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Drake Nevis

| | College: LSU
 
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Analysis

Pass rush: Good initial burst off the snap. Comes off the ball a bit high, but has good leg drive to push the guard back into the pocket as a bull rusher and has active, strong hands to disengage from blocks. Lacks the straight-line speed to chase down athletic quarterbacks, but has some lateral agility and good balance to keep his feet for stunts and twists.

Run defense: Classic 3-technique whose squatty, powerful frame and good quickness make him difficult to block one-on-one. Can get pushed off the line due to his lack of bulk, but uses quick, strong hands to disengage and has the agility to slide off blocks and make the play when the ballcarrier is near. Locates the ball quickly.

Explosion: Good initial burst off the snap. Has the lateral agility and explosiveness to split gaps and ruin the play before it has a chance to get going. Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter, though he has only one forced fumble over his career.

Strength: Boasts good weight-room strength (535-pound squat, 475-pound bench), though this strength doesn't always show up on the field. Despite his natural leverage advantage, has a tendency to play high and can be contained by weaker and less athletic blockers.

Tackling: Productive defender. Has a short-area burst to close, allowing him to make the play against quicker athletes. Generally tackles low and hard, wrapping his arms around the legs of the ballcarrier for a secure stop. Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter.

Intangibles: Was only a starter for one season (12 games). Only has four starts in his previous 34 games; two each coming in 2007 and 2008. Runs hot and cold. Seems to play his best football when he's pressured and has to perform well to earn playing time.

Career Notes

An outstanding player who stepped into the starting role at defensive tackle as a senior and continued the tradition of defensive line dominance by the Tigers … Earned first team All-America honors from CBSsports.com and second team All-America honors from AP, Walter Camp, and Rivals.com in 2010 … Became the sixth LSU defensive lineman since 2000 to earn first team All-America honors … Capped career with 139 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks … Ranked ninth in LSU history for career tackles for a loss (31.5) … Played 45 games during career, starting 18 times … In 2007, then-LSU All-America Glenn Dorsey said Nevis would be the next great defensive tackle at LSU and three years later, Dorsey was right … Graduated in December of 2010 with a degree in general studies … Invited to participate in the Senior Bowl in January of 2011.

2010 Season

One of the most dominating defensive linemen in college football in 2010 … Played and started all 13 games for an LSU defense was rated among the best in the nation … First among LSU defensive linemen with 56 tackles … Led Tigers and ranked seventh in the SEC in tackles for loss with 13 … Tied for ninth in the league in sacks with 6.0 … Added three forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries and an interception in 2010 … Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week a league-high four times in 2010 … Earned the honor in wins over Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Florida and Alabama … Named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week in 24-21 victory over Crimson Tide after he posted seven tackles, one sack for a 6-yard loss, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry … Had 2.5 sacks for 17-yards in losses and five tackles in win over Vanderbilt.

May have had best overall game in an LSU uniform against Florida with 4.5 tackles for loss (--15 yards), 1.5 sacks (-9 yards), seven tackles and a forced fumble in win over Gators … Had a tackle for loss that resulted in a safety in win over McNeese State … Recorded three tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble against West Virginia … Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second-straight week as he set a career-high with nine tackles to go with 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception in home win over Mississippi State … Started at right defensive tackle against North Carolina and posted four tackles and a sack for a loss of nine yards … One of the strongest players on the team with a 535-pound squat and a 475-pound bench.

2009 Season

Tremendous force in the middle of the LSU defensive line … Played in 12 games with no starts … Led all LSU defensive linemen with 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks … Had at least a half-tackle for a loss in nine of LSU's 12 games … Came on strong at the end of the year, recording 18 tackles, five tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in LSU's final four games … Had career-high eight tackles vs. Florida … Opened year with four tackles, including one for a 10-yard loss, in win over Washington … Had six tackles and a fumble recovery in win over Mississippi State … Sacks came against Auburn and Alabama … Sacked Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy in the endzone for a safety … Added seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a QB hurry against the Crimson Tide … His safety at Alabama was LSU's first recorded on an individual tackle since Early Doucet tackled the punter in the endzone against Arkansas on Nov. 25, 2005.

2008 Season

Played in a reserve role at defensive tackle and saw time in 11 games … Earned starts at left defensive tackle against South Carolina and at right defensive tackle against Florida … Concluded the year with 16 tackles and tied for fourth on the squad in tackles for losses with 5.5 … Picked up two tackles against Ole Miss … Finished with one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry against Troy … Recorded one tackle against Alabama … Tallied a season-high five tackles -- all solo -- including a career-high two stops for losses at Florida … Recorded four tackles in win against Mississippi State including 1.5 tackles for losses … Had two tackles versus North Texas … Registered a tackle for a loss of six yards in season-opening victory against Appalachian State.

2007 Season

A true freshman that saw action in eight games, with two starts (Louisiana Tech and Arkansas) … Got the starting nod in place of Marlon Favorite at left tackle … Finished the year with 17 tackles and two broken up passes … Against Louisiana Tech, finished the night with a career-high six tackles, including his first for a loss, and two PBUs … Had five tackles against Arkansas … Made his collegiate debut at Tulane.

High School

The top interior defensive line prospect in the state and one of the best at his position in the nation … Rated the No. 8 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Rivals.com … Received Class 5A first-team all-state honors with 72 tackles (17 for losses), 18 sacks, 25 quarterback hurries, eight forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles as a senior … 2006 MVP of the New Orleans Times Picayune's All-Metro team and a SuperPrep All-American … Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, New Orleans Times Picayune's Blue-Chip List and Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen … Recorded 80 tackles and eight sacks as a junior … Coached by Billy North.

Personal

Full name is Drake M. Nevis … Parents are Darrell and Vivian Nevis … Has one brother, Darrell, Jr.; and one sister, Braianne … Born May 8, 1989 in Thibodaux, La. … Undecided on a major.

 
 
Latest News
03/28/2011 - Best of defensive line prospects: Drake Nevis, LSU, 6-1, 294, 2...Nevis was the most disruptive SEC defensive lineman this side of Fairley in 2010 with 56 tackles, including a team-high 13 for loss. Nevis doesn't project as an every-down option in the NFL due to his lack of bulk. And when he added 10 pounds training for the combine -- disrupted by a foot injury that kept him out of the Senior Bowl -- Nevis was unable to prove he could move with ease at the higher weight, running a 5.06 40 and 7.56 3-cone drill. His 7.76 3-cone drill at LSU's pro day was even slower. Still, Nevis could prove to be a strong part of a rotation as a penetrating three-technique for a team like the Bears, Colts or Bucs. - Derek Harper & Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

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