At least one analyst doesn’t think falling out of a fourth-floor hotel window will cause Robert Nkemdiche’s draft stock to plummet.
ESPN’s Todd McShay was asked on a conference call about the concerns about the Ole Miss defensive tackle, who was arrested for possession of marijuana after he fell into an unfortunate shrubbery beneath the double-pane window he crashed through in Atlanta recently.
“Assuming that he doesn’t have any issues between now and the draft and assuming that what has been reported is the story and assuming there’s not a major dependency issue, my guess is we’ll have close to have forgotten about it come draft time,” McShay said. “Again, there’s a lot of ‘ifs’ in there, and I’m not saying it’s not a big deal or not an issue at all. But I’m saying if he does everything right between now and then and if everything checks out and there’s not a bigger issue out there, I think the talent will prevail.”
If the 6-foot-4, 296-pound junior leaves school after the Sugar Bowl, he’s expected to be a top-10 pick in this year’s draft.
And to McShay’s mind, it’s Nkemdiche’s size and speed and ability to disrupt pockets that will stick in the minds of personnel men, more so than the fact he FELL OUT OF A WINDOW.
“If he checks out with work ethic and there’s no concern at all with those other things, then teams will put it in perspective,” McShay said. “He needs to be smart and realize what’s at stake. If everything checks out from a work-ethic standpoint and an intangibles standpoint, I don’t think it’ll have any major effect on where he winds up drafted.”
Of course, there’s also the matter of the drug charges. Nkemdiche has denied he was using synthetic marijuana, and the cops charged him with the kind that’s legal in two of the cities the NFL does business in. While teams will likely say the requisite things, talent generally wins out in these situations.