He moved to a different position before each of his four years in the Bronx, lining up at linebacker as a true freshman (34 tackles, 7.5 for loss, two sacks as a reserve) and strong safety in 2008 (23 tackle, pass breakup in seven games, one start). He finally earned a starting spot as a junior, and was credited with 58 tackles, four for loss, three interceptions, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Abdul-Quddus led the Rams with 70 tackles after moving back to the strong safety spot in 2010, broke up six passes and forced three fumbles. Without exceptional production or even an all-conference accolade, most small-school prospects wouldn't hit NFL scouts' radar. But his play during the NFLPA all-star game impressed scouts to add to his athleticism and versatility.
Positives: Fluid athlete for a safety. Stays low in his backpedal, won't let receivers eat up cushion too quickly. Good enough hip turn to run with receivers downfield. Transitions well, plants and drives to make a tackle. Willing hitter over the middle and in the flat, takes aggressive angles to the ball. Changes directions well enough to cover up larger slot receivers.
Negatives: Some teams may consider him a corner/safety 'tweener. Only adequate build for the position with thin limbs and hips. Tends to be late helping corners to the sideline in man-free. Lowers his shoulder often, going for the hit instead of wrapping. Relies on recovery speed against lower level competition, lazily standing up when receiver cuts. Takes an extra step in transition, allowing receptions."
Positive: Athletic safety prospect who is at his best defending the run. Breaks down well, strong at the point of attack, and wraps up tackling. Quickly breaks to the action out of his plant, physical, and works hard to get involved and make plays.
Negative: Marginally instinctive in coverage and does not show good timing or ball skills. Easily blocked from the action.
Analysis: Abdul-Quddus possesses the size/speed numbers to play at the next level and has shown enough football skills to be given looks in camp this summer. He must quickly pick up his play in coverage though, as he's often a liability against the pass."