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Teams Don't See Adderley in First Round

Updated Feb. 12, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

Last summer and into the autumn, WalterFootball.com was the first media to report that Delaware safety Nasir Adderley was generating a buzz in the scouting community. Team sources liked what they saw of Adderley on tape, and the advance scouts included Adderley on their preseason watch list of players with potential for the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. Leading up to the 2019 Senior Bowl and since then, there have been some mock drafts that have projected Adderley to be a first-round pick. However in speaking to sources from seven different NFL teams, none of them had Adderley going in Round 1.

The biggest issue for Adderley that was mentioned independently was size. When scouts measured Adderley in the spring of 2018, he checked in at 5-foot-11, 197 pounds, and those numbers were duplicated in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. Adderley has a cornerback-type build that causes some teams to have concerns about him tackling at safety in the NFL. Being a small safety has also led to some good players having durability issues.

In speaking to a AFC general manager, they said they had Adderley graded as a high third-round pick and projected him to being a nickel cornerback because of the size issue. Another AFC general manager said Adderley probably should be a third-round pick.

Here is what one NFC director of college scouting said about Adderley, "He's a solid athlete, but can't really run when you watch the tape and he bounces off of too many tackles. A little overrated and shouldn't go in the second [round] if people study the tape. He had no real twitch at nickel either at the Senior Bowl."

All seven team sources thought that Adderley should, and would, go on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft. They liked him as a player, but felt that he has some size and athletic limitations hold him back from being a transcendent talent who belongs on the opening night of the draft.







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