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Hamsah Nasirildeen 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Name: Hamsah Nasirildeen
College: Florida State
Overall Rank: No. 111 overall
Position Rank: S8
Strengths: Hamsah Nasirildeen is a physically gifted athlete can play multiple roles within a defense. Nasirildeen can plat at single high, slot, and even as a linebacker or blitzer in certain packages. He has great burst, good speed, can change directions quickly; and has the lateral agility making him dangerous in coverage. Nasirildeen has shown the ability to process the field quickly and seems to have a good understanding on how the quarterback is reading the field. Nasirildeen can handle tackling and run defense at the next level, which could make him a contributor throughout his rookie year.
Weaknesses: Injuries and long-term durability is a concern with Nasirildeen. He suffered a torn ACL late in the 2019 season and he struggled with lingering knee issues throughout the 2020 season, playing in only two games. Nasirildeen has the athletic and physical profile to project as a starting hybrid safety and linebacker, but he could struggle with full-time man coverage assignments as he’s not quick enough to cover third receivers at the next level.
What I Love: Versatility on a defense. Nasirildeen can provide a defensive coordinator with multiple options within defensive packages. Nasirildeen has the potential to play linebacker, strong safety, and can be thrown into blitz packages and handle himself in the run game. Nasirildeen can cover tight ends, stop the run, blitz the quarterback when asked, play strong safety, and wear various hats for an NFL defense. Over the past five seasons, we’ve seen players like Derwin James, and Jeremy Chinn come into the league and create an immediate impact utilizing their versatility as athletic defenders who can wear multiple hats. Hamsah Nasirildeen could be the next guy we see doing similar things on Sundays.
NFL Comparison: Derwin James
Position Specific Traits:
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Athletic Ability: ++
Man Coverage: +
Run Support: ++
Zone Coverage: ++