Player Page

Robert Nkemdiche | Defensive End

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

Latest News

Recent News

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

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


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

In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche would offer "an exciting blend of size, power and athleticism" to the Raiders at the No. 2 spot.

"Should the experiment with Aldon Smith work out, the Raiders may look elsewhere but adding a powerful and versatile traditional defensive lineman to complement the former 49er and Khalil Mack would certainly add some teeth to Oakland's defense," Rang wrote. Rotoworld's own Josh Norris had Nkemdiche falling to the Lions at No. 14 in his first 2016 mock draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 14 - 3:35 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche "was a constant headache" in the opener against UT-Martin, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Nkemdiche averaged 35 tackles, six tackles for loss and just two sacks over the past two seasons, but we've never been worried about his production because he's constantly double-teamed. Nkemdiche blocked a field goal and had a 31-yard touchdown reception Saturday. "The overall athleticism, including fluidity, hand-eye coordination and balance to tightrope the sideline on his touchdown reception all speak to the exciting talent Nkemdiche offers," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 6 - 8:37 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche went off in the opener against UT-Martin, blocking a field goal and rumbling 31 yards for a touchdown off a play-action pass Saturday.

Nkemdiche, the No. 1-ranked recruit in his class, is so stupidly athletic that playing against FCS opponents really isn't fair. Have you noticed that we haven't even mentioned his defensive work yet? The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder shows "flashes of Ndamukong Suh" at defensive tackle, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. On that note, as an interesting aside, Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris slotted Nkemdiche to the Lions at No. 14 in his first 2016 mock draft. Opponents will double- and triple-team Nkemdiche all year -- as they have since he stepped foot on campus -- but he'll be plenty destructive anyhow.
Sep 5 - 4:45 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche shows "flashes of Ndamukong Suh" at defensive tackle, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"At his best, he shows flashes of Ndamukong Suh with above average athleticism, using movement skills and lower body fluidity to skirt blockers and easily change directions," Brugler writes. Despite commanding a ton of attention, the 6-foot-4, 297-pound Nkemdiche, still managed 35 tackles and two sacks last season, earning First Team All-SEC defense honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 3:30 PM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche's impact is not reflected in the statistics, observed CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang.

Why don't the disappointing statistics tell the whole picture? According to draft analyst Rang, Nkemdiche "faces constant double teams." The same could be said of almost any star defensive linemen, though, and if anything, it's a bad sign that double teams in college might be holding Nkemdiche back, given that he'll almost certainly face them in the NFL. Rang likes the 6-foot-4, 297-pound lineman's combination of size, power and athleticism, ranking him as the No. 7 prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft on his Big Board. The gap between production and perception might be larger with Nkemdiche than any player in college. Draft analysts simply love his tools.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 9:25 PM

Despite Ole Miss junior Robert Nkemdiche's mediocre stats, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter says "I don't know if I've seen a player who is as disruptive."

"I agree with SEC coaches that he's a first-team All-SEC performer, using his defensive tackle size (6-4, 296) and defensive end athleticism to disrupt offenses inside and outside," Reuter wrote. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris slotted Nkemdiche to the Lions at No. 14 in a mock draft.
Aug 15 - 11:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay noted few 297 lbs defensive linemen move like Ole Miss junior Robert Nkemdiche.

McShay notes Nkemdiche can still improve with his technique, mainly hand use and counter moves, but the defensive lineman showed a motor to chase down a screen from the backside in the highlighted play. The former top recruit has moved between an edge rushing and interior role. On the edge he is a speed to power player. On the inside, Nkemidche and with with a combination of quickness and strength that interior offensive linemen don't see very often.
Aug 5 - 10:19 AM

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper has Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche as the top underclassmen defensive tackle prospect in the country.

"The production totals don't really pop for Nkemdiche, but the athletic 6-4, 296-pounder is just starting to come into his own," he wrote. "He'll continue to improve as he gets a little bit stronger and plays more when 100 percent healthy." Nkemdiche was a first-team All-SEC selection last season after recording 35 tackles and two sacks while constantly dealing with multiple blockers. "A widely heralded recruit two years ago, I expect big things from him this season. (It's not easy to come in and make a major impact as a D-line tweener in the SEC, after all.)," Kiper wrote.
Jul 20 - 12:28 AM

When Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche is on, writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, "there's nobody better at the position."

You can probably guess where Brown estimates Nkemdiche's upcoming motivation by ranking him as the best defensive tackle in the class. "Consistency remains an issue with Nkemdiche, but otherwise he's on the verge of becoming, as advertised, the No. 1 overall recruit from the class of 2013," Brown wrote. "He shifted inside from defensive end to tackle as a freshman, although he has the versatility to line up anywhere up front for the Rebels." Nkemdiche was named to the first-team All-SEC defense last season after recording 35 tackles and two sacks (despite persistent double teams). "He's a powerful athlete at 6-foot-4, 296 pounds, combining strength and quickness to get off the line in a hurry and generate pressure up the middle," Brown wrote. "He's clearly flashed big-time potential and opens the door for teammates to make plays around him." Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris slotted Nkemdiche to the Lions at No. 14 in a mock draft.
Jul 14 - 12:57 AM

Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche "plays with exceptional athleticism and runs with the fluidity of a defensive end," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein observes.

"He plays with exceptional athleticism and runs with the fluidity of a defensive end. His ability to attack the gaps helps to frustrate linemen who are slow off the snap and his lateral quickness is what helps make the Ole Miss stunts so tough to deal with," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder was First Team All-SEC defense last season. Despite commanding a ton of attention, Nkemdiche still recorded 35 tackles and two sacks in 2014.
Jul 2 - 2:55 PM ranks Ole Miss junior DL Robert Nkemdiche as the No. 5 overall prospect.

The site is obviously very familiar with Nkemdiche, who they ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the country coming out of high school. "This is a naturally strong and powerful defensive lineman best suited to play defensive tackle in a 4-3 or the ideal defensive end in a 3-4 scheme," Jamie Newberg wrote. "Nkemdiche is the leanest 285-pound lineman you will ever lay eyes on. He gets off the ball well and simply overpowers the opposition. He has good athleticism and speed for a big man but he will never be confused for a fast, twitchy edge rusher. Nkemdiche can stun blockers with his initial jolt." For some of these reasons, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Nkemdiche will receive comparisons to Leonard Williams. "Nkemdiche is still a work in progress as he continies to learn the game and develop more technique," wrote Newberg. "He's sneaky athletic and actually played some running back in high school. There's no doubt Nkemdiche was one of the greatest hig
May 16 - 11:32 PM