Chargers select Blue Hens DB Adderley in 2nd round of NFL draft

Nasir Adderley

NEWARK — Nasir Adderley was born with an NFL last name.

Now the Delaware safety is going to get the chance to make a name for himself in the NFL.

Adderley was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday evening.

As the No. 60 pick overall, he’s second only to quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 17 in 2007) among the Blue Hens’ all-time draft picks.

The 6-0foot, 200-pound Adderley is the cousin of former Green Bay Packers great and NFL Hall of Famer Herb Adderley.

“This is what you dream of as a kid,” said Adderley. “It’s everything you work for. I can’t put it into words how much this moment means to my family and I. I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles and go to work.”

Adderley makes Delaware just the ninth FCS school in the past 10 years to have top-five round picks in the back-to-back years. Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols was taken by the Bears in the fifth round a year ago.

“We’re incredibly excited for Nasir and his family to get this opportunity,” said Blue Hens coach Danny Rocco. “This is a privilege that very few young men get and we’re proud to see all the hard work Nasir put in pay off. Nasir accomplished a lot during his four years here on campus and we can’t wait to watch him on Sundays.”

A Philadelphia, Pa. native, Adderley was a four-year starter for the Hens, becoming the first player in over 10 years to start every game of his career. He collected 264 tackles to rank among the top-five in defensive backs in program history.

He had 11 interceptions and 24 pass deflections in his career. He made a handful of highlight-reel plays, including a 92-yard kickoff return in a win at New Hampshire this past fall.

“I can’t thank the University of Delaware, my teammates, my coaches and so many people that helped push me to where I am today,” Adderley added. “I’m humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to represent the proud Blue Hen tradition in the NFL.”

As a senior, Adderley posted a career-high 87 tackles, which ranked in the top-20 nationally for defensive backs. He also had a team-high four interceptions and seven pass break-ups, to go along with his one forced fumble and fumble recovery.

He was the only player in the country with over 160 tackles and nine interceptions over the past two seasons.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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