Nasir Adderley – S, Delaware
The first thing to know about Nasir Adderley is, much like Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2018, he doesn’t yet have a concrete position in the secondary, but that’s not quite a bad thing. Although teams are falling in love with his range at free safety, he may do just as well in the slot.
Do you want to put him at safety? Great, he can do that, but just know he has a solid build (6-foot, 206-pounds), and the range to be anywhere in a flash. He showed that at his pro-day with a 4.54 second 40-yard-dash. He’s also an explosive athlete that shouldn’t have trouble gaining traction.
Adderley isn’t afraid to hit hard and has a knack for finding the ball in the air. It doesn’t matter if you want him as a box safety or free safety, because he has the skill set to do both. However, he’s best set at free safety due to his burst, speed, and zone coverage abilities. Per Pro Football Focus he allowed a 1.3 pass rating in coverage, yes, 1.3.
Although I wouldn’t put him on the outside, Adderley does have the game to play in the slot; a need for the Cardinals. He has loose hips, high football intelligence, and the length to mirror top-notch receivers and tight ends at the position. Again, he shouldn’t be used on the outside as much as in as his deep-speed may not translate well and there’s not much man coverage tape on him.
Versatility is the key-word to define the Delaware product. Though I project him to find most of his success as a free safety, he shouldn’t have trouble transitioning to the box or slot. He looks like a first-round pick on tape, but his inconsistency along with his lack of elite competition and true position could drop him out of the first 50 selected.
Round projection: 1st-3rd round, his draft stock ultimately depends on where teams would play him. If the Cardinals draft him, expect to see him a slot cornerback and deep dime safety.