The NFL Draft has finished and with it there are now six former Seminoles newly-minted into pro ball. The number is higher than what many would expect considering the poor season FSU had, but the number also reinforces why 2017 left many fans wondering what was left on the gridiron.
Congrats are in order for Derwin James, Derrick Nandi, Rick Leonard, Josh Sweat, Ryan Izzo and Auden Tate. Here’s how each guy fits into the system in which they were drafted.
Loved this all 22 breakdown of Derwin James by Chargers DC Gus Bradley. Speaks to his versatility. pic.twitter.com/u1QaVwsUQJ
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) April 28, 2018
James was drafted into a perfect scenario for him. Chargers’ Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley was one of the architects for that Seattle defense which went to Super Bowls.
Derwin is the perfect piece to help solidify a defense that has many talented young defenders. The league is definitely switching to where the new base defense is what used to be considered a nickel – five defensive backs; having a person in your secondary who can cover and is physical enough to make tackles has got to be a priority.
Derrick Nnadi, 75th Pick Chiefs
Nnadi was an underrated player on the Seminoles defense. He’s a quiet guy and very physical against the run.
At only 6-foot-1 he plays big and stout and isn’t as bad of a pass rusher as stats would lead you to believe. In the past two seasons he’s had 52 total pressures on the quarterback.
Nnadi has a tremendous work ethic and it showed at FSU pro day where he moved very well on drills.
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