#33 DT, Drake Nevis (6’1 289 lbs.) – LSU Tigers
Versus the Run: Plays with good leverage and balance. Anchors well. Very strong at the point of attack. Violent hands and uses them often. Constantly sees double teams and is able to fight through them. Does a good job of fighting off blockers and locating the ball. Solid tackler. Makes a ton of plays in the backfield.
Pass Rush Skills: Explosive off the line of scrimmage. One of the best defensive lineman in the nation at shooting gaps. Shows an above average swim and rip move. Bull rush could benefit from adding some more strength.
Quickness (hands/feet): Above average quickness in hands and feet. Lacks lateral quickness. Has mastered anticipating the snap count and gets off the ball before most.
Toughness/Motor: Brings a lot of nastiness and attitude to the field. Plays with an reckless abandon. Has a non-stop motor. Won’t stop until the whistle is blown.
Intangibles: Hard worker in all facets of life. Won the LSU Jim Taylor award for leadership, and many more offseason awards.
Overall Stock: Drake Nevis is a very disruptive player. When you put the tape on, you just see this young man exploding through opposing offensive lines. He is not scheme diverse. He is strictly a 3 technique defensive tackle. This draft class is deep at defensive tackle, so I don’t expect Nevis to go within the top 20, but look for him to maybe sneak into the bottom of the first round. A team that is looking for a pass rush up the middle will give Nevis a serious look. He’ll not only bring a pass rush, but he’ll bring a nasty attitude, something that many defenses are missing.
NFL Comparison: Sedrick Ellis