama

    Though DeMarcco Hellams tempted the 2022 NFL Draft, a return season this past fall helped his stock and landed him a spot in Mobile. Hellams has great instincts, making plays on the ball at every level of the field.

    He’s also a sound tackler, has linebacker-like abilities against the run, and is a gifted coverage defender. That three-down ability at safety should have him as one of the most-coveted players from the Senior Bowl.

    Other Safeties To Watch

    • Sydney Brown, Illinois
    • Jartavius Martin, Illinois
    • Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech
    • Daniel Scott, Cal
    • Kaevon Merriweather, Iowa

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