Derrick Nnadi is a returning senior on the Florida State Seminoles defensive line. Read about his chances to be drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
College: Florida State #91
Position: Defensive Tackle
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- Third team All-ACC, 2015, media.
- Third team All-ACC, 2016, media.
- First team All-ACC, 2016, coaches.
- Injured an ankle in 2016, and ended up wearing a boot.
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Derrick Nnadi returned to Florida State to play his senior year. And, he will most definitely improve his draft stock for the 2018 NFL draft.
Why Derrick Nnadi should have a spectacular 2017 season
There are three things working in Derrick Nnadi’s favor. First of all, Nnadi doesn’t have to race DeMarcus Walker to the quarterback. In 2016, Walker had 16 sacks. That is more than one sack per game. Right now, DeMarcus Walker is a potential first round draft choice in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Because of Walker’s departure Nnadi is taking on a bigger leadership role in the 2017 Florida State Seminoles defense.
The second factor working for Nnadi to have a productive 2017 season is that he is lining up next to another future NFL player in Josh Sweat. Sweat is going into his junior year and may come out into the 2018 NFL draft with Nnadi. Sweat’s presence on the line will create opportunities for Nnadi to make plays during the season.
The last item working in Nnadi’s favor is the return of Derwin James. Right now, James is the top free safety on the NFL Draft Board. Having top cover like James will allow the corners to press more, creating more time for the defensive line to get to the quarterback.
If Derrick Nnadi plays to his potential in 2017, he has the potential to be a first round draft choice in the 2018 NFL draft.