Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
Position: Defensive tackle
Weight: 296 lbs
Ben Standig's mock draft for CSNmidatlantic.com: No. 16 to the Lions (1/15)
(Analysis of games vs. Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State)
Positives: Nkemdiche plays with violence, passion and power. He draws double teams consistently which opens up one-on-one matchups for teammates. Nkemdiche also has the power to split double teams so offensive lineman need to have a good base before meeting his power. At times, the All-Ameican looks like an NFL pro going against college kids. In addition to his power, he's an athletic freak. Nkemdiche can be fast off the ball when he wants to be but needs to show more consistency in this area. Ole Miss has even used Nkemdiche as a ball carrier on offense because of his combination of power and athleticism.
It's hard to block him with someone on the move. Nkemdiche uses a vast array of moves; I've seen him spin, swim, rip, and club. He isn't going to be able to over-power everyone at the next level so he'll need to develop a better understanding when to use these moves. I've seen him rush as a 3-Tech, 5-Tech, 7-Tech, 6-Tech, 1-Tech and a 0-Tech.
Concerns: Nkemdiche's work ethic is questionable. When you watch film, there are plays where he just isn't giving 100%. He doesn't always chase down plays after initial surge even though he's athletic enough to get back into the play. On top of that, Nkemdiche has a lot of red flags off the field. There are numerous stories and incidents he'll be asked about in player interviews. Some teams will hold this against him more than others. He may be drafted later than his talent level would suggest but it only takes one team to fall in love.
If drafted by the Redskins: Nkemdiche would play a 3-4 DE (5 Tech) and kick inside in sub-packages as a 3-Tech (he's strong enough to move in as a 1-Tech as well). That's similar to how Washington uses 34-year-old Jason Hatcher, who hinted at retiring followng the playoff loss.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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