2012-2013 Final NFL Free & Strong Safety Rankings

By Thom Cunningham
May 03, 2013 8:17 am
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This article ranks the top safeties following the conclusion of the 2012-13 NFL season. 

There are currently 40 ranking spots based off of the qualifications required for each safety, although others that qualify could not make cut. 

These rankings do not reflect a player's longevity, but rather focuses on their overall talent and success during the recent season.

These rankings also will not reflect on the entry season rankings for the beginning of the 2013-14 season. 

*(R) - Denotes player's rookie season*

 

The stats taken into consideration when determining these rankings include the following: 

- Tackles, assists, sacks, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, interceptions, passes defended, team record, postseason resume and defensive touchdowns.

Other tools and sources used to determine these rankings include NFL.com, StatsLab and the overall outcome of the 2012-13 season. 

 

2012-2013 Final NFL Safety Rankings

 

1) Ed Reed - Baltimore Ravens to Houston Texans

Season Stats: 58 tackles; 4 INT; 0 FF

Season Highlights: Three fumble recoveries; One defensive touchdown; AFC North Champions; AFC Champions; Super Bowl Champions; AFC Pro Bowl 

 

2) Dashon Goldson - San Francisco 49ers to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Season Stats: 69 tackles; 3 INT; 1 FF

Season Highlights: NFC West Champions; NFC Champions; Super Bowl appearance; NFC Pro Bowl; NFL All-Pro

 

3) Thomas Decoud - Atlanta Falcons 

Season Stats: 76 tackles; 6 INT; 0 FF

Season Highlights: Over five interceptions; NFC South Champions; NFC Championship appearance; NFC Pro Bowl

 

4) Devin McCourty - New England Patriots

Season Stats: 82 tackles; 5 INT; 2 FF

Season Highlights: AFC East Champions; AFC Championship appearance

 

5) Morgan Burnett - Green Bay Packers

Season Stats: 123 tackes; 2 INT; 2 FF

Season Highlights: Over 100 combined tackles; Two sacks; NFC North Champions

 

6) William Moore - Atlanta Falcons

Season Stats: 75 tackles; 4 INT; 2 FF

Season Highlights: NFC South Champions; NFC Championship appearance; NFC Pro Bowl

 

7) Harrison Smith - Minnesota Vikings

Season Stats: 104 tackles; 2 INT; 1 FF

Season Highlights: Over 100 combined tackles; Two defensive touchdowns; NFC Wilcard

 

8) Jarius Byrd - Buffalo Bills

Season Stats: 76 tackles; 5 INT; 4 FF

Season Highlights: Nine combined turnovers; AFC Pro Bowl

 

9) Eric Weddle - San Diego Chargers

Season Stats: 97 tackles; 3 INT; 2 FF

Season Highlights: Close to 100 combined tackles; One defensive touchdown

 

10) Earl Thomas - Seattle Seahawks

Season Stats: 66 tackles; 3 INT; 1 FF

Season Highlights: One defensive touchdown; NFC Wildcard; NFC Pro Bowl

 

11) Kam Chancellor - Seattle Seahawks

Season Stats: 101 tackles; 0 INT; 1 FF

Season Highlights: Over 100 combined tackles; NFC Wildcard

 

12) Reshad Jones - Miami Dolphins

Season Stats: 94 tackles; 4 INT; 2 FF

Season Highlights: Close to 100 combined tackles; Close to five interceptions; Two fumble recoveries

 

13) Stevie Brown - New York Giants

Season Stats: 76 tackles; 8 INT; 2 FF

Season Highlights: Led all safeties in interceptions

 

14) Bernard Pollard - Baltimore Ravens to Tennessee Titans

Season Stats: 98 tackles; 1 INT; 0 FF

Season Highlights: Close to 100 combined tackles; AFC North Champions; AFC Champions; Super Bowl Champions

 

15) Reggie Nelson - Cincinnati Bengals

Season Stats: 85 tackles; 3 INT; 2 FF

Season Highlights: Close to 100 combined tackles; AFC Wildcard

 

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