Photo of Noble Nwachukwu
Grade
5.51 ?
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 268LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Athleticism is a family affair for the Nwachukwus (wah-CHOO-koo), as Noble's sisters ran track at Baylor and Texas A&M while his younger brother, Andrew, is an up-and-coming high school receiver. Nwachukwu didn't start playing football until his junior year of high school, but that didn't stop him from earning all-district honors in both of his seasons on the gridiron. He played in nine games as a redshirt freshman (five tackles, sack). Taking over the starting spot as a sophomore, Nwachukwu racked up 34 tackles, eight for loss, two sacks, and four pass breakups. His 1.5 sacks against Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl that year portended an excellent junior year where he led the Mountaineers with 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Nwachukwu finished his career in Morgantown by receiving honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after tying for the team lead with seven tackles for loss and topping the defense with four sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Agile and explosive. Bursts out of stance and plays with urgency. Rushes with early shoulder turn and generates some speed-to-power. Has quick inside move. Plays with knee bend and excellent pad level. Makes a point of exploding into blocker at first contact. Has cross-face quickness for disruption into gaps against run. Adequate contact balance and edge strength. Has power to battle through down blocks from tight ends. Plays off blocks and finds ball carrier. Heavy tackler who drives through targets. Has twitch to shift suddenly and spring into runners looking to elude his grasp. Experience standing and dropping into space. Stoic, strong and serious. Quiet demeanor off the field is followed up with aggressive one on it. Keeps motor revved to continue pursuit all over the field.

Weaknesses

Short and lacks desired length for NFL defensive end spot. Tackles with arm length can get into his frame and re-route his rush attack. Pass-rush production took noticeable dip from 2015 totals. Can get stuck at top of his rush. Needs to learn how to clear his frame more effectively when blockers latch on. Early arm extension into bull-rush hinders full power potential. Needs to add creativity to his pass-rush repertoire. Delayed acceleration in his change of direction. Takes him time to ramp up and chase quarterbacks when sucked up by early play-fake.

Sources Tell Us

"I think he's a stand-up rush backer. He's a really serious kid who is very dependable. His dad passed away before the TCU game and he went out and played his guts out before leaving to be with his family the next day." -- South regional scout for AFC team

NFL Comparison

Pernell McPhee

Bottom Line

Might be considered a "tweener" in some circles and certainly lacks the length teams look for along the edge, but his quickness off the snap and plus motor could allow him to play despite size limitations. He's athletic enough to play a stand-up role on base packages and then rush with his hand down in sub-packages. Can compete for a backup role early and has the talent to become an eventual starter.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.