2. Nasir Adderley, Deleware
Another safety option with great cover skills ins Nasir Adderley of Deleware. Like Thornhill, he played both corner and safety while in college but is seen as a much better overall prospect than Thornhill.
In fact, some predict he could be a day one pick — although there are those who still think the inconsistencies in his game, as well as the doubts of where he will play at the next level, will keep him on the board until day two. His issues with consistent play were highlighted by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, who says there’s still a shot Adderley could end up at corner in the pros.
"“Defensive back with good size and length, but tape that is filled with inconsistencies over the last couple of years. Adderley’s issues revolve around inconsistencies with recognition and response as a safety, which is why teams might opt to move him back to cornerback where his size, athletic ability and ball skills will be coveted.” — Zierlein, NFL.com"
Adderley has great speed and can close in on the ball carrier in a hurry. That’s led to him breaking up several passes while he’s also been good at causing fumbles — something the Browns thrived on in 2018.
He’s not a prototypical strong safety like they had in Jabrill Peppers, but he’s a much better player in coverage, which is something they absolutely need. On top of that, Adderley has shown enough ability in run support to help in that regard as well.