Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
The highest touted small school prospect in this year’s draft class is by far and away safety Nasir Adderley from Delaware. Looking to be the second Delaware Blue Hen drafted in the first round in school history (Joe Flacco), Adderley could be an option for the Buccaneers if they trade back deep into the first round or if he manages to slip to the 39th overall pick.
Unfortunately for Adderley, he did not test at the combine due to a nagging injury, then at his pro day he re-aggravated the injury during his 40 yard das; while he was clocked at a 4.62 40 at his pro day, he likely would have run faster if he had not come up limp. Adderley did post impressive numbers on his bench press (19 reps), vertical jump (38 inches) and broad jump (10’9) though; he did not complete the 3-cone drill or the 20 yard shuttle after his injury.
During his career with the Blue Hens, Adderley played at cornerback before transitioning to safety. He tallied 10 career interceptions, knocked down an additional 31 passes, and recorded 226 total tackles in four seasons.
The Buccaneers are in desperate need of some help at the safety position as Justin Evans struggled in year-two and Kentrell Brice was signed as nothing more than a stop-gap until a younger guy can develop. If Adderley is on the board when the 39th overall pick rolls around, expect him to be wearing the pewter and red in 2019.