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Nader Abdallah

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 292 | College: Ohio State
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After three years of not being a factor for the Buckeyes because of a poor work ethic and weight issues, Abdallah came on as a starter the second half of 2007 (19 tackles, three for loss). He continued his improvement throughout his senior season, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors with 33 tackles, six for loss and four pass breakups. Abdallah's family (originally from Palestine) lost their home and business in Hurricane Katrina. His life experiences caused a shift in his attitude and maturity that could help to make him a late-round pick.


Positives: Tall and strong on the nose, able to hold his ground against double teams. … Fair initial quickness off the snap. … Stands up his man and keeps his eyes in the backfield to find the ball. … Uses his hands well when one-on-one, keeping them active to prevent getting stuck. … Rips off his man laterally to pressure the quarterback or negate the cutback lane. … Improving hustle and chase during his senior year. … Has matured significantly on the field and as a leader.

Negatives: Not great in any one area, as he does not have great bulk, straight-line speed or strength. … Loses his balance when trying to change direction quickly. … Only occasionally gets to the quarterback, typically in "coverage sack" situations. … Plays with a high pad level at times and will get walked off the line. … Rarely bull rushes his man into the pocket. … Just over one year as a productive college player.

2008 Season

Rotating starter at defensive tackle and end … honorable mention all-Big Ten … 33 tackles, 6 TFL for season … 11-yard fourth-quarter sack was critical in the win over Purdue … TFL at Michigan State … 5 tackles in strong performance against Penn State … batted down two passes and had 8 tackles at Northwestern … recovered an Illinois fumble along with 2 tackles and a pass breakup … 5 tackles, 2 TFL vs. Michigan … pass defl ection and TFL in Fiesta Bowl … Attack Force award: Youngstown State, Wisconsin, Northwestern … Jack Stephenson Award from OSU coaches … Texas vs. The Nation all-star game … will graduate in March … second-year letterman.

2007 Season

Made significant contributions along the defensive line … 18 tackles for season … starter at Minnesota … sack and three tackles in the Wisconsin win … first-year letterman.

2006 Season

Added depth on the defensive front … saw action in four games vs. Northern Illinois, Texas, Cincinnati and Minnesota.

2005 Season

Played a total of 14 minutes in four games, including six minutes in the opener against Miami (Ohio) … also had appearances against Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern … lone tackle of the year was an assist against the Redhawks.

2004 Season

Was redshirted and played on the scout squad.

High School

Enjoyed a very productive senior year, recording 76 tackles, including 11 quarterback sacks, in eight games … Also had two interceptions and swatted down five passes … Rated the eighth-best defensive tackle in the country by Prep Football Report and the 30th best nationally by Rivals.com … Played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio … Led Archbishop Rummel to the state playoffs in 2003 and collected four sacks, two batted passes, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in a 7-5 loss to Shreveport Evangel … Was the first student-athlete from Louisiana to sign with Ohio State since Jonathan Wells.


Is the son of Younes and Izzieh Abdallah.


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