Yosh Nijman

Virginia Tech
OL41

Prospect Info

College
Virginia Tech
Hometown
Class
NJ
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 7"
324 lbs
34”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.34
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
--
Seconds
 
Bench Press
27
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
114.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.07
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.5
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Nijman is the son of two natives of Suriname, a country in South America. He attended Columbia High School in New Jersey, and then spent one semester at Fork Union Military Academy, as some Tech signees do before heading to Blacksburg. Nijman started 2014 spring practices at defensive end, but eventually moved to offensive tackle. After playing in 12 games as a reserve in 2015, Nijman became the Hokies' starting left tackle for 14 games the following fall. He started the first eight games on the blindside in 2017, as well, but missed the next five games due to a leg injury. Nijman started 11 games at right tackle in 2018, missing two due to injury.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6
NFL Comparison
Timon Parris
Overview
One look at Nijman and it is easy to fall in love with the NFL frame and length. When he's on the move, he's fluid and can be effective on the second level. Upon further inspection, his body control is below average and his pass sets have major holes that could be challenging to correct. He's a developmental right tackle in need of extensive coaching for improved pass sets and greater consistency of aim with his run-blocking landmarks. If the coaching lands, he could become a Day 3 value draft pick if medicals check out.
Strengths
  • Enticing NFL physique and athletic traits
  • Has posted explosive vertical leap and weight room numbers
  • Tapered chest with good thickness through his legs
  • Has the ability to play with adequate bend
  • Typically out to solid starts in first phase of the block
  • Shows potential to create push as drive-blocker
  • Able to get out in space and make a difference
  • Connects with accuracy and force on trap pulls
  • Able to anchor down against power
  • Aggressive slap to eliminate defender's probing hand
Weaknesses
  • Missed three games last year and five in 2017 due to injury
  • Waist-bender into run blocks
  • Hand placement is sloppy and ineffective
  • Body control and balance to sustain is underwhelming
  • Grass-pounder in initial pass slides
  • Heel-clicking sets must be corrected
  • Leaves inside edge exposed
  • Slow to throw his hands in run game and pass pro
  • Unable to prevent rushers from getting to his edge
  • Plays with poor instincts and a lack of awareness against twists
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