Prospect Profile: Nick Speegle

Nick Speegle School: New Mexico
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 245 40: 4.75 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors the past three-years. Finished with career numbers of 91/12.5/1.5 as a senior.

Positives: Hard-working defender who's displayed a steady line of progress the past three seasons. Quickly diagnoses the action, efficient and takes good angles to the play. Breaks down well bending his knees, strong at the point of attack and wraps up tackling. Disciplined, does not take himself from the action and rarely caught out of position. Chases hard to get involved and tenacious running down opposing ball carriers. Forceful off the edge on the blitz. Adequate skills moving laterally and cutting off the corners from running backs.

Negatives: Tall, lacks a quick change of direction and has difficulty getting through the trash laterally. Stiff and slow regaining his balance off the initial block. Does not possess a great burst of closing speed.

Analysis: Stepping up his play as a senior, Speegle really flourished on the outside in the Lobo's three-four alignment last year. More of a two-down defender with marginal skills in pass coverage, he offers solid size/speed numbers as well as growth potential, which gives him possibilities standing up over tackle.

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