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Why the Chargers selected Nasir Adderley at #60

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With the 60th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers selected Nasir Adderley, the top-rated free safety in this year’s draft.

In the second draft in as many years, Tom Telesco has had one of, if not the top, safety prospect in the entire draft fall to him much later than most expected.

Adderley will likely fill the hole left by Jahleel Addae after he was released earlier this year before the start of the free agency period.

With Derwin James being extremely productive and impactful around the line of scrimmage and in the box, Adderley is the perfect compliment to #33 as he will patrol the back end of the defense in single-high and cover 3 looks in Gus Bradley’s defense.

A former cornerback, Adderley spent the first 22 games of his career on the outside following wideouts. Due to team need, Adderley was moved to a safety spot and enjoyed an even more productive final two years for the Blue Hens.

In his final two seasons, he collected nine interceptions en route to back-to-back first team All-CAA selections and second team FCS All-American honors in 2018.

The 6-foot-0, 206-pound defender also offers some value on special teams where he averaged 29.8 yards on kickoffs and returned one for a touchdown.

Adderley possesses some of the best hips of any defensive backs. His highlight reel is littered with smooth transitions out of his back pedals and elite closing speed when breaking on passes that happen to float a little too long in the air. His ball-skills from playing cornerback are extremely apparent as he is comfortable hauling in interceptions from all angles.

The FCS product will be an instant upgrade for the Chargers’ defense and should be the favorite to win the starting free safety position once the regular seasons rolls around.