Chargers select FS Nasir Adderley in the second round
- Third-highest coverage grade for safeties by Pro Football Focus
Many expected the Chargers to go offensive or defensive line with their first selection, believing the team could get a good free safety in the second round based on the depth of the draft. No one, however, expected Adderley, a popular first round projection to the Chargers, to be there at the 60th selection. And fans couldn’t be happier.
There was a clear and obvious deficiency at the free safety position last year, with Jahleel Addae manning a spot he really shouldn’t have been in, which ultimately cost the former undrafted free agent his job. Fans pounded the table for the Chargers to fork over tens of millions of dollars for an aging, injured safety like Earl Thomas, or to misuse someone like Eric Berry and stick him in center field. This is why patience is key, and that free agency reactions need to be tempered until the full picture is known.
The Chargers land what many felt was the best pure free safety in the draft, a player who immediately has Pro-Bowl potential on one of the NFL’s most stacked defenses with arguably the best position coach in the league, Ron Milus.
Hey @chargers you are getting a great one!
— CAA Football (@CAAFootball) April 27, 2019
Adderley also has experience returning kicks, which to me helps with one of two things. One, if Desmond King were to ever get hurt, Adderley could step in without the team reverting back to Travis Benjamin to do so. Secondly, it will make him an explosive player with the ball in his hands following an interception, something King has shown to be with multiple pick-and-scores in his career.
This is by far Telesco’s best selection in the draft, taking an already great player and amplifying it with the massive value of taking him in the second.
Draft Grade: A