2017 NFL DRAFT

Robert Nkemdiche, DT

School: Ole Miss  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Loganville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 294 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2341

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.872.84-28 35---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.862.841.6728 359'8"--

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Player Overview

Nkemdiche was lauded as the consensus top recruit out of high school and although he never quite lived up to that high-billing on a consistent basis, he showed flashes of dominance with an athletic and powerful skill-set for his size.

He split his playing time between defensive end and defensive tackle at Ole Miss, and fits several positions on the defensive line. His production is underwhelming (19.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks in 34 starts), but his impact was felt far more than what the box score says.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Trimmed, well-conditioned body type with broad shoulders and a muscular frame. Shows flashes of Ndamukong Suh with above average athleticism, using movement skills and lower body fluidity to skirt blockers and easily change directions. Can push the pocket with power and offers the versatility to make an impact vs. the run and penetrate the pocket to make plays in the backfield.

Plays low to the ground to beat blockers with leverage. Naturally powerful and has room to get even stronger. Versatile skill-set with experience inside and outside on the defensive line. Also saw snaps on offense and special teams at Ole Miss with one receiving touchdowns.

WEAKNESSES: Tends to play too fast and out of control, hindering his ability to break down in tight areas. Bad habit of turning his body once engaged to lean into blockers instead of consistently anchoring or using his hands. Gap integrity and on-field discipline need improved, selling out and losing sight of the ball. Unimpressive career production with only 19.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks, disappearing for stretches during games.

Inconsistent responses from hard coaching - does he want to be great? Off-field decision-making and accountability require investigation following multiple run-ins with the law.

IN OUR VIEW: After starting his career outside as a defensive end, Nkemdiche filled out his frame and moved inside to defensive tackle where he is best-suited in the NFL. Although he isn't one of the top-10 football players in this class, Nkemdiche is one of the top-10 talents because of his ability to get upfield in any scheme and penetrate gaps, but teams will view him as a high risk/high reward type of prospect.

COMPARES TO: Michael Bennett, DT, Seattle Seahawks - Statistics don't reflect Nkemdiche's impact, but, like Bennett, he has the versatility and athletic prowess in a big man's body to be disruptive in different ways.

--Dane Brugler, Rob Rang (2/10/16)

 
 
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