Derrick Nnadi NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (91) celebrate after sacking Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly (10) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Florida State won 45-34. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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—Short pass-rusher with a good first step and natural leverage at 6'1", 317 pounds.

—Natural anchor to play nose tackle despite smaller frame.

—Possessing an excellent work ethic and motor, he gives chase on pursuit plays.

—Knows how to use his hands to free up from blockers and is rarely stopped one-on-one.

—Isn't slippery in gaps but generates pressure up the middle by driving the center off the ball with a bull rush.



—Tested below NFL thresholds in the 40 (5.38 seconds), three-cone (8.15 seconds), short shuttle (5.02 seconds) and broad jump (96 inches).

—Likely a two-down player in the NFL, which affects his draft value.

—Scouts told us his poor combine and lack of pass rush could make him a Day 3 player.

—Shorter arms (33 ½") show up on tape as he struggles to split double-teams.

—Needs to learn to drive off the ball better in the run game.



Derrick Nnadi was a fantastic college football player, but he doesn't hit all the marks for tools needed to be an early draft pick. He's likely scheme-specific to a 3-4 team looking to add a nose tackle who can get a little upfield push if kept in on third down.


GRADE: 6.25 (Round 3)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Michael Pierce, Baltimore Ravens


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