In his previous six drafts as general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers, Tom Telesco had never selected a safety before the fourth round. That changed on Friday night.
Nasir Adderley, a safety out of Delaware, was selected in the second round with the No. 60 overall selection. He adds a new dimension to the Chargers’ secondary and will give defensive coordinator Gus Bradley much more flexibility.
That is because Adderley can be played all over the field. At Delaware, he made starts at safety and cornerback and his length will allow him to match up against the slot receiver, move tight end or at times, even the No.1 wide receiver on the opposing offenses.
Adderley was a two-way player early in his playing career, putting up big numbers as a wide receiver. His ball skills are among his best traits, but the physicality he will bring to the safety position is what makes this such a good pick.
In addition to the first-round selection of Jerry Tillery, Telesco has put his defense in the conversation for best in the league. How are you going to attack this defense?
Derwin James, the Chargers all-world safety has to absolutely love this pick.
YES SIRRRR ‼️‼️??Welcome to the family my boy let’s get to it @NasirAdderley
— Derwin James Jr (@DerwinJames) April 27, 2019
Oh look, it appears he does.
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One issue the Chargers had this year after cutting Jahleel Addae was the fact that there wasn’t a proven commodity to put at safety next to James. Would it be Rayshawn Jenkins, Adrian Phillips or Jaylen Watkins?
Though Adderley is also unproven at the professional level, obviously, his potential is sky high.
Many fans likely felt there was no way that Adderley could be had with the No. 60 pick but he fell right into their laps. Though grading this pick individually makes sense, it’s made even better because of what the team did in the first round.
The Chargers defense will be as good as any in the league and with Adderley giving the team what Addae never could in Bradley’s defense, look out. Fantastic pick.