TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Nasirildeen, the 186th overall selection, is the 201st Florida State player drafted since 1984 and the 292nd draft pick in program history. His selection gives Florida State 34 defensive backs taken in the last 34 drafts.
He joins Asante Samuel Jr., a second-round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers, to give FSU multiple defensive backs selected in the same draft for the 13th time, most in the ACC, and first since 2015. Nasirildeen is teaming up with another former FSU defensive back, Lamarcus Joyner, on the Jets’ active roster.
Nasirildeen recorded 234 tackles, including 4.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, four interceptions, nine pass breakups, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries in 39 games at Florida State. He led the team in tackles in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, as a true sophomore, Nasirildeen led FSU and ranked 10th in the ACC with 91 tackles. He made a season-high 15 tackles at North Carolina State, one of four games with at least 10 stops that season.
Nasirildeen was all over the field in 2019, recording 101 tackles, including 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. The second-team All-ACC selection was the first Seminole since 2014 with 100 tackles in a season and the first since 1990 with multiple games of at least 17 tackles in the same season. His average of 5.1 solo tackles per game ranked second in the ACC, and his 101 tackles were second among all Power 5 defensive backs. Nasirildeen made a career-high 22 tackles at Boston College and registered 17 tackles against Syracuse. His performance at Boston College was the highest single-game total in the ACC and second-most in the NCAA in 2019 and ranked behind only Dale McCullers, who had games of 29 and 26 tackles in 1968, on FSU’s all-time single-game list.
Last season, the Concord, North Carolina, native returned from injury to start the last two games of the season. He made four tackles, 0.5 for loss, in limited snaps at North Carolina State, his first game action in nearly a full calendar year, and then made a team-high nine tackles, 1.0 for loss, one interception and one pass breakup the next game against Duke. As a true freshman he made three tackles in his collegiate debut against No. 3 Alabama and had 10 tackles at defending national champion Clemson.
The 2021 NFL Draft continues Saturday with coverage on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.