Weight: 206 lbs
40 Time: 4.54
Cone Drill: NA
225′ Reps: 19
Add Nasir Adderley to the list of free safeties this year that have starting experience at corner. However, Adderley may be the smoothest of the bunch. He has great feet and hips which lead to seamless transitions. Adderley is not only able to change directions easily, but he usually does so while gaining ground on his opponent. His closing speed is very impressive. It allows him to get his hands on a lot of balls.
He likes to attack the ball at all times causing turnovers by interceptions and fumbles. Adderley’s athleticism will jump out on tape. He is one player that will showcase his vertical while high pointing the ball. He has a nose for tracking the ball in the air as well. There are not a lot of guys as athletic as Naisr Adderley who are also just as technically sound. He will continue to get better with each rep.
Inconsistency is the biggest issue with Adderley. He needs to work on diagnosing the play earlier. At times, he can have trouble recognizing the play which puts him behind. This eludes to him not being able to see route combinations or running lanes. His eyes are behind which puts him in a bad spot. If he can diagnose plays faster, he can get his eyes where they need to be and get himself in a better position. He will also need to be a more consistent tackler in run support.
How He Fits
Nasir Adderley could have a different role in Pettine’s defense every week. I see him being a package specialist, at least early in the year. He can roam single high or come down and guard man to man depending on what Pettine wants to do that week. In today’s NFL, guys with Adderley’s athletic ability and sound fundamental work at two positions is a huge benefit. Offenses are getting more versatile each year, and the defensive side of the ball needs to keep up. His ability will get him on the field instantly, and Pettine can play to his strengths while he continues to get better overall. He will also help the defense snag a few more turnovers with his ball skills. Adderley could help on special teams too which is a big emphasis this off-season.
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