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Draft Profile: Nasir Adderley

Draft Profile: Nasir Adderley

 
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    If it’s true that defense wins championships, teams should all be looking at Nasir Adderley, the 5-11 safety from Delaware. Football historians might recognize the name from his hall of fame cousin, Herb Adderley; but Nasir has certainly made a name for himself in the college football ranks. He has been an electrifying safety and kick returner for the Blue Hens over the last three seasons, and most recently competed in the Senior Bowl, making 5 tackles and pulling down an interception. While these stats may seem modest at first glance, he also played in the game with a high ankle sprain, which is tough for anybody to play on (except Greg Jennings…look it up).

    Going into his draft year, Adderley totaled 86 tackles and had 4 interceptions, which is a solid stat line in any division. While Delaware is a smaller school, his strong performance in the Senior Bowl helped to solidify him as a real prospect for any team that needs help in the secondary.

    Some of the physical traits that make Nasir Adderley stand out are his ability to close on routes quickly using his acceleration and foot speed, his instincts to wrap up and drive through ball-carriers when tackling, and his ability to make a play on the ball at its highest point when pass defending. While they may not be elite level skills yet, Adderley shows a lot of promise in these areas. There is a good chance that teams may view him as a cornerback based on his quickness and ball skills; however playing corner would give him a leg up on his competition because of his tackling skills. His ability to close on routes, reach the ball at its highest point, and have active hands when contesting a jump ball, paired with his speed and quickness would make him a solid member of any secondary.,

    While Adderley is a very talented safety, there are things that he has to improve on for the next level. For instance, he needs to be a better thinker of the game. He has shown inconsistencies in play recognition and routes to take to the ball-carrier on certain plays. He could also stand to add some muscle to his 200 lb frame; this would certainly help in shedding blocks and wrapping up ball-carriers at the professional level. Most of the ways Adderley can improve will come to him off the field; he will have to study film and put in extra time in the weight room. Short of these changes, he has the physical tools to be a good defensive player in this league.

    Look for Nasir Adderley to go in the mid-second round of the draft this year, based on his physical attributes and his strong showing in the Senior Bowl. Teams like the Chiefs, Eagles, and Raiders could be in the mix for Adderley’s services this year. His skills on the defensive side of the ball and his return ability should be highly coveted on day 2 of the draft. Unless he goes on day 1, in which case, I said it here first.


-By: Nick Selko

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