In anticipation of the 2021 NFL season we have been ranking the AFC West teams against each other position-by-position. Thus far, we have completed the entire offense, ranking the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and offensive lines. The LA Chargers held up pretty well for themselves.
Today we start looking at the defenses and start with arguably the hardest position to gauge, the safety position. All of these teams in the AFC West are so close when it comes to the safety position and our no. 4 to start the year very well could be our no. 1.
More than any other position we have done thus far, the 2021 season is going to really shake up the order of the safeties.
Ranking the safety rooms in the AFC West:
4. Las Vegas Raiders: Trevon Moehrig, Johnathan Abram, Karl Joseph, Tyree Gillespie
The Las Vegas Raiders certainly have potential in the safety room. Johnathan Abram is a recent first-round pick that has not hit his perceived ceiling yet and Trevor Moehrig was one of my favorite safeties in the 2021 draft class.
The absolute best-case scenario for this safety room is that the Raiders get two talented young safeties that blossom together and give them a duo that the league needs to watch out for in the coming years.
However, it is also possible that both guys are simply mediocre or, even worse, struggle at their young age to get anything going. They do have a good third option in Karl Joseph but that is not enough to rank them any higher.
The other three teams in the AFC West all have at least one star safety. The Raiders very well could after the season, but as it stands right now, they don't. That makes them a not-so-distant last place.