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Robert Nkemdiche shows off athleticism in Combine workout

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche spent a lot of time talking to teams about a December incident that saw him fall out of a hotel window in Atlanta and get charged with marijuana possession, although he said this week that he was drunk and got arrested because no one else in the hotel room was willing to “take the fall” for the marijuana.

That incident and Nkemdiche’s admission that he was “lazy at times” while at Ole Miss will likely hurt his draft stock. How much it will hurt that stock will come down to how much teams are willing to bet on his ability making him worth the risk.

On Sunday at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Nkemdiche showed off some of that ability. The 6’6″, 294-pounder ran a 4.87 40-yard dash and showed off a 35-inch vertical leap to offer a reminder of the mixture of size and speed that made him a top prospect in the first place.

Those traits weren’t in doubt coming into the Combine and they’ll have to serve as the counterpoint to the question marks surrounding Nkemdiche if he’s going to go at the front end of the draft this year.

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22 Responses to “Robert Nkemdiche shows off athleticism in Combine workout”
  1. mackcarrington says: Feb 28, 2016 3:57 PM

    Hopefully he’ll “fall” to Buffalo as a replacement for Mario Williams. This guy doesn’t have any more baggage than Iemkpali, Harvin or Incognito.

  2. firstdownbrowns says: Feb 28, 2016 4:03 PM

    if he is there at 32. go for it Brownies

  3. rayslover727 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:07 PM

    “Boards don’t hit back” -Bruce Lee

  4. skinsfan91 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:09 PM

    Redskins. Do it.

  5. tjacks7 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:11 PM

    His athleticism was never in doubt. He was the number 1 recruit in the nation that didn’t even come close to reaching his potential at Ole Miss. Then, his decision making skills are awful as we learned when he fell out of a window. So, you know he’s a guy you have to worry about in the offseason (and during the season because that’s when that incident happened). Plus, he threw his teammate(s) under the bus. And if that weren’t enough, he admitted that he’s lazy.

    Some team will REALLY have to talk themselves into drafting this guy high. I could see him plummeting. Many athletic guys flamed out in the NFL. I wish I owned a red flag store because we’d be sold out right now.

  6. corkspop says: Feb 28, 2016 4:13 PM

    Panthers……

  7. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 28, 2016 4:17 PM

    that looks like a future whodat!!!

  8. dwinsgames says: Feb 28, 2016 4:25 PM

    Could the flag be a brighter red? No motor, dumb enough to fall out of a window, then blames teammates. Pass….

  9. dg0122 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:28 PM

    He’s not 6’6″, he measured under 6’4″…carry on

  10. axespray says: Feb 28, 2016 4:43 PM

    The team that drafts him might have to hire a babysitter or something. Make sure he doesn’t do anything super stupid.

  11. Seprix says: Feb 28, 2016 5:17 PM

    With the 2nd pick, the Cleveland Browns select…

  12. tonebones says: Feb 28, 2016 6:14 PM

    This guy can only be drafted by an owner/GM like Jerry Jones or Mike Brown. They won’t fire themselves if the kid screws up. Come to think of it, the Bengals and Cowboys have a lot of players like this.

  13. jwm042085 says: Feb 28, 2016 6:28 PM

    Buffalo time

  14. tvguy22 says: Feb 28, 2016 6:38 PM

    He has a window of opportunity, so to speak.

  15. hahalolrofl says: Feb 28, 2016 6:40 PM

    Sure he is athletic, that’s the most obvious observation ever.

    But his mental capacity is probably naught as he has demonstrated and through his incredibly stupid statements. Like negative wonderlic score. Don’t take the test Bob! Just gets you more cred with Jerry Jones or retarded teams like the bungles.

  16. thepasswordis12345 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:20 PM

    At least we know who the Bengals are taking with their first pick.

  17. ivanpavlov0000 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:36 PM

    Nkemdiche’s behavior, attitude and maturity issues remind me a lot of Nick Fairley (a first rounder who wasn’t quite a bust, but hasn’t lived up to his potential). Questionable work ethic and other issues related to using good judgement.

    Guys like this are always a part of conversations that start like, “Here’s who they could have drafted instead …”.

    Definitely not someone I’d take in the first round and I’d be skeptical about using a #2.

  18. conormacleod says: Feb 28, 2016 7:51 PM

    Don’t ever draft somebody that admits to being lazy. The NFL is full of athletic freaks. What separates the good ones from the great ones is effort.

  19. vegasgreek says: Feb 28, 2016 8:01 PM

    the raiders should take him in the 2nd round if he’s there. in the first round pounce on reggie ragland from bama.

  20. guillotine06 says: Feb 28, 2016 9:44 PM

    The article neglected to mention his most impressive athletic feat. His ability to throw his 320 lb. teammate squarely under the bus.

  21. mlenenski says: Feb 28, 2016 10:41 PM

    He is one of those rare freaks who could/should have gone pro out of high school. Why doesn’t CFL take the top prospects straight out of high school so they can get paid and develop at the same time?

  22. joedirte says: Feb 28, 2016 11:52 PM

    He’s been hype since he held all college football under siege thinking he was the 2nd coming of Reggie White. If you take him expect underwhelming results.

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