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Nikita Whitlock | Defensive Tackle

Team: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 260

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Wake Forest NT Nikita Whitlock, who may switch to FB at the next level, "caught the ball well in rough conditions" at the school's pro day, according to's Gil Brandt.
Whitlock (5-foot-9 3/4, 251 pounds) recorded an amazing 43 bench press at the event, adding 4.82 and 4.86 second forties, a 33-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.34 second short shuttle, and a 6.91 second three-cone. "Whitlock’s pro-day numbers will have NFL teams considering a position change," wrote Brandt. "A team could bring him into training camp and make a fullback out of him. ... He will be an interesting experiment for a team signing him as a priority free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft." The Patriots, for one, have already worked out Whitlock as a FB. He could also be auditioned as a LB. Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:28:00 PM

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The Patriots are working out undersized Wake Forest NT Nikita Whitlock at FB.

Whitlock will have to play a different position in the NFL than he did in college, but the 5'11/260 pound defensive lineman is a very good athlete with solid hand use and excellent strength. Fullback and linebacker are the two likeliest landing spots.
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 04:20:00 PM

Wake Forest NT Nikita Whitlock recorded 43 bench press reps at the school's pro day.

Whitlock checks in around 5'11/260 pounds, so he is uncharacteristically tiny for the anchor defensive line spot. He does use leverage and strength well, however, but will likely transition to a different position in the NFL, possibly fullback or linebacker.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 01:05:00 PM

ESPN's David Pollack tweeted that Wake Forest junior NT Nikita Whitlock is a "must watch player" in Thursday night's game against Clemson.

Pollack is calling the game and has likely heard Withlock's praises from the team's coaches. At a stout 5'9/260, the junior is a tree stump, but continues to hold his ground with leverage and a strong base. Pollack calls him a "wrecking ball."
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 12:24:00 PM

Wake Forest junior NT Nikita Whitlock will miss Saturday's game against Florida State with a sprained ankle.

Whitlock is one of the more interesting player to watch since his extremely short frame is so unique for the nose tackle position. Head coach Jim Grobe appears to be favoring freshman Taylor Harris for the starting role. Nikita is best with leverage and positioning, so without him the Demon Deacon defense could be in for a different look.
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 09:59:00 AM