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Prospect Profile: Robert Nkemdiche

Defensive tackle| Mississippi| Junior

Height:6-foot-3 | Weight: 294 pounds

College Stats

2015: Started in 11 games and was named a second-team All-American; first defensive lineman to be named finalist for Paul Hornung Award (given annually to college football's most versatile player); first-team All-SEC; recorded 29 total tackles including seven tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks

Career: Named an All-American each of his three years (on the second team in 2015 and 2014 and was a first-team Freshman All-American in 2013); recorded 98 total tackles including 19 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks during his three-year career

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.87 seconds

Bench press: 28 reps

Vertical jump: 35 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches


Summary:On paper, Nkemdiche seems like an almost perfect player who combines quickness and strength with his solid 6-foot-3 and 294-pound frame. A defensive end in high school, Nkemdiche switched positions in college but still use his old moves to rush the passer. He is also stout against the run.

But NFL teams are likely to have questions about his production as Nkemdiche never produced the statistics expected of him. They will also have to be wary of his off-field issues. He was arrested in December after he fell off an Atlanta hotel balcony and was suspended for the Sugar Bowl.

Stacking up: NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks ranked Nkemdiche as fifth and third, respectively, at defensive tackle. Mayock initially had Nkemdiche at No. 2 before sliding him down the chart after the combine.  Daniel Jeremiah ranked Nkemdiche at No. 19 in his list of the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Multi-dimensional threat: Nkemdiche scored three offensive touchdowns in 2015. He found the end zone on 1-yard touchdown runs against Fresno State and Vanderbilt and also caught a 31-yard touchdown pass against UT-Martin.

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