Nasir Adderley

Delaware
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DB38

Prospect Info

College
Delaware
Hometown
Class
Philadelphia, PA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
206 lbs
31”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.82
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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Cousin of Herb Adderley, the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back who starred for the Packers and Cowboys in the 1960's. Adderley was a three-way stud on the football field in high school (1,025 receiving yards, nine interceptions, seven touchdowns on kick returns). He started all 11 games as a true freshman for the Blue Hens, leading the team with eight pass breakups (51 tackles, two for loss). Word got out on Adderley's talent among Colonial Athletic Association coaches in 2016, as they named him third-team all-conference (49 stops, two interceptions, four pass breakups.) He stepped up his game as a junior, garnering first-team All-CAA notice with 78 tackles, four for loss, a team-high five interceptions (135 return yards), and three pass breakups. Adderley was a second-team AP FCS All-American and first-team all-conference player in 2018, leading the team with four interceptions and seven pass breakups to go along with 87 tackles, 1.5 for loss, in 12 starts. He also returned five kickoffs on the year (for 149 yards, 29.8 average), scoring on one of them.
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NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Defensive back with good size and length, but tape that is filled with inconsistencies over the last couple of years. Adderley's issues revolve around inconsistencies with recognition and response as a safety, which is why teams might opt to move him back to cornerback where his size, athletic ability and ball skills will be coveted.
Strengths
  • Starting experience at both cornerback and safety
  • Appears twitched up and explosive as athlete
  • Smooth, extended backpedal gains ground into deep centerfield as safety
  • Fluid hips make change of direction look easy
  • No real hitch in his transitions no matter the direction
  • Lateral quickness and agility to tackle in space
  • Goes low to wrap and finish the legs
  • Has speed to range over top as single-high safety or recover against deep throws
  • Closing burst and length to rush in and challenge catch
  • Rakes at football at catch point and to create fumbles in run support
  • Displays cornerback's instincts and ball skills when he's in the area
  • High-point ball-hawk who combines ball-tracking with springy hops.
Weaknesses
  • Erratic in recognition and coverage duties as deep safety
  • Can be over-responsive and would benefit from greater patience
  • Can be manipulated by play design and heady quarterbacks
  • Tends to hyper-focus on a target rather than balance the field with his eyes
  • Struggles to locate proper pursuit angle when ball flows wide
  • Inconsistent at finding football and reading running back on downhill run fits
  • Grab-and-drag tackler
  • Absorbs more contact than he dishes out as run-support safety.

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league