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Troy Nolan (S)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 207
College: Arizona State
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: El Camino Real
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Selected by: Houston Texans
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 14 (223)
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Pick Analysis: Nolan runs well and does have some ball skills. Arizona State's struggles last year affected Nolan, but he's a good player. To get him in the seventh round is good value for his speed and skill level.
  1. Overview
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Overview

Nolan was forced to redshirt in 2006 after suffering a knee injury in only his third practice with the Sun Devils. Returned to the field in 2007, when he left little doubt about his athleticism, starting all 13 games and leading the team with six interceptions -- two of which he returned for a touchdown. Nolan's propensity for making the big play showed up again in 2008, as he picked off another four passes and returned two of them (along with a fumble) to give him five defensive touchdowns in only two seasons of Pac-10 play. If he can improve on his marginal 40 time, Nolan could emerge as one of the hotter safety prospects in this draft.


Junior College

A 2005 graduate of the College of the Canyons in Santa Clara, Calif...Named All-Western States Conference first-team on defense in 2005...Led College of the Canyons to the National Championship, the Western States Conference Championship and the California State Championship in 2004...Also led the College of the Canyons to the Western States Conference Championship in 2005...Coached by Chuck Lyon.


High School

Graduated from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, Calif...named first-team All-West Valley Conference on defense in 2003 and second-team on offense...was the Most Valuable Player of the West Valley Conference in 2003...named second-team All-West Valley Conference on defense in 2003 and first-team on offense...named the El Camino Real High defensive Player of the Year in football in 2003...captained the football team in 2003...lettered in football, basketball, track and field and soccer.


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Analysis

Positives: Good size. ... Standout player both years of Pac-10 competition. ... Ball hawk at free safety. ... Willing to bait quarterbacks and can make the big play. ... Reads the quarterback's eyes and gets a good break on the ball. ... Better field speed than timed speed in coverage. ... Can time his leaps. ... Good hands for the interception. ... Good agility to avoid blocks and come up to support the run. ... Heavy hitter willing to throw his body into the pile.


Negatives: Has to prove the straight-line speed to be effective as a free safety in the NFL. ... Despite size, ducks his head too often when taking on blocks and can lose track of the ball. ... Overaggressive. ... Can put his defense in a tough position by overrunning the action. ... Takes questionable angles to the ball. ... Medical check on 2006 knee injury.


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