Overlooked so far? Could Hamsah be the next Derwin James? His stat line make a strong argument to be so.
Hamsah Nasirildeen, the 6’4 & 215-pound Junior, has grown into one of my favorite defensive players for Florida State this year. He led the Florida State defense in tackles last season and currently leads the team in 2019. Originally recruited as a Safety, Nasirildeen has found a home in the “star” position as a hybrid Safety/Linebacker. He has done exceptionally well playing in the box and has also excelled in coverage as a Defensive Back.
He most definitely has the frame to be a dominant hybrid for any NFL defense at 6’4. With 3 years worth of film and seeing the field for his entire stint at Florida State, I believe that he hasn’t even hit his ceiling yet. Nasirildeen has great skills in the box, attacking the ball with a high motor and always finding himself around the ball. Whether that’s making the tackle, or cleaning up his fellow defender’s tackle. If you compare him to Florida State’s most recent drafted DB, Derwin James, not only are they similar in stature, but stat line is similar as well. Nasirildeen is most definitely an athlete that can make a contribution to any NFL defense that decides to draft him.
It was hard for me to find any flaws in Nasirildeen’s game at first glance. Being more of a hybrid player he can be plugged in anywhere and do well. However, I feel as if his game may lack at the defensive back position. Footwork at the position is very important as a defensive back and many times he has been exposed by opposing receivers because of undisciplined play. This can be cleaned up in the long run with appropriate coaching at the next level, given that his innate physical ability has been sharpened. Nasirildeen’s tape may not stand out at first glance — but I’m sure that he will be picked up in the 2nd round at latest.