DT Derrick Nnadi, Florida St.

6’1″ – 317 lbs. – 5.38

Was a regular member of the defensive-line rotation over nine  games played as a true freshman, then started an average of twelve games played in each of the following three seasons, serving as the team’s nose tackle. Has a very thick, pro-ready frame, although height is just adequate; looks a little bit bigger in the upper-body. Plays some different techniques for the Seminoles, including the zero-technique and one-technique, and projects there at the next level as well. Typically asked to two-gap and eat space in the middle of the Seminoles’ defensive line. Plays with an impressive motor and very physical on-field demeanor. Workout warrior whose weight-room strength translates to the field and represents his greatest asset as a player. Can be too much for some interior lineman to handle, resetting the line of scrimmage with his bull rush and drawing double teams. Comes out of his stance low, plays with leverage, and anchors well at the point of attack. Can drive blockers into rushing lanes to create congestion. Keeps blockers away from his pads with quick hands. Flashes the ability to stack and shed, with a strong grip and solid tackling radius. However, instincts/play recognition are inconsistent; doesn’t always flow toward the play direction. Has some balance issues and will end up on the ground more often than he should. Range in pursuit is very limited, not the type of defensive lineman who can be found chasing ballcarriers toward the sidelines. Remains on the field on passing downs. Gets off the line of scrimmage pretty quickly for a player of his size, with the ability to generate pressure as a one-gap or two-gap rusher on the interior. Typically depends on his bull rush to walk opposing linemen back into the pocket, but also works a swim move into his game with some success. Has heavy hands to ragdoll opponents and create lanes for himself. However, lacks the closing burst to finish his rushes with a sack and consequently some teams may rotate him off the field in some passing situations. A very thick, physical, and powerful two-gapping nose tackle with plenty of starting experience for a major program; represents a high-floor prospect who should be able to work his way into a defensive-line rotation early in his career. Will hope to follow in the footsteps of fellow Seminoles’ alumni such as Broderick Bunkley, Letroy Guion, Timmy Jernigan, and Eddie Goldman.

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