Editor’ note: Welcome to our 2012 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Scott DelleFave. Scott is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.
If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Scott and request he put a profile together. You can email him at email@example.com with a request.
The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Scott includes thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.
6′ 3″ 250 lbs.
University of Southern California Trojans
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Nick is an excellent athlete with adequate size for the position. He is a quick twitch athlete with an explosive element.
He has the ability to add more weight if needed to play as a down lineman in a 4-3 defense if desired. Moreover, he gets his hands up and into passing lanes when he is not going to reach the quarterback.
At USC, Nick relied heavily on his athleticism rather than learning proper technique. He does not jump the snap count and he can tend to be one of the last off the ball. He’s not as fast as advertised off the edge. Additionally, has no true plant foot resulting in a poor ability to anchor the edge against the run. He has limited rush moves and is very raw.
Nick really improved his motor this season and there are many who feel he could transition seamlessly to a 3-4 OLB role more so than the hand in the dirt in the 4-3.
How he would impact the Bills:
I would only see him help us if he slips out of round one and he is our second defensive end in as many rounds. If that is the case then, we are in full rebuild of the defense mode.
Anthony Spencer, Outside Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
NFL Draft Projection:
Late 1st, early 2nd round.