This is the seventh in an ongoing series on 2019 NFL Draft prospects by Chris Reed. He will analyze possible 2019 NFL Draft picks and their fit for the Raiders. Today, we look at Delaware defensive back Nasir Adderley.
Name: Nasir Adderley
Position: Defensive Back
Plays with physicality, attacks blockers instead of absorbing contact, good ball skills, quality range, good burst, and fluid hips make changing direction easy, played single and split coverages, attacks receivers and contests catches very well, could play safety or cornerback.
Run/Pass reads were slow at times, lack of weight could be an issue, wasn’t asked to blitz often or play man coverage, had trouble disengaging from blockers at times.
Why He Would Fit the Raiders
Safety has been a weak spot for the Raiders over recent seasons especially in single high sets. Adderley would give them a rangy option that also possesses good ball skills. He logged 10 interceptions and 31 passes defended over his four-year collegiate career. It’s no secret that the defense has struggled to force turnovers and Adderley could give them a much-needed boost in that area.
He is listed around 180-pounds and teams may view him as a corner but he still plays with physicality. He would attack blockers instead of simply accepting contact. His range and route recognition would make him an ideal safety prospect if he can put on weight but maintain his quickness.
Adderley would also give the team a willing tackler to replace starter Karl Joseph should he leave in free agency. Even with his weight limitations, Adderley is a pretty solid tackler. He didn’t really deliver knock-out shots but could secure the ball carrier rather well.
His position versatility will add to his draft stock as well. It isn’t hard to envision a scenario where Adderley plays safety in base defenses and also fills the role of Nickel corner. With a limit of 46 active players, having guys that can line up in different positions is paramount. Injuries can shuffle position groups and being able to plug Adderley into any position could limit the amount of change required should a starter go down. Communication is king in the secondary, keeping guys in familiar spots will keep it from breaking down.
Why He Would Not Fit the Raiders
Starting safeties Joseph and Erik Harris were really rounding into form towards the end of last season. Spending the required first round pick to add to a position that already employs two starting options may not be the best use of resources. Joseph would most likely be considered the best other option to play opposite of Adderley. That would mean both starting safeties were under 6 feet tall and around 200-pounds. That could cause some issues in both tight end coverage as well as run support.
With all of the attention Adderley got during last weekends Senior Bowl, he may be gone before the teams 24th overall pick rolls around. Plenty of talented players will come off the board in that 20-pick window between their first and second selections. Even though he indicated he wanted to be a Raider, Nasir’s play may prevent that from happening.