The latter stages of Nasirildeen’s Florida State career were marred by injury, but the New York Jets brought in the former All-ACC defender.
The New York Jets’ Saturday obsession with the secondary continued with their regularly scheduled sixth-round pick, as they chose Florida State safety Hamsah Nasirildeen with the 175th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Nasirildeen (pronounced Naz-ril-deen) was a second-team All-ACC member at the end of the 2019 season, finishing ninth in the ACC with 101 total tackles. Alas, a torn ACL at the end of the regular season kept him out of the Seminoles’ Sun Bowl appearance against Arizona State as well as all but two games last season. Nasirildeen took advantage of his limited time on the field, notably earning nine tackles and an interception in FSU’s December win over Duke.
“(He’s) just an incredible, incredible young man. He’s a competitor, and I love being around competitors and guys who are just willing to work, willing to invest in what they want to achieve and to make a positive impact,” Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said of Nasirildeen, per Brendan Sonnone of 247Sports.com, after he returned to the field in their penultimate game of the season against North Carolina State. “He is a special young man and definitely provides a spark for our team. I love being around him. He’s an inspiration to everybody in our program.”
Nasrildeen is a former basketball player and high school All-American, originally committing to South Carolina before reverting to Florida State. While he’s had some issues with coverage, his response to adversity and big tackling abilities should make him an attractive project to work with. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compared Nasirildeen to Foyesade Oluokun, a fellow former sixth-rounder who previously worked with Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich in Atlanta.
The Jets will next pick in the 200th slot of the 2021 NFL Draft, their penultimate scheduled pick.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags