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Robert Nkemdiche | Defensive End

Team: Mississippi Rebels
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 297

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Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche "has looked dominant at times this season" and "projects as a top 25 pick," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.
"He splits double team blocks on the inside while also showing the agility and speed necessary to rush off the edge," Pauline wrote. The Ole Miss prospect has drawn comparisons to the likes of Ndamukong Suh. Our own Josh Norris believes he is the No. 1 defensive linemen in the 2016 class. Nov 20 - 3:41 PM

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NFL Media's Chad Reuter believes Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche's "NFL production will greatly outpace his collegiate numbers."

This is a rather safe prediction. Nkemdiche has only 22 tackles, 5.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks this year, but he's schemed against on almost every play, with a steady dose of double- and triple-teams. "His explosive first step and ability to push guards and tackles into the backfield allow him to affect plays, without receiving statistical credit, on a regular basis," Reuter wrote. "Whenever he moves on to the NFL, he'll see more time outside the tackle and fewer double-teams, especially if he is fortunate enough to play with Pro Bowl-level talent up front. That means his NFL production will greatly outpace his collegiate numbers." The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder has drawn comparisons to Ndamukong Suh. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks him as the No. 1 defensive linemen in the 2016 class.
Nov 11 - 9:34 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche as the No. 1 defensive linemen in the 2016 class.

Norris separates edge rushers and defensive linemen, so Nkemdiche and Joey Bosa are in separate groupings (Bosa is the No. 1 edge rusher). "Nkemdiche fits an upfield, explosive style of interior defensive linemen," Norris wrote. "He would have to move further away from the center if he gets drafted to a two gapping team, but his skills would be maximized in a one gap scheme. Nkemdiche can be highly disruptive." The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder has drawn comparisons to Ndamukong Suh.
Source: Rotoworld
Nov 6 - 4:02 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche is expected to play in Saturday's game against Auburn after sitting out due to a concussion.

"Rob’s cleared to go. As long as he doesn’t have anymore symptoms, he’s looked good both days of practice. He’s ready to go," head coach Hugh Freeze said. Nkemdiche sat out last week's contest against Texas A&M after waking up the morning of the game with headaches. Nkemdiche still has not practiced very much, but expect him to slide right back into the starting lineup in what should be a blowout win.
Source: Scout
Oct 29 - 10:31 AM

Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze said junior DL Robert Nkemdiche woke up with headaches on Saturday and is unlikely to play against Texas A&M.

All signs pointed to Nkemdiche playing, as he was cleared during the concussion protocol and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack stated the star defensive line would be active. However, this latest update was unplanned. Ole Miss plays Auburn next.
Oct 24 - 6:18 PM

Ole Miss DC Dave Wommack confirmed junior DL Robert Nkemdiche passed concussion protocol and will play Saturday against Texas A&M, according to beat writer Richard Cross.

Nkemdiche suffered the concussion while carrying the football on offense, and head coach Hugh Freeze stated the package is still part of the playbook. However, don't expect to see the star defensive lineman on offense. Expect Ole Miss to attempt to recreate what Alabama did against the Aggies, where pressuring the quarterback led to three interceptions. Nkemdiche is a critical piece to accomplishing that.
Oct 23 - 9:37 AM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche (concussion) has not been cleared for Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze announced that news to the media on Wednesday, so obviously his star still has time to recover. Nkemdiche suffered the head injury in the second quarter of Saturday's loss to Memphis. "He's still in the concussion protocol, and that's really all I can say," Freeze said during the SEC's weekly coaches teleconference. "I'm not sure if everyone's is the same throughout the country, but ours begins on Monday and usually, if things go well, they wind up on Thursday or Friday. That's what we hope and anticipate." Though Nkedmiche was injured on an offensive play, Freeze won't necessarily stop using him in that manner. "The package is in, and it's just a matter of whether we decide to use it or not," Freeze said. "We'll wait and see if he's cleared before we make that decision. It was definitely a freak deal and that can happen on any play, of course. The way his head hit the ground certainly caused that."
Oct 22 - 8:38 PM

Updating a previous item, Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche officially suffered a concussion against Memphis

Nkemdiche suffered the concussion while carrying the ball after lining up at fullback. The Rebels have worked Nkemdiche into some offensive sets and he has found the endzone. However, it has to be disappointing to suffer this type of injury when his larger impact is on defense. Ole Miss is currently down 31-14 to Memphis.
Oct 17 - 2:16 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche suffered a head injury while he was tackled by a Memphis defender.

Nkemdiche has been used as a short yardage fullback this season, earning multiple carries and receptions. He looked dazed after today's hit and took some time before getting to his knees and slowly walking off with trainers. He has not yet returned to the game.
Oct 17 - 1:32 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche is now CBS Sport's Rob Rang's No. 1 prospect on his big board.

"He moves like a man 50 pounds lighter than he is, showing terrific burst and agility to go along with power. With the possible exception of LSU true sophomore running back Leonard Fournette, Nkemdiche has been the nation's best player this season," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 296-pound Nkemdiche's production has been down, but it's hard to blame him, when he's been drawing double and triple-teams. Nkemdiche has still shown the ability to be disruptive, while displaying freakish athleticism for a man of his size.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 9 - 4:01 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche is now the No. 1 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

He surpassed Joey Bosa, who is now No. 2. "Great size, great burst, great versatility, and great at disrupting," Kiper wrote. "He explodes off the snap like a guy 40-50 pounds lighter. And Nkemdiche isn't just quick; he also has strength at the point and doesn't get eaten up by double-teams. If he stays healthy he'll end up in the top five." The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder has drawn comparisons to Ndamukong Suh.
Source: ESPN
Oct 8 - 5:09 PM

Against Alabama on Saturday, Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche "showed why NFL evaluators covet his scheme-versatility and complete game as a disruptive force who can make splash plays but also eat up blocks."

The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder had only one TFL and no sacks combined against UT-Martin and Fresno State (though he was ridiculously disruptive anyway) before posting 6 tackles with a shared sack versus the Crimson Tide. "He has the strength to hold the point of attack, the quickness to blow by blockers and make plays in the backfield and the lateral quickness and open-field speed to run down the play," Kiper wrote. "He's a top-five talent and anyone who stayed awake for Bama-Ole Miss is up to speed."
Sep 22 - 5:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche's "versatility" would be valued by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and mocks him to the Jaguars with the No. 4 selection.

"The Jaguars' coaching staff and front office value versatility on the defensive line and Nkemdiche offers just that with his athletic ability to line up inside as a three technique or outside at end. He isn't yet a polished product, but his potential is enticing," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 296-pound Nkemdiche led the Rebels with 6 tackles and 1/2 a sack in their big win over the Crimson Tide this weekend.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 21 - 2:31 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche's matchup against Alabama on Saturday will be telling, postulates ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay's No. 3 overall prospect has posted only one TFL and no sacks across two games against UT Martin and Fresno State, but his impact is measured more in double- and triple-teams than stats alone. "The Rebels will need all the disruption they can get against an Alabama offense that averages 6.03 yards per rush (16th in the FBS)," McShay wrote. "This will be a good test for Nkemdiche, who entered the season needing to refine his technique a bit. At 6-foot-4, 296 pounds, he has the size and power to fight through double teams, which he figures to see plenty of in Tuscaloosa on Saturday."
Sep 18 - 4:40 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that scouts want to see Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche "translate that freakish ability into more production in the backfield."

The draft analyst believes Nkemdiche is "due for a break-out game and the Rebels need him to be productive in this match-up against an Alabama offensive line that has some weak spots." The 6-foot-4, 296-pound Nkemdiche has been drawing heavy attention these days, as teams are double or even triple-teaming the Ole Miss defender. However, the Ole Miss prospect must continue to show he can be a disruptive force to improve on his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 2:04 PM