Best NFL Safeties Going Into the 2018 Season

Safety is a valuable position in the NFL, yet it gets no appreciation. Cornerback always outranks it, but there are still elite safeties in the NFL. Who are they? We’re looking at the top ten best NFL safeties going into the 2018 season.

The Top Ten

1 Harrison Smith Harrison Smith Harrison Smith is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Smith is the most underrated safety in the NFL. He’s part of one of the league’s best defenses, which may be a reason why he goes unnoticed often. This season, he won’t be overshadowed by his teammates. - PackFan2005

2 Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III is an American football safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

He’s still the NFL’s best safety, but he may not be in Seattle in 2018. He wants an extension or to be traded. If Seattle is smart, they give him the contract extension. - PackFan2005

3 Kevin Byard Kevin Byard

He was tied with Darius Slay for most interceptions in 2017 with eight. Playing for a Titans team on the rise, Byard’s production will increase as well. - PackFan2005

4 Eric Berry Eric Berry James Eric Berry, nicknamed "The Fifth Dimension," is an American football safety for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

After a season missed to an injury, Berry has nowhere to go but up. If he could come back after cancer, then coming back from injury will be a breeze. - PackFan2005

5 Tyrann Mathieu Tyrann Mathieu Tyrann Devine Mathieu is an American football safety for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

He’s part of a top ten defense at last, so expect the “Honey Badger” to become a team leader. - PackFan2005

6 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

2017 was indeed a down year from his pro bowl 2016 year. But he’s now the best defensive back in Green Bay’s backfield. With all that responsibility, his production could fly in 2018. - PackFan2005

7 Barry Church Barry Church

When you’re playing for the league’s best defensive backfield, you often get overlooked if you have better teammates. But you can’t underestimate Barry Church, that’s for sure. - PackFan2005

8 Micah Hyde Micah Hyde

Hyde had a great 2017, making his first pro bowl. On a top ten Bills defense, expect more pro bowls from him in the future. - PackFan2005

9 Malcolm Jenkins Malcolm Jenkins Malcolm Jenkins is an American football safety for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

Always sleeping on the Eagles. - phillysports

10 Jamal Adams Jamal Adams

Adams has huge potential, as a safety and return man. On a horrendous Jets team, he has potential to be their one shining star. - PackFan2005

The Contenders

11 Eddie Jackson Eddie Jackson

That game against the Panthers, I was really impressed with the rookie. Now in his second year and with a new head coach, he will greatly improve in 2018. - PackFan2005

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