Prospect Profile: Donte Nicholson

Donte Nicholson School: Oklahoma
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior college transfer who made an immediate impact upon arriving in 2003 posting 90/10/6. Totals included 72/3/2 last season as a senior.

Positives: Stout, run defending safety that can be an intimidating presence. Forceful up the field, takes good angles to the action and displays a closing burst of speed. Holds his ground against blocks, redirects to ball carriers and wraps up tackling. Explosive hitter who packs a wallop at the point of attack. Adequately reads the quarterback or anticipates the play.

Negatives: Late reactor in pass coverage and does not display top ball skills. Missed a lot of tackles as a senior and seemingly played back on his heels.

Analysis: After a terrific junior campaign in which many predicted he was a top safety prospect, Nicholson took a major step back last season. Indecision and poor technique plagued him, and as a result, he will slide out of the draft's first day. Best as a conventional strong safety or in a two-deep zone.

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