Scout's Notebook: S Husain Abdullah

Rookie free agent Husain Abdullah is competing for a roster spot with the Vikings this summer. Find out more…

#39, Husain Abdullah, S
(5117, 204, 4.55-4.72) Washington State

Notes:  Born 7/27/85, in Los Angeles, Calif.  Parents are Yusuf and Sa'eeda Johnwell.  Comes from a very large family with brothers Abbas, Hamza, Esa, Salih, Mustafa and Musa, and sisters Hajirah, Aliyyah, Aisha and Sabriah.  His older brother, Hamza, play is a fourth-year player with the Denver Broncos.  Married (wife's name is Zhavon) and has a son (Jalaal).  Coached by John Capraro at Pomona High.  He also lettered twice in basketball and three times in golf.  Was golf team captain as a junior and football team captain as a senior.

College:  Redshirted in 2003 as a cornerback.  Moved to safety in 2004 and played in 11 games (primarily on special teams); recorded 26 tackles, one pass breakup, one interception, one forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.  Saw action in 10 games (starting 9, missed one game with a sprained left ankle) in 2005; recording 54 tackles, 6 PBU, 2 INT and one forced fumble.  Started all 12 games in 2006; posted 66 tackles, 4 PBU, 3 INT and one forced fumble.  Elected team captain in 2007, he started all 12 games and registered 93 tackles, 10 PBU, 4 INT, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.  Sociology major.

Recorded 1.50 10-yard dash, 2.63 20-yard dash, 4.63 40-yard dash,Husain Abdullah 7.07 three-cone drill, 32 ½-inch vertical jump, 9'-7" broad jump and 16 reps at 225 pounds at the Scouting Combine.  Did not run shuttles at the Combine due to a groin injury, but came back to post a 4.12 short shuttle time at WSU's Pro Day.

Note:  Due to his Muslim faith he will fast and then take IVs on game days to fuel his body.  During Ramadan, Muslims eat and drink before the sun rises, then avoid food and liquids until it sets.  Abdullah will awake early to eat breakfast.  The holy month (which begins in mid-September) is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.  Besides fasting, Abdullah also spends time in contemplation and prayer.

Pro:  Signed by the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2008 NFL Draft.

Positives:  High character, mature young man who is married with a son.  Works hard and takes the game seriously.  Disciplined and plays within the framework of the defensive scheme.  Nice size and ball skills.  Plays downhill on run support.  Aggressive hitter.  Effective special teams player.  Has NFL bloodlines.

Negatives:  Is not that instinctive and lacks top range and catchup speed.  A little stiff on the turn.  Better moving forward than in reverse.  Misses too many tackles.

Summary:  Improving player with nice size and ball skills but limited instincts and playing speed.  He will have to really stand out on special teams to enhance his chances.

What they said:

"Has shown improvement every year and is committed to the game but will have to make it on special teams to stick on a roster." - Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

"Bit of a 'tweener in that he isn't a typical centerfielder or in-the-box type.  Profiles as a backup in the pros." - Scott Wright, Draft Countdown

Other links:
College bio
Captain Q&A
5 Youthful questions
NFL Draft Countdown story
AOL video
Seattle Times story


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