2021 Sixth-Round Pick: Hamsah Nasirildeen


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Brian Costello, New York Post: Hey, Hamsah, congratulations. I know you played safety at Florida State, but I saw the Jets have you listed at linebacker. Is that something you talked about with a lot of teams about kind of moving into a linebacker role?

Yes, sir. I talked to the coach and linebacker coach and everything. He just asked me about how I felt about it and just how I felt about just coming down to the box and I told him it was all good.

 

(follow-up) How do you feel like your skills translate to that?

I feel like playing in the box is my best part of my game. So, I feel like it’s going to translate well.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: Obviously, your knee injury probably played a role when you falling a little bit in the draft. I mean, how much of a steel do you think the Jets got here in the sixth round with you?

You know me. I like myself, so I feel like the Jets just has got a first round of talent with myself and the way I’m coming to work I feel like they got a dog mentally, so I feel like they definitely got one. But you know, I’m not worried about really where I go in this whole process. I just want to go out there and show everybody what I can do. Show everybody what type of player I am, what type of man I am, and just let everything play how it’s supposed to. I definitely feel like my knee played a part in that though.

 

Connor Hughes, The Athletic: How are you physically? Are you a hundred percent? Is it something where you’re still doing a little bit of rehab? I mean, how are you feeling health-wise?

I definitely still do exercises and rehab activities, but as far as going out and doing things, I’m a 100 percent, I go do everything. When we start camp or practice, I’m ready to go.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: Hamsah, could you just describe your playing style?

I’d say fast and physical. Just hard hitting, on the ball, just everything you want in a football player.

 

Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential: Is there a transition for linebacker or do you feel like you already have the skill set of a linebacker?

I feel like the skills are there as far as doing it. I feel like everybody is going to get better with reps at anything, no matter what you do. So, I definitely feel like I’m going to get better, but I feel like the skills are there and now it’s just as far as getting an understanding of what I got to do, playing fast.

 

J.P. Pelzman, Forbes: How difficult was your rehab and how determined has that made you as far as making it now?

Being removed from football for a long time that’s probably like one of the hardest things that I had to do, being that football was always something that you can come back to and fall on as an athlete. So, just being removed from that for so long was definitely tough, but I feel like just the process of gradually getting back and it’s like nothing’s overnight, I feel like that process just made me more mature. It made me a better person. So, I appreciate it.

 

Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential: Do you think with all the great tight ends in the NFL, your length and height makes you a good match up for those guys?

Absolutely.