Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had to tell Nkemdiche to turn things down a notch or two after the first-round pick started to get overly physical in rookie workouts.
"He was killing people in walk-through," Arians said, according to The Arizona Republic. "I had to slow him down. It's a walk-through, and he bench-pressed a lineman already."
As far as early dispatches from rookie camp go, this would probably best be described as a "good problem." Nkemdiche is a strong young man who is looking to make a positive first impression. We imagine Arians was secretly thrilled to see his young bull cause some havoc.
Then again, Arians is a practical man and these initial rookie practices are non-contact in nature. Nkemdiche has to play by the rules.
"If I get fined," he told Nkemdiche, "I'm taking it out of your check."
Nkemdiche can afford it. On Friday, the former Ole Miss standout signed a four-year contract worth $8.8 million, including a $4.4 million signing bonus.
The rich got richer in the desert.