Looking to improve upon the talent at the safety position, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent two representatives to the pro day of a highly touted safety.
According to Damond Talbot of draftdiamonds.com, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent two representatives to Delaware University’s pro day, one scout and defensive backs coach Nick Rapone. The player to watch at this small school is none other than highly touted safety Nasir Adderley.
Although Adderley tweaked a muscle at his pro day and did not put up the numbers that he was hoping, having 40 scouts attend your big event is a good sign that good things are to come once the draft rolls around.
While the fifth pick is way too valuable of an asset to use on the Blue Hen safety, the Buccaneers could find themselves in position to take him with their second round pick if he manages to slip to the 39th overall pick, or if they wind up picking in the 20-32 range after a trade back.
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Adderley did not test at the combine while recovering from an injury, but at his pro day, prior to calling it quits after pulling his hamstring during his 40 yard dash, he hit 38 inches on his vertical jump, nearly 11 feet on his broad jump, and pumped out 19 reps on the bench press. Measuring in at just under 6’0 and at 203 pounds, this small school safety looks to have the strength and athleticism to play at the third level of NFL defenses.
Throughout his career at Delaware, Adderley totaled 10 interceptions, knocking down an additional 31 passes, and 228 total tackles; during his Senior season in 2018, he tallied 48 tackles and three picks. Performing well throughout his college career, Adderley earned himself an invitation to the Senior Bowl and put on a show, including an interception of quarterback prospect Tyree Jackson.
With Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead returning as the starting safeties for the Buccaneers in 2019, Tampa Bay has also decided to move cornerback M.J. Stewart to safety as well as sign former Green Bay Packers starter Kentrell Brice. They may not be done yet; although Evans looks to have a tight hold on his job, the Buccaneers are exploring every option to add depth to the back of their defense.