The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Hamsah Nasirildeen 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Hamsah Nasirildeen Background
Size: 6-foot-3, 215 pounds
2020 stats: 13 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended (2 games played)
Over four seasons at Florida State, Nasirildeen demonstrated a unique athletic profile. Now that he used up his college eligibility, he is entering the NFL.
Nasirildeen was a U.S. Army All-American who left the state of North Carolina to play for Florida State. He played in a reserve role and on special teams for the Seminoles as a freshman, recording 28 total tackles in the process. His impact was felt more as a sophomore, as he registered five starts with 91 total tackles, one interception and two passes defended. Florida State went 5-7 that season. For his junior season, Nasirildeen impressed with 101 total tackles, two interceptions and one pass defended. The Seminoles went 6-7, but lost in the Sun Bowl, even though Nasirildeen had a great year. A knee injury ended his 2019 season before the bowl game and he also missed the first seven games of the 2020 season. In the two games he was able to play, Nasirildeen had 13 total tackles, one interception and one pass defended. Florida State struggled in his absence and had just a 3-6 record on the year.
His comeback from his knee injury was impressive and he is now healthy as he heads into the next level. He is currently projected to be a second or third round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Nasirildeen has great size for a safety prospect. He stands at 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds. This allows him to come up and play near the line of scrimmage well. To go with his size, Nasirildeen has extremely long arms at 34.5 inches. With his size and length, he has a big tackle radius and can be disruptive to bigger receivers and tight ends that thrive on winning because of their size.
His physical playing style is apparent in all areas of his game. He plays downhill and isn’t afraid to make an impact in the running game. Nasirildeen will try to leave a mark on the ball carrier by leaving a big blow. He will be able to be solid against the run due to his mindset, physicality and size, as he weaves through traffic to make plays.
For his size, Nasirildeen has great athletic ability. He has solid range when playing against the run and can make plays quickly. While he will likely be a box safety at the next level, he has the athleticism and speed to be able to cover tight ends consistently.
Nasirildeen has only played in two games since the end of the 2019 regular season. He had an ACL injury at the tail end of the 2019 season and returned for the last two games of the 2020 season. Although he seems to be healthy, he will still be relatively rusty. Doctors will need to check his knee out before drafting him.
He should not be used as a deep safety very often. His bread and butter is playing near the line of scrimmage and being able to cover tight ends. If left on an island in a deep zone, he will not be very effective. His athleticism could work in a deep zone, but his anticipation and awareness will need some work before he can be trusted.
While he is a big hitter, he also can miss some tackles too. At times he goes for the big hit instead of simply wrapping up the ball carrier and bringing them to the ground. If he keeps his eye on the ball and focuses on finishing the play, Nasirildeen can improve in this area.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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