Nasir Adderley-The safety the Packers’ defense deserves in 2019

Who knew that a 5’11, 200 pound safety from the University of Delaware would quickly become my most beloved prospect in the entire 2019 NFL Draft. A senior, originally from Philadelphia, Adderley possesses all the traits NFL teams are looking for from the safety position in 2019. After seeing inconsistent (at best) play from HaHa Clinton-Dix, and utterly dreadful saunters on the back end from Kentrell Brice the past few years, Nasir Adderley is the player the Packers’ defense deserves in 2019.

Throw on any Delaware game of the past three years, and number twenty-three, much like the man who made the number famous, seemingly jumps right out of the screen. Adderley possesses the deep range and sideline to sideline speed the Packers defense has been missing on the back end since Nick Collins’ injury in 2011. Much like Collins, Adderley has outstanding instincts while playing as a deep coverage safety. When paired with his first rate ball skills, and outrageous leaping ability, the effects can be devastating to opposing passing games’. Here vs Towson, he displays all of these traits at once while making an Odell Beckham Jr.-esque, catch of the year interception:

Nasir’s uncanny ability to diagnose route combinations, and offensive schemes as a whole, may be his most impressive attribute. He exhibits loose hips and the ability to turn and run with receivers in coverage. Adderley is a top-notch athlete, and uses his exceptional short area quickness to track receivers in space. Although not asked to play in man coverage much during his senior season, Adderley’s athletic traits suggest his ability to do so at the next level.

The Packers have sorely lacked aggressiveness and physicality in the secondary for much of the past decade. Former general manager Ted Thompson allowed the irreplaceable Charles Woodson to leave at least two years too early. Thus leaving the safety position, less the oft-injured Morgan Burnett, full of young, largely unimpressive talents. Luckily, Adderley possesses both of these attributes in droves. He is a mean, nasty, physical football player who plays with urgency on every play. His ability to consistently get low in his stance, and wrap up, make the safety a sound and excellent open field tackler. He generally takes superb angles to the football and rarely misses. My favourite part about his skillset is the outrageous physicality he demonstrates in every facet of the game. Adderley is a thumping tackler, however it is his willingness to take on, and beat, offensive lineman at the point of attack that sets him apart. His attitude and compete level would fit seamlessly with the change in culture players like Jaire Alexander brought to the secondary this past season.

Many of the knocks you’ll read about number twenty-three have to do with his lack of tape against top tier talent. Fortunately, Nasir has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl held at the end of the month. In Mobile, he will have an entire week to demonstrate how his phenomenal skillset will fluidly translate from the FCS to the NFL level. That along with testing later next month at the NFL Scouting Combine, should put any questions regarding his athleticism to rest. Barring any unforeseen setbacks in the pre-draft process, Nasir should solidify his status as a top fifty prospect.

The former two star recruit is a player I would strongly recommend Brian Gutekunst and the Packers’ brain trust take a long look at with their second pick of the first round. If, on April 26th, he remains on the board at pick number forty-four, Green Bay should run their draft card to the podium. This is the type of player who could be a pillar of Mike Pettines’ defense for the next decade. Adderley’s range, superb recognition skills, and nasty streak remind me of another safety, fortuitously picked forty-fourth in his draft class, the great Bob Sanders.

Nick is a lifelong Packers fan. 4th and 26 was on his 13th birthday, unlucky. Follow him @CANDRAFTGEEK647 on Twitter for all your Packers draft needs and questions.
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9 thoughts on “Nasir Adderley-The safety the Packers’ defense deserves in 2019

  1. Preach, Brethren!!

    It’s apparent to me that you’ve got to be able to put 5 healthy guys on the field who can cover, because if you can’t, you’re going to have people uncovered.

    You suit up 9 DBs on your Gameday Roster. You play four and five of them extensively, and even a sixth. The rest are on special teams unless somebody gets hurt, then they’re on the field on defense trying to cover people.

    If we get a starting caliber safety in this draft, we’d have Tramon and Breeland, hopefully, as our #3 and #4 CBs. Move Jackson to safety to compete with Jones and Brice. Use Campbell to back up the starting FS.
    But you’re almost certainly talking a first round pick to get Adderley. I think that’s the most important place to get a starter on defense, but everybody has their own ideas.

    1. Yes, yes, yes! Many games in the NFL turn when 1-2 DBs get hurt during the game. You can’t have enough of them

    2. Thanks for the love man. My ideal scenario is taking an edgerusher at 12, who I’ll tell you a bit more about next week, and an impact defender at 30-32. I’d like Jackson to stay at corner,he’s raw but I love his potential. Nothing wrong with him, Breeland, and King battling for CB2-4. Definately a positon to upgrade, we’ve certainly lacked a playmaker at safety for far too long.

  2. Three picks in the top 44. I can’t wait to see Adderley in the Senior Bowl and at the combine. EDGE, OL and Safety are my first three picks. Bring an Adderley back to Green Bay the fans will love it.

  3. I do like Landon Collins as a great free agent pick up. He hits and plays like Nick Collins used to before his career was ended early to injury. I still want to draft Adderley and build a fierce defensive backfield.

  4. Great article. Funny you mention Morgan Burnett — he just requested his release from the Steelers since he felt he was played out of position as a LB.

    Since Josh Jones can fill that role, and I’d prefer to see Josh Jackson to continue developing as a corner, I’d love to bring back Burnett for cheap (3 yrs, $14M is what he signed for with the Steelers) and pair him with Adderley.

    We need a veteran presence back there. Pairing him with a seasoned vet like Burnett would be invaluable. Would Burnett play all 16 games? Probably not, but a veteran safety who’s already familiar with Green Bay and at a dirt cheap price would be stupid NOT to consider it.

    Simply because Adderley played against lesser competition means unless he blows away everyone at the Senior Bowl and Combine, then he should be available 30-32.

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