3 college safeties Steelers fans need to watch this season

Jevon Holland #8 of the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Jevon Holland #8 of the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Steelers have an elite playmaker at the free safety position with Minkah Fitzpatrick, but this could be a huge position of need come draft time.

It is no secret that the Steelers are thin at the safety position as they enter training camp at Heinz Field this year. Some depth was added with the veteran free agent signing of Curtis Riley. There is still a lack of skilled depth at the position and with Terrell Edmunds entering a pivotal year, his play will help expose if this position is one of high need or not going forward.

If Edmunds can make a huge jump in year three that shows his first-round pedigree then this position may not be as high on the list as many would think going into the season. If it is more of the same as the past two seasons for Edmunds, then it will be a top priority, and here are some names to keep your eyes on:

Jevon Holland, Oregon

When you are looking for production then you do not need to go farther then Jevon Holland as this young man has been putting up monster numbers for the Ducks. He started as a true freshman and has used his incredible size and speed to his ability to cause disruption against opposing offenses since.

Holland is entering his Junior season as he accounts for nine interceptions over his Sophomore and Freshman seasons. Holland throws his helmet into run defense as well as he has totaled 108 total tackles over his two seasons at Oregon. Holland has the chance to cement himself as the top safety with another outstanding season for the Ducks before he heads to the NFL.

Andre Cisco, Syracuse

Cisco is an extremely talented Free Safety for the Orange and has amazing ball-hawk ability. The only issue for him when it comes to the Steelers interest is that he plays the same position that Fitzpatrick does.

Cisco has done nothing but put up amazing numbers at Syracuse with a stat sheet over two seasons that includes 12 interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 125 tackles. All of this since walking onto the field as a true freshman with his crazy instincts and athletic ability.

Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State

This man is an absolute freak that can line up all over the field and play. At 6’4 and 220 pounds, he can destroy ball carriers and make plays happen in coverage. He has been lined up all over the field in this Seminole defense and will be a riser in the draft stocks as we move along this season.

This returning Senior has played in all three seasons at Florida State so far and has made a nice stat line for himself after exploding onto the scene last year. He totaled 101 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Hamsah could play safety or a tweener type at the next level, but him next to Devin Bush would be very enticing.

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Those are some potential safety prospects to keep your eyes on this upcoming season because you never know they might be wearing Black and Yellow the following season.