- BProjectionRound 3-4
Strong Points: Four-year starter -- first two seasons at corner and final two at safety. Very productive. Good instincts -- reacts quickly to run and pass. Speed and range to the sideline from the center of the field. Reacts well to the ball in the air. Nine interceptions from the safety position in final two seasons. Good overall athlete. Stays low in his pedal and turns quickly. Shows a burst out of his turn, closing without taking extra steps.
Weak Points: Level of competition and didn't consistently dominate in the FCS. Good hitter but not overly physical. Misses some tackles. Corner experience is a plus but not asked to play a lot of man coverage last season.
The Way We See It: Adderley was a very good FCS-level player, just not necessarily a dominant one. He has the size, strength, speed and athleticism to easily make the jump to the NFL but will need a period of adjustment and development. Adderley was a four-year starter at Delaware, where he gained experience at corner and safety. His coverage experience as a corner will help in in his transition to the NFL. He appears to be capable of playing either free or strong safety but must become a bit more physical to play strong. Range, instincts and ball skills are all evident. I project him as rookie backup with a chance to become a starter by Year 2, if he develops as expected. Like with any defensive back, his workout will be important.
Arthur Arkush: In the three games I found of Adderley, his athleticism, range and ball skills jumped out. Unfortunately, so did his slow processing and overall inexperience at safety after spending his first two seasons at corner. The North Dakota State film was particularly troubling -- both Adderley's slow reactions and blown assignments and the fact it's probably the closest thing to an NFL offense we can find. Make no mistake: Adderley has terrific traits, and his CB-S-KR flexibility boosts his appeal. He goes up to get the football, throws his body around when running the alley and has terrific speed from the hash marks to the boundaries. But he might have to earn his keep early on special teams and sub packages as his game continues to evolve.
Best Fit: Giants, Bucs, Rams, Steelers
Red Flags: None
NFL Comp: Glover Quin