Photo of Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Grade
5.14 ?
  • 5.02 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.67 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Fires out of starting blocks at the snap. Sniff direction of play and looks for gaps to shoot. Above average agility and balance for position. Plays on his feet and uses low center of gravity and leg drive to maintain his leverage against single blocks. Difficult to control him off snap. Able to call on additional power and improve position once engaged. As pass rusher, gets to the corner and keeps grinding to constrict pocket. Plays hard and pursues hard. Gives good effort each snap out despite playing for a struggling team. Blocked two kicks in college.

Weaknesses

Undersized and short-limbed. Loses sight of ball during penetration at times. Hard charger who gets going in one direction and struggles to right the ship and recover when play is behind him. Uses spin move to disengage, but it is usually too late. Missing burst needed to close out and tackle down the line. Gets fooled by play-action until it is too late. Relies on shoulder too often and needs to improve hands. Down blocks and double teams can crater him. Inconsistent body lean as pass rusher.

NFL Comparison

Caraun Reid

Bottom Line

Fireplug with a good motor and an ability to find gaps and drive upfield through them. He's missing the size and brute strength necessary to consistently handle himself in phone booth battle so he will have to play in a one-gap, upfield defense. He has the look of a penetrating nose who will have to start his career as a backup.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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.