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9 Jul 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S/LB, Florida State

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Senior | 6’4” 212 lbs| Concord, NC

A long-limbed box safety who possesses the size, speed, instincts, and versatility to swing between safety and outside linebacker

Hamsah Nasirildeen came to Florida State as the consensus top prospect in the state of North Carolina, with some recruiting services projecting him as an outside linebacker while others saw him as a safety. He became both at FSU, quickly ascending from freshman special teamer to the team’s top tackler as a sophomore. Nasirildeen was expected to be a high draft pick mid way through an exceedingly productive 2019 campaign, but elected to return to school after a torn ACL prematurely ended his season. He was a team captain his junior year and is expected to retain that status as a senior.

Strengths:

  • Instinctive downhill run defender with sideline-to-sideline range
  • Extremely productive and sound tackler. Had 17+ total tackles in multiple games
  • Has the versatility to play both safety and outside linebacker at a high level
  • Has the frame to add bulk
  • Stays hip-to-hip well in man coverage
  • Extra long arms help him deflect passes
  • Ideal curl/flat coverage defender
  • Surprising play speed and click-and-close ability for his size

Areas to improve:

  • Ball skills are merely adequate
  • Tweener size may limit which teams are willing to draft him
  • Has issues navigating through trash cleanly from the weak side
  • Block destruction on bigger blockers is mostly untested

Injury concerns:

Tore his ACL late in the 2019 season, but is expected to make a full recovery before the start of his senior year.

Way too early projection:

He isn’t quite as strong or fast as Isaiah Simmons, but those who gawked over Simmons should love Nasirildeen as well. Some teams may want to see Nasirildeen bulk up and become a full-time coverage linebacker, while others may use him all over the field as a box safety, outside linebacker, and overhang defender. Either way, he will bring value as a versatile defensive asset and four down player. If he returns to form post-injury, he might sneak into the end of the first round in 2021.

What to watch in 2020:

Will Nasirildeen be 100 percent after returning from knee surgery? Or will some of his long speed and downhill explosiveness be sapped? Will he bulk up in order to play more linebacker at the next level? And will his play speed stay the same if he puts on weight? One of the most important things teams will be looking for in 2020 is his ability to navigate through blockers. He’s instinctive as hell in pursuit in the open field, but can he be as effective closer to the LOS?

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