Former blue chip safety Hamsah Nasirildeen has been drafted by the New York Jets as the 186th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Despite Florida State’s recently lean years, Nasirildeen has been one of the bright spots. He earned second-team All-Conference honors as a junior in 2019 and seemed poised to ascend as one of the best safeties in the conference his senior year. However, those plans were derailed when “Nas” suffered a torn ACL in the 2019 regular season finale against the Florida Gators.
His road back was long and arduous, and he only appeared in two games in the covid-shortened 2020 season.
But that only emphasizes Nasirildeen’s on-field impact in the 39 games he did appear in, as his presence was noticeably absent last season. Nas racked up 234 total career tackles, 140 of them solo. He also recorded four tackles for loss, a sack and two QB hits, three forced fumbles, four interceptions including a pick-six, and nine pass breakups.
His skills may not fit as a single-high safety at the next level but Nasirildeen can do almost anything else. Play in a two-deep shell, as the overhang safety, in the box, cover running backs and tight ends...he is a true do-everything Swiss army knife type of player who could likely find a similar role at the next level with a creative defensive coordinator.