2017 NFL Draft
Scouting Report
Prospect:  Derrick Nnadi


School:          Florida State
Ht:  6'-1"       Wt:  312
Eligibility:      JR
Uniform:       #91
Position #1:      DT

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It is difficult to appreciate Nnadi's game but coaches, scouts, and opponents certainly respect him. The advantage of consistently bringing in top-10 recruiting classes is that Jimbo Fisher can put players in positions in which they can excel without leaving them vulnerable in others. Nnadi is a squatty, 300-pound menace to opposing offensive lineman. He may not have incredible sack numbers or monstrous physical characteristics, but he is as effective at stuffing the run as anyone in the country.

He plays with a very low center of gravity making him difficult to get under for opposing blockers. He fires off the snap with a strong punch that is often well-placed. Once he gets under his opponent he often stays on balance and very seldom gives ground, even against double-teams. His powerful lower half allows him to absorb power and hold his ground. This makes him a textbook one-technique or nose guard at the next level. Linebackers behind him will often be free to roam thanks to his ability to control the center or guard forcing the other to help as opposed to just chipping him and moving up the field. He is not on the field on most obvious passing downs, but when he is, he shows an ability to collapse the pocket by getting under his man and driving him backward. He also gives very good effort, often chasing plays from the backside and down the field.

Athletically, he is limited which is why he doesn't see many passing downs. He doesn't have a variety of pass-rush moves outside of just bull-rushing the man across from him. He also doesn't do the best job of disengaging, although there are times where his power does get his opponent off-balance in which case he does get loose. There is also likely little projection left to his game. In other words, what you see is what you get. He is a run-stuffing tackle that needs to be substituted on passing downs and kept fresh. In college, he tends to leave the field once every three or four series, and that will likely be the case in the NFL as well.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Chris Baker (Washington Redskins)

- Powerful lower body
- Good punch and hand placement
- Motor is always running
- Not a lot of risk involved with drafting him

- Doesn't offer much on passing downs
- Athleticism is solid but not special
- Needs to learn to disengage

Austin Smith
July 25, 2016

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