Thus far in their draft preparation, the Raiders have been very selective about visiting with defensive backs. Last week they visited with an under-the-radar guy, Central Michigan safety prospect Jahleel Addae. He was recruited out of high school as a running back, but made the switch to defensive back after his freshman year and became a three-year starter and a multiple time All-MAC selection.
Addae was, strangely, not invited to the NFL Combine and so had to rely solely on his Pro Day to impress scouts. He didn't put up eye-popping numbers, running a 4.68 40 time, with a 10-foot-4 broad jump and a vertical leap of 38.5 inches.
Measuring in at 5'11" and 195 lbs, Addae doesn't have the ideal size for a punishing safety, but he does have the fast-twitch reflexes one expects from a former running back and is a ferocious hitter in addition to showing tremendous closing speed. Judging from his game tape, he seems like a classic case of a guy playing faster in pads than he shows on the stopwatch. Jahleel compares his own style of play to that of Louis Delmas and Troy Polamalu.
The 3-year starting safety is a leader on defense, one who is always diagnosing the formations and making sure his teammates are lined up in the proper position and directing the flow of the play. He is well-liked by his teammates and seems to be a highly intelligent young man of fine character.
While he isn't a strong candidate for an early round pick in this draft, Addae did impress the scouts enough to perhaps garner a late-round selection or be a priority free agent. He may be overlooked due to CMU being considered a "small school" although that doesn't seem to be hurting Eric Fisher's draft position at all. Fisher's high profile will likely only increase the stock of the other quality players on Central Michigan's team, most of all Jahleel Addae.