The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Delaware safety Nasir Adderley may have played at an FCS school, but generating some noise for the NFL Draft.
2018 stats: 87 total tackles, four interceptions, seven pass break-ups, 1.5 tackles for loss
Size: 6-foot, 206 pounds
It may be a weaker safety class this year, but Adderley has taken advantage and may be one of the first ones selected this year. It is not common for an FCS player to be selected at the top of his position group, but Adderley has the potential to do it and will be selected within the first few rounds of the draft.
Adderley had 226 total tackles in his career at Delaware, as he got playing time in all four seasons on campus. He also saw time as a returner on special teams to help out the Blue Hens. For his play during his senior season, he was named a second-team FCS All-American. His solid play in the secondary and experience on special teams could make him a valuable asset to an NFL team.
As a great FCS player, the road isn’t easy to get to the NFL, but Adderley has set himself up well. Now he should expect to hear his name called before the end of the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Adderley is a good athlete, which is displayed in his speed and strength. He flies around the field looking to make plays, which is often a credit to his athleticism more than his positioning. His play jumps out on tape as someone who is physically superior to most of his competition in the FCS.
He has experience at both cornerback and safety during his time at Delaware, which makes him versatile. Adderley may not have some of the necessary traits to be a successful cornerback, but having the experience there helps.
With his experience as a cornerback, Adderley has corner-like ball skills. When the ball is in the air, he tracks it well and is able to make plays on the ball. He is often times able to get a hand on the ball and sometimes can pick it off. When the ball is in his hands, he is a threat to return it for a touchdown, as he is an experienced return specialist as well.
Even though he played a little bit of cornerback, his man coverage isn’t up to par with other safeties at the NFL level. He doesn’t have the ability to stay with a receiver for a long amount of time and has a hard time chasing receivers in and out of breaks.
His awareness needs to be improved when he is playing deep. Wide receivers were able to get by him for big gains because he would focus on another player. He also has a tough time telling what type of play is developing in front of him, giving him delayed reactions.
Partially because of his delayed play recognition skills, Adderley doesn’t help against the run very often. When he does recognize it is a run, he has a hard time locating a football and after that, doesn’t always take a good angle to get to the football.
Projected Draft Range: Second round-Third round