By: Hussam Patel
Florida State safety Hamsah Nasirildeen is unlike any defensive back I have ever seen. He’s got a rare mixture of size, speed, tackling and amazing athleticism. He’s so versatile- while listed as a safety for the Seminoles- he can play box safety, deep third corner, slot corner, off ball linebacker and even as an EDGE rusher.
With a complete toolset he can be the weapons that neutralizes TE’s such as Darren Waller and Travis Kelce. He can run with the best Running backs and hold his own against man coverage. He can even play as a cover slot corner and make pass catcher pay by drilling them in the zone. The way he is able to contort his body and take angles to tackle ball carriers is impressive, Nasirildeen is very rangy. His length allows him to overhang receivers and close down passing windows that wouldn't be in most defenders range.
He’s quick to get to the ball carrier which is a plus in the run game. The Seminole product is a great run defender, stampeding quickly to minimize yards gained. He processes plays really fast which lets him diagnose the difference between a run and a pass play and takes the first contact to fill gaps at the line of scrimmage.
Along with his punishing hit stick, he will need to be more consistent with his timing of tackles. This would be a guarantee that no ball carrier would be able to wiggle out of his grasp. Furthermore, the offseason should get him ready to learn NFL cover concepts to be a do it all safety. If Hamsah can be consistently aggressive while taking on blockers in the run game, his defensive coordinator will use him creatively.
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