After releasing Jahleel Addae, the Los Angeles Chargers could be looking for as much competition as they can get at the safety position.
Nasir Adderley may be that new safety that the Chargers are looking for. Additionally, he can be an interchangeable piece in Gus Bradley’s defense. Besides, with Nasir’s zone coverage skills, he will be able to play both safety spots without much problem in the Chargers’ defense.
Here’s a scouting report from Joe Marino of The Draft Network.
“Coverage – Extremely comfortable in zone coverage defending both deep and short zones with outstanding route anticipation skills. Wonderful understanding of coverage spacing. Sharply reads the backfield and works into throwing lanes. Did not play much man coverage but traits are present for him to do so and succeed. His physicality and route anticipation skills are ideal for mirroring tight ends. Reliable and aware.”
Being a safety in today’s NFL you will have to possess great tackling technique and your play recognition must be sharp if you want to have a superior center fielder. Nasir has both of those traits as stated by Marino.
“Tackling – Reliable and secure wrap up tackler that aims low and rarely comes up empty. Does well to bring his feet through contact. Physical hitter that brings outstanding power on arrival. Can be trusted as the last line of defense.
Processing – Has sharp play recognition skills and processes quickly. Has a natural feel in coverage and reacts accurately to what unfolds in front of him. Anticipates and understands route concepts. Preparation is obvious and he does well to position himself to make plays.”
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Adderley and Derwin James can be the next elite safety tandem that Bradley can employ for the Chargers to destroy opposing offenses. The team will have a better Kam Chancellor and an Earl Thomas clone.
Additionally, all of the traits Nasir has can make him a top 10 safety but for him to be one of the best safeties his aggression has to be on par of those other great safeties.
Therefore, having such a great tandem at safety will not only help the defense but also our offense due to them having to see these two feed off of each other. Furthermore, the disguises that Gus could come up with next season would be muy bien.
Could the Chargers take Adderley at No. 28 in the first round?