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Drake Nevis to Indianapolis Colts: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Posted By Collin McCollough On April 29, 2011 @ 9:49 pm In Colts News | No Comments

One of the top three-technique defensive tackles in the 2011 NFL draft class, Drake Nevis often seems overlooked despite terrorizing SEC offensive lines in 2010.

Nevis, a 6’1″, 285-pound prospect from LSU, racked up 56 tackles, a team-high 13 tackles for a loss, six sacks and three forced fumbles in 2010.  The former Tiger was honored for his achievements by being named first team All-American by CBSSports.com and second team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp and Rivals.com.

Though not likely an every-down defensive tackle, Nevis has displayed the skills to claim a spot in an NFL defensive line rotation.  Nevis has good agility and burst and excels at disengaging from blocks, while also having a wide enough frame to anchor against the run. 

Ultimately, Nevis’ greatest drawback is his lack of speed and conditioning.  He doesn’t have the weight required to be an effective nose tackle, but he also doesn’t have the ideal speed to track down players in the backfield as a three-technique. He doesn’t currently project to be a great first or second down option.

Nevis should enter the Indianapolis Colts [1] defensive tackle rotation immediately.  Don’t expect him to be a starter, but expect him to rotate in at under tackle.  I’m not sure the Colts need to keep adding sub-300 pound defensive tackles, but he fits their defense.

Pick Grade: C+

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