2021 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Hamsah Nasrildeen
School: Florida State
Weight: 215 pounds
At FSU, Nasrildeen lined up everywhere. In the slot, he gave twitchy receivers fits with physicality at the line, disrupting their play. Facing a tight end, he will trail, staying within a footstep down the seam. Meanwhile, when corners pass off wideouts vertically, the prospect stays close.
Granted, four interceptions should fall into the positive category. Yet, there are plays and potential picks left on the table. Nasrildeen, can improve this with a defined set of roles within the construct of a defense.
Whether true or erred, Nasrildeen bears down on the target, with long strides, covering vast areas of green. When shooting the gap or funneling towards the sidelines, The burst towards the ball and adequate ability further down the field stands out.
Despite the length, Nasrildeen executes a fairly fluid backpedal, allowing him to trigger down towards the ball in front or hip flip vertically. On the contrary, he doesn’t use that nimbleness to avoid or shed blocks. When a lineman locks on and his participation in the play ends.
With Nasrildeen, his tackle base is filled with laudable and needed improvement. To his credit, the prospect offers a stop quality to his tackles. Long arms and tackle radius always ensures proximity to the play. On the other hand, when barreling down on the ball, Nasrildeen needs to breakdown sooner and avoid, flinging an arm out there. Back to the contact. With shoulders and proper target area awareness, the prospect displays a knack for jarring the ball away.
At times, the former Seminole plays by feel. That is to say, he lets instinct leads and occasionally lets his eyes deceive. Now, this hiccup, with sound but strong coaching, you’ll see less of the ” uh oh” plays. An uh-oh play is a mistake in either pursuit in coverage when a defender guesses incorrectly, forcing him to self-correct on the fly. Unfortunately, those plays result in chunk yardage.
If you just look at the measureables, the prospect strikes a similar figure to the former Seahawk, Kam Chancellor. That’s where much of the comparison ends. On balance, Nasrildeen presents a more athletic profile and does not hit like Chancellor. Instead, he would give the Raiders an athlete, capable of lining up in either zone or man, patrolling various areas of the field. Think Jeremy Chinn. Watching Erik Harris and Jeff Heath fail in coverage and miss tackles. On top of that, their pursuit coverage to the ball in front of them, allowed opponents to streak away from them, gaining extra yards, even score. The Raiders need athletes at all three levels. Spending a late Day Two, early Day Three pick on Nasrildeen works perfectly. With his versatility, he can fit into what Gus Bradley hopes to accomplish. The Las Vegas Raiders lack competent play at safety. In the AFC West, opposing offenses demand better talent in the secondary.