Safety | Delaware | Senior
Height: 6-foot | Weight: 206 pounds
2018: 86 tackles (48 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, 7 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble; 5 kickoff returns for 149 yards and a touchdown in 12 games
Career: 264 tackles (165 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, 22 pass breakups, 11 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown), 4 forced fumbles, 0.5 sack; 35 kickoff returns for 863 yards and one touchdown
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Summary: Adderley played safety and receiver in high school but shifted to cornerback when he arrived on campus in 2015. He was just one of two true freshmen to start every game. In 2016, he earned All-CAA Third Team honors. After two seasons on the outside, he shifted to safety in 2017 and was named to the All-CAA First Team in each of his final two seasons. The five interceptions recorded by Adderley in 2017 ranked 11th in FCS.
Adderley was invited to the Senior Bowl after a strong 2018 season. According to Pro Football Focus, Adderley was targeted 23 times and allowed seven completions for 74 yards while intercepting four passes (opponent passer rating of just 1.3). The analytics site counted 376 run defense snaps, eight missed tackles and 13 run stops for a run stop percentage of 3.46.
NFL analyst Lance Zierlein wrote in Adderley’s NFL.com draft profile that the player has good size and length but has had “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.”
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Stacking up (before the combine): Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, has Adderley rated as the top safety in this year’s class. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Adderley as the third-best safety. Daniel Jeremiah ranked Adderley as the 33rd overall player in his list of the top 50 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Family ties: Adderley is a cousin of Pro Football Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, who starred as a defensive back for the Packers (1961-69) and Cowboys (1970-72) and racked up 1,046 return yards and seven scores on 48 career interceptions. He also is the grandson of Nelson Adderley, who played collegiately at Ohio State and in the CFL.
The Blue Hen described the continued influence of his 79-year-old Hall of Fame cousin during a session with reporters at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
“It’s been great. I talk to him all the time. I actually just texted him before I got out here [for media availability], and he’s just extremely excited for me and so supportive. It’s a blessing to have him in my corner.”