Bilal Nichols

Delaware
DL

Prospect Info

College
Delaware
Hometown
Class
Newark, DE
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
306 lbs
33 3/8”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.34
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 5 ‧ Pick 8
40 Yard Dash
4.95u
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Bench Press
29
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A lightly-recruited tight end/defensive end recruit from Newark, Delaware, Nichols has grown into an athletic defensive tackle during his time with the Fighting Blue Hens. He played in 12 games as a reserve his true freshman season (19 tackles, two for loss). As a sophomore, Nichols only started one game but played more snaps than the first-teamer, earning third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors with 29 tackles, two for loss, and an interception. He began making more plays in the backfield in 2016, receiving a second-team all-conference nod (nine starts in 10 games played, 25 tackles, 7.5 for loss, five sacks, five pass break-ups, safety). Nichols moved to the first-team All-CAA squad as a senior, starting 11 games, posting 56 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, an interception, four pass break-ups, and blocking a kick.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Nichols is a defensive tackle with decent athletic ability despite playing as stiff-legged as he does. Despite his 10.5 sacks over the last two seasons, there isn't much on tape to suggest he will be an effective NFL pass rusher, but he does have some anchor against the run. Nichols showed up plus athletic ability as a tester and has been moving up the draft board for some teams. He needs to play with better bend to improve his leverage, but he has an opportunity to become an backup in the league.
Strengths
  • Effort level almost never wanes
  • Plays with good energy through the whistle and has hustle to pick up secondary sacks and additional tackles
  • Decent athlete with lateral agility to shuffle along the line and man his run fit on stretch plays
  • Feels pressure headed his way and shows ability to sink and brace against double teams
  • Can spin out of down blocks and re-engage in the play
  • Flashes hand quickness that coaches can work with
Weaknesses
  • Needs to play with better initial quickness at point of attack
  • Tends to pop upright after the snap
  • Plays with poor knee bend and leverage
  • Need to see more jolt out of his initial punch
  • Pass rush lacks menace
  • Will stutter-step and try to set up moves that don't land
  • Below average at finding the edge as a rusher and is unlikely to generate quality bull-rusher on the next level

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GRADE
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