Top 10 safeties through Week 6

Minnesota's Harrison Smith owns the No. 1 spot on our list of the best NFL safeties through six weeks.

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(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Top 10 safeties through Week 6

We’re now six weeks through the NFL season, and the cream of the crop is starting to rise among the league’s safeties.

Using our recently released 2015 Player Grades, here are Pro Football Focus’ top 10 safeties entering Week 7 of the season:

(Editor’s note: This list was updated following the completion of Week 6’s MNF game.)

NFL safety rankings

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Harrison Smith remains atop our rankings

Coming out of the Vikings’ bye week, Harrison Smith posted a slightly above average performance against the Chiefs. It was enough, however, to keep him in the No. 1 spot in our safety rankings, with an overall grade of 97.3 this season.

Smith has surrendered only one catch this year out of five targets where he served as the primary coverage. He also owns the third-best run defense grade among safeties, behind only Detroit’s James Ihedigbo and Green Bay’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Harrison Smith PFF grade

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Chase is a General Editor at PFF, focusing on the site’s NFL content strategy. His work has been featured in ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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  • Nik Hildebrand

    I’m really surprised at how good Gilchrist has been. His coverage skills have been better than he’s ever shown in the past.

    • corners

      that front 4 is so good.

    • Malachi

      ain’t that the truth, i thought it was addition by subtraction for SD the way he had played for them.

  • Matt

    How is Woodson not on the list? He is tied for the lead in INT’s and has been a ball hog at the position. I get that INT’s aren’t everything to the position but he has been all over the field.

    • Nik Hildebrand

      8 missed tackles hurts him

      • Matt

        Yeah but keep in mind he has a bum shoulder, like a really bum one lol. But I see what you mean.

        • T Weber

          A bum shoulder doesn’t show up in such rankings…missed tackles are missed tackles

        • corners

          dont blame injuries. Some players on this list mist a couple games, it doesn’t reflect that though.

          Also, the worst thing your safetys can do is miss a tackle as the last line of defense.

  • enai D

    Hitman Harry= pure beast, a pleasure to watch.. glad he’s starting to get some of the recognition he’s deserved for some time now

    • Malachi

      he is amazing. was destroying my broncos in week 4