Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
When I was first awarded the opportunity to make the Kansas City Chiefs’ first round pick, I thought it was a great opportunity to channel my inner-Andy Reid. I have always watched Andy’s drafting philosophy with a sort of morbid curiosity. It has just always seemed that no matter the round, if a player was available that filled a need, was the proper value, and was generally agreed by everyone to be a no-brainer pick, Andy would instead reach about a round or so early and pick an undersized guy from Canada with a high motor.
When Andy hits, he hits big (ref: Mahomes, P; McNabb, D; McCoy, L). But when he misses, he usually misses huge (ref. Eagles 2010 and 2011 drafts).
So after careful consideration, and for the good of my approval rating, I decided to put my powder blue Hawaiian shirt back in the closet and skip the Andy Reid NFL Draft Crap Shoot, opting for a more logic-based selection instead.
Following yet another disappointing loss in a big game, Andy Reid and the Chiefs come into 2019 with high-expectations, high pressure, and more holes than most people think. This team is quite a bit different than the team that started the 2018 season. The anchor of the offensive line, Mitch Morse, is gone, signed by by Buffalo in free agency. Gone too is RB Kareem Hunt and WR Chris Conley. And the status of Tyreek Hill hangs in limbo at present, pending resolution of a domestic violence issue. If Hill were to be suspended, the team would be left with Sammy Watkins and a bunch of JAGs as their receiving corps.
On defense, the team lost its top 2 pass rushers – Dee Ford and Justin Houston, and are replacing them with Alex Okafor (4 sacks last year) and Emmanuel Ogbah (3 sacks last year), leaving the Chiefs with a 15 sack deficit. The Chiefs have also bid adieu to safeties Eric Berry and Ron Parker, and currently have backup Jordan Lucas listed as a starting safety. While they have added Tyrann Mathieu and Bashaud Breeland to the secondary, they still need significant help to hope to improve the 26th ranked defense of a year ago.
Therefore, I have ranked Kansas City’s top draft priorities for 2019 as follows:
- Pass Rusher
- Interior offensive line
- Wide receiver
- Running back
The pick – Nasir Adderley, Safety, University of Delaware
Picking at the end of the first round is a different animal than picking in the first 15-20 slots. Most of the big names are usually gone, and there’s always the possibility that the best guys left don’t fit your team’s system or needs. So teams typically either go BPA or trade up or out. But there are no trades allowed in the BGN draft. Fortunately, this year, the BPA for Kansas City fills a huge need.
In 2018, the Chiefs’ ranked 31st in passing yards allowed both total and per game, and 24th in points allowed, proving that they were consistently bad in large part to an awful secondary. They won 12 games mostly by beating up on bad teams (Arizona, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Jacksonville, the Broncos and Raiders twice each), while trying to win shootouts with the good teams. In these matchups they were 0-5, (Rams, Chargers, Seahawks, and Patriots twice). In these games in particular, it was clear that the Chiefs’ secondary was simply unable to stop a good offense, as they gave up an average of 40 points per game!. An influx of defensive talent is desperately needed if they want to take the next step.
Kansas City got the ball rolling by signing CB Bashaud Breeland and S Tyrann Mathieu, which immediately boosts the secondary. But they need more. Enter Nasir Adderley. Together with Mathieu, the two-headed monster brings a big upgrade in talent along with a new attitude mixed with a batch of swagger to the secondary.
What they’re saying about Adderley:
As per Jon Ledyard, TDN:
He’s incredibly physical, bringing the fight to everyone on the field without sacrificing technique or responsibility. I think he’ll check in around 205 pounds with an ideal build for a deep safety, yet also perfectly sized to slide into the slot against all types of receivers when a team needs that role filled as well. The only real question mark with Adderley is the level of competition he faces, as he wasn’t targeted a ton and will need to adjust some to the speed of the NFL game. His traits and intangibles seem to be perfectly in line with the top safeties in the league today.
As per Matt Miller, Bleacher Report:
“Adderley is one of the best coverage safeties in the entire draft, showing a full tool set of instincts, ball skills and athleticism when matched up in man or zone,” Miller sees Adderley as a potential immediate starter in the NFL.
And as per Joe Marino, TDN:
Ball Skills - Top shelf in efforts to convert opportunities into turnovers. Highlight reel over his career illustrates several high difficulty interceptions. Has high effectiveness in contesting at the catch point and length, hitting power and sense of timing mesh well to yield disruptions.
Competitive Toughness - Mean, nasty hitter when stepping downhill. Takes some poor angles playing off tackle runs but issues are product of poor angles, not fear of contact. Effort in single high is superb, slides to mirror before flipping open and opening strides to beat teammates in pursuit to the ball.
No limitations to what he can do and function at a high level. Split zones, single-high, in the box, blitzing, man coverage are all within his realm of capabilities. Interchangeable and highly versatile. Has made big plays as a punt and kick returner. Does everything.
2015: Started all 11 games as a true freshman for the University of Delaware Blue Hens, leading the team with eight pass breakups and 51 tackles, two for loss.
2016: Named third-team all-conference with 49 stops, two interceptions, and four pass breakups.
2017: First-team All-CAA with 78 tackles, four for loss, a team-high five interceptions (135 return yards), and three pass breakups.
2018: Second-team AP FCS All-American and first-team all-conference player, leading the team with four interceptions and seven pass breakups to go along with 87 tackles, 1.5 for loss, in 12 starts. He also returned five kickoffs on the year (for 149 yards, 29.8 average), and a TD.
See for yourself:
Andy Reid and the Chiefs are standing in front of a slowly closing window. They have a high-octane offense with a scary-good franchise QB. But the defense, and especially the secondary is definitely NOT on the same level. By adding Nasir Adderley they get an athletic, highly versatile safety with elite ball skills, who plays with a mean streak, can play in the box, play deep, cover, blitz, and can even return kicks. He brings an infectious attitude that will infuse a swagger back into the defense. And he and Tyrann Mathieu can utilize their coverage and ball skills to compensate for the drop off in pass rush that the Chiefs are sure to encounter after losing Ford and Houston. Lastly, his versatility allows Kansas City to use him to cover a variety of deficiencies (including CB if necessary) as they continue to rebuild their defense.
Nasir Adderley is an immediate day-one starter and instantly upgrades the weakest position group of the team, making him an excellent value at pick #29.
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2019 BGN Mock Draft Order
1) Cardinals (Philliesandthebees): Kyler Murray
2) 49ers (SakPrescott): Nick Bosa
3) Jets (thealien2696): Quinnen Williams
4) Raiders (SisyphusNoMore): Josh Allen
5) Buccaneers (EAGLESBSU): Montez Sweat
6) Giants (ablesser88): Dwayne Haskins
7) Jaguars (20Safety_Hazards): Jawaan Taylor
8) Lions (89Tremaine): Ed Oliver
9) Bills (drc242): Jonah Williams
10) Broncos (ItownBallers22): Devin White
11) Bengals (Phoenix X Maximus): Cody Ford
12) Packers (Palaniappan K M): Brian Burns
13) Dolphins (wildcatlh): Andre Dillard
14) Falcons (Happy24): Rashan Gary
15) Washington (roberticus01): D.K. Metcalf
16) Panthers (JALupowitz): Clelin Ferrell
17) Giants (KevinDont): Devin Bush
19) Titans (Big Schmoopie): Christian Wilkins
20) Steelers (J. Wil): T.J. Hockenson
21) Seahawks (NickfoleonDynamite): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
22) Ravens (GMinTraining): N’Keal Harry
23) Texans (EaglesRock94): Byron Murphy
24) Raiders (SummersInVA): Greedy Williams
25) Eagles (I Need a Username): Garrett Bradbury
26) Colts (Nolo0oo): A.J. Brown
27) Raiders (SLC Eagle): Josh Jacobs
28) Chargers (LBCeaglesFan!): Dexter Lawrence
29) Chiefs (Boxer Madness): Nasir Adderley
30) Packers (Kephas):
31) Rams (Matthieuck):
32) Patriots (Zett_66):
Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think the Chiefs should pick in the 2019 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft.
Who should the Chiefs draft at No. 29 overall?
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2019 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft
1) Cardinals: Kyler Murray
2) 49ers: Nick Bosa
3) Jets: Quinnen Williams
4) Raiders: Josh Allen
5) Buccaneers: Montez Sweat
6) Giants: Dwayne Haskins
7) Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor
8) Lions: Ed Oliver
9) Bills: Jonah Williams
10) Broncos: Devin White
11) Bengals: Devin Bush
12) Packers: T.J. Hockenson
13) Dolphins: Andre Dillard
14) Falcons: Rashan Gary
15) Washington: Drew Lock
16) Panthers: Clelin Ferrell
17) Giants: Brian Burns
18) Vikings: Noah Fant
19) Titans: Christian Wilkins
20) Steelers: D.K. Metcalf
21) Seahawks: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
22) Ravens: N’Keal Harry
23) Texans: Cody Ford
24) Raiders: Greedy Williams
25) Eagles: Garrett Bradbury
26) Colts: A.J. Brown
27) Raiders: Josh Jacobs
28) Chargers: Dexter Lawrence