He can be a versatile safety at the next level as he can play as a deep range player, up in the box, and can line up in the slot for man coverage. He is a fighter and will look to make a play on the ball until the play is over. He will knock balls out after the catch is made and has tremendous ball skills as he tracks the ball with his eyes then puts himself in position to grab it. He brings it against blockers, he will get up under their pads, and shed them to help disrupt runs or screen plays.
Even though he isn't afraid to hit anyone, including lineman, his size might be a concern for some teams at the next level. There is a small concern with how he plays if his body can handle it with bigger and stronger players in the NFL. He does need to work on his tackling form as he has a tendency of not breaking down and can leave his feet too early which results in broken tackles. He also can take bad angles on runners or to close space on a receiver. He takes himself out of plays because of it.
No Major Injury History
2018: Elon, North Dakota St., Lafayette
Adderley offers a team a safety that has plenty of game experience and value as a player because of his ability to be used all over in a defensive scheme. He is better suited to play as a deep range safety because he is strong at sitting back and reading the quarterback then using his quality sideline-to-sideline range which allows him to get into passing lanes. He is effective inside the box because he can smoothly glide himself into position to help fills gaps or take on blockers to end the run or bounce it into a different direction. He does have experience playing cornerback and his team would line him up in the slot. While I think he should be more of a deep safety, a defensive coordinator can use him as a weapon in his unit. He doesn't give up any effort, regardless if his team is blown out or they are kicking a team's butt. If he can add a little more size while keeping his speed, then he can be an impact player at the next level because of his playmaking ability. His ball skills will help him succeed in the NFL as teams are starting to look create more turnovers over stops in today's passing league. As a rookie he can come in and start for a unit. Even if he doesn't have a designated position, as I said, he can be a weapon and should see plenty of opportunities during his first season. He can be an All-Pro player by his third season if he can have a fast translation to the NFL.
He has the ability to stop on a dime and change his direction with ease. Moves around easy. He is able to twist his body into position to make a play on the ball. Stretches body out. He plays the deep balls well and can track them down. I do have worries about speedsters. He explodes up into a gap or even bring it on to a blocker. He can make up small space quick. He does a great job at keeping his eyes on the ball while making an attempt for the pick.
Big Play Ability
He has past experience playing CB and can play in the slot. He doesn't allow easy releases. He keeps his man in front of him with his smooth back peddling then he will react to the throw. He has quality range ability which allows him to sit back and track down balls in deep zone. He showed that he won't give up until the play is dead and knocked out balls that were catches. He is fluid when he drops back into his coverage then flipping his hips to run with his man.
He makes up small space quickly and has sideline-to-sideline cover ability with his speed. He can be a playmaker at the next level because of his ability to track down balls for picks. He does struggle at times and can misread plays. He takes himself out with bad angles.
He flys up the field to fill gaps or will take on a blocker to help bounce runs or end them. He's a fighter and understands how to take on blocks so he can disrupt run plays or screens. He does a good job at wrapping up and bringing his guy down. Needs to break down more.
Engage with blocks
Even with his size he isn't afraid to battle with the biggest guy on the field. He is a scrapper. 41 games, 226 tackles (148 solo), 31 PD, 10 interceptions, 0.5 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR. Regardless of the score he was giving the same effort throughout all 4 quarters.
He does have a knack for understanding how to get his body in position for an interception. He appears to understand his role and what is expected of him. He gets in position. He continues to fight for his team while being blown out. He will go in for gang tackles.