2025 NFL Draft: North Dakota State’s Cole Wisniewski among top safeties to watch in 2024

A look at the 2025 NFL Draft safety class.
Cole Wisniewski
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NFL Mocks concludes its month-long series on the top prospects for the 2025 NFL Draft with a look at this year's safety class. While not as talented as the cornerback group, the safety class features several intriguing prospects, including Kevin Winston Jr. from Penn State and Cole Wisniewski from North Dakota State.

2025 NFL Draft: One safety to watch in each conference

ACC: Devin Grant, Syracuse

A transfer to keep an eye on this year is Devin Grant who makes the move from Buffalo to Syracuse. Grant was named to the All-MAC team in 2023 after accounting for 79 tackles and five interceptions.

Big 10: Kevin Winston Jr., Penn State

One of the top run-stuffing safeties in the 2025 NFL Draft is Penn State’s Kevin Wilson. Last season, he graded out at 90.6 against the run according to Pro Football Focus, and missed just 2% of his tackles.

Big 12: Shilo Sanders, Colorado

Deion Sanders’ other son Shilo has a chance to hear his name called in the 2025 NFL Draft, just like his brother Shedeur. However, Shilo will likely be a late-day three pick while his brother has a good chance of being a top-ten selection.

2025 NFL Draft prospect Shilo Sanders
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SEC: DeVonta Smith, Alabama

A safety who could have a breakthrough year this season is DeVonta Smith of Alabama. He impressed Alabam’s new coaching staff in spring ball and should see a significant jump in production from last year when he only accounted for three tackles in four games.

Non-Power Four: Cole Wisniewski, North Dakota State

One of the top FCS schools in the nation in terms of both wins and developing NFL players is North Dakota State. This year the Bison have one of the top small school safeties in the 2025 NFL Draft in Cole Wisniewski. Last season, the FCS All-American had eight interceptions which led the FCS.

2025 NFL Draft Safety Watch List

Cole Wisniewski, North Dakota State

CJ Taylor, Vanderbilt

Malaki Starks, Georgia

Xavier Watts, Notre Dame

Kevin Winston Jr., Penn State

Xavier Nwankpa, Iowa

Rod Moore, Michigan

Hunter Wohler, Wisconsin

Keon Sabb, Alabama

Aubrey Burks, West Virginia

Quinn Schulte, Iowa

Cameron Smith, TCU

Jaise Oliver, TCU

DeVonta Smith, Alabama

Jaden Mangham, Michigan State

Isaac Gifford, Nebraska

Lathan Ransom, Ohio State

Brylan Green, Liberty

Da’Marcus Crosby, Sam Houston

Kendrick Simpkins, Baylor

Jordan Riley, Kansas State

Devin Grant, Syracuse

Maxen Hook, Toledo

Dalton Johnson, Arizona

Shilo Sanders, Colorado

Cam'Ron Silmon-Craig, Colorado

Alex Johnson, UCLA

Jordan Favors, Appalachian State

Terry Jones Jr., Indiana

Jaden Voisin, South Alabama

Yam Banks, Ole Miss

Shyheim Brown, Florida State

LaMiles Brooks, Georgia Tech

Devin Neal, Louisville

Donovan McMillon, Pittsburgh

Javon McIntyre, Pittsburgh

Jonas Sanker, Virginia

Keonta Jenkins, Virginia Tech

Deshwan Pace, UCF

A.J. Haulcy, Houston

Beau Freyler, Iowa State

Jeremiah Cooper, Iowa State

Billy Bowman Jr., Oklahoma

Bud Clark, TCU

Jahdae Barron, Texas

Andrew Mukuba, Texas

Cedarious Barfield, San Diego State

Jaxen Turner, UNLV

Ike Larsen, Utah State

Dan Jackson, Georgia

Jordan Lovett, Kentucky

Major Burns, LSU

Trey Washington, Ole Miss

John Saunders Jr., Ole Miss

Daylan Carnell, Missouri

Nick Emmanwori, South Carolina

Bryce Anderson, Texas A&M

Sheldon Arnold II, East Tennessee State

Caleb Curtain, Elon

Cameron Broussard, Sacramento State

Tanner Volk, Central Washington