Derrick Nnadi

Florida St.
DT

Prospect Info

College
Florida St.
Hometown
Class
Virginia Beach, VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
317 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.74
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Chiefs
Round 3 ‧ Pick 11
40 Yard Dash
5.38
Seconds
 
Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
96.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
5.02
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Listed at 6-foot-1, 312 pounds, Nnadi is not the largest nose tackle in front of scouts during the 2017 season. Few will outwork him, however, as he was named a third-team All-ACC selection, compiling 56 tackles, 10 for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 13 starts. ACC coaches named him first-team all-conference in 2016 after earning the team's Defensive Most Improved Player award in the spring. Nnadi started 11 of 13 games played, fighting through an early-season ankle injury to be credited with 49 tackles from the middle, 10.5 for loss, and six sacks. He collected third-team all-conference accolades from league media as a sophomore, starting every game (45 tackles, two sacks), following a true freshman campaign that saw him on the field for nine games (18 tackles, six against Georgia Tech's triple-option rushing attack in the ACC Championship Game). Despite his lack of height, Nnadi was considered a top 10 defensive tackle prospect nationally after amassing 33 sacks in his final two years of high school ball.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4/5
NFL Comparison
Javon Hargrave
Overview
It's hard to find "bad tape" for Nnadi. While NFL teams may see an undersized 4-3 nose tackle with limited pass rush value, I see a player with good power at the point of attack who can dislodge from single blocks and make plays. Nnadi has a good motor, active hands and enough pass rush ability to cause problems for blockers up front. Nnadi has the physical tools to play in one or two-gap schemes and has NFL starting ability.
Strengths
  • Robust build with burly booty
  • Low center of gravity increases leverage along interior
  • Possesses outstanding play strength and can chunk plates around in the weight room like it's nothing
  • Has good snap quickness
  • Able to attack gaps or read and react as 2-gapper
  • Keeps eyes peeled on ball-carriers
  • Can stick and shed blockers to catch runners darting through his gaps
  • Lateral agility and low pad level make him hard to secure and pin on move blocks
  • Productive tackler with good range
  • Leverages gap and works to maintain run fits
  • Shows ability to recover when attacked and dislodged from angle block
  • As a pass rusher, can counter from gap to gap when facing single block
  • Utilizes a swim and a quality slap and rip to attack the edge
  • Has lower body drive to generate some pocket push
Weaknesses
  • Despite his compact build and quality mass, is still undersized by NFL standards as interior player
  • Will get big-boyed at times when he's facing a wide-body with power
  • Needs to win early with his hands to stay ahead in the rep
  • Can still improve quickness to diagnose run direction
  • Base is a little inconsistent through contact and he will lose some ground against quality double teams
  • Pass rush loses steam when guards land a stiff, initial jab to start the rep
Sources Tell Us

"He's a good football player but I don't know what kind of impact he has in the NFL. He's not going to be in on rush downs and I don't know that he's a true disruptor. It's not that I don't like him but those kids of nose tackles have limited draft value." -- NFC General Manager

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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