The New York Jets continue their Day 3 defensive onslaught as they draft versatile defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen.
Spending their fourth consecutive draft pick on defense, the New York Jets added yet another versatile defender on Day 3 as they used the 186th overall selection on Florida State defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen.
Entering the NFL after his true senior seen, the Concord, North Carolina native is listed as a safety, but at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds with plenty of experience all over the field, he has the potential to play a variety of different roles.
An ACL injury suffered in the 2019 season limited Nasirildeen to only two games in 2020 as he returned late in the season. In 2019, Nasirildeen put himself on the NFL radar with an excellent season in coverage as he allowed a 68.9 passer rating on throws in his direction while posting an 81.9 coverage grade at Pro Football Focus.
In 2019, Nasirildeen played 42.3% of his snaps at free safety, 21.2% at strong safety, 17.7% at slot cornerback, 12.8% at inside linebacker, 5.3% at outside linebacker, and 0.7% at outside cornerback.
Joe Douglas is setting a trend of selecting versatile defenders today. Jamien Sherwood is a safety with the potential to play linebacker, much like Nasirildeen. Michael Carter II played some safety and outside cornerback in college but had his best success as a slot cornerback and projects to that role in the NFL.
The Jets have two picks remaining today, the 200th and 207th overall picks in the sixth round.
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