Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

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Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

Postby Pudge » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:53 am

LSU Senior
40: 5.06


Has a nice first step, which he uses to get leverage against the run. Can use a rip or swim to beat the center off the snap at the nose. Has a nice power move to push center into the backfield and can be disruptive. Has good motor and can make plays in pursuit. Shows good range, and shows ability to drop off into coverage on the zone blitz. Shows decent hand use to beat blockers. Able to win battles in short-yardage.


Struggles against double teams. Is not as effective when he plays away from the nose, as he has more difficulty matching up against bigger guards and tackles. Gets pushed back at times and engulfed vs. the run. Doesn't always show a great first step consistently to get upfield penetration. Not great at anchoring and will at times allow blockers to get their hands onto him. May wear down as games go on.


Nevis is a disruptive nose tackle that fits best there in a 4-3 scheme. He got off to a strong start this past year, with a dominant performance against Mike Pouncey and Florida, but as the season wore on he became less effective. Primarily a reserve his first three years at LSU, spelling nose tackles like Marlon Favorite and Al Woods. Started to emerge at the end of his junior season, where he had 50 tackles, 11 for loss, and 4 sacks. Started as a senior, and finished with 56 tackles, 13 for loss, 6 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. The rest of his career, he combined 33 tackles and 7.5 for loss.


He's a disruptor that shined going up against centers at the nose, but the minute you moved him away from the nose, he became a lot closer to average. If he goes to a 4-3 team that wants a disruptive nose tackle, like the Tampa-2 scheme tends to prefer, then he has a chance to be a very good player. He could develop into a more consistent and versatile tackle away from the nose down the line, but he's a bit more of a project. He has the quickness to play three-technique, but would be a work in progress there. The player I would probably compare him to is Brandon Mebane, who also has a short, squat frame, but is a good pass rusher and solid run defender. Nevis probably would need to bulk up for most NFL teams and get in that 305-315 pound range for them to really feel comfortable with him as a nose tackle. I think he'll be a good player, but it wouldn't surprise me if he only winds up being just an above average starter instead of a top playmaker. Early in his career, he'll work best in a rotation. I think he has the motor, strength, and potential to develop into a capable starter, but he doesn't seem like the type of guy that is going to put up elite production. He'll have 3-5 sacks, make a couple of stops vs. the run in the backfield, but I'm not convinced he's going to be a guy that creates mismatches inside. Playing him beside a good 3-technique player will make him more effective since it'll prevent him from being double-teamed as much. In the end, he'll probably be a good starter, but probably not an elite guy.


Nevis could play the nose in Atlanta and his disruptive potential beside Babineaux would be a good fit. The Falcons prefer their tackles to play multiple techniques, and again Nevis has the potential to do that, he's just so much better as a 0 or 1-technique nose than anything else. He would be a good addition to the Falcons rotation, but he's not a guy that is going to be a huge producer as a pass rusher or run stopper. But he has the potential to be a solid every down player that will in the long run probably be better vs. the run than vs. the pass. In conjunction with Babineaux, or another strong disruptive presence he would make a very good complementary starter.


Nevis flashes first round potential, especially when you look at his tape vs. Florida. But otherwise, he doesn't have the super measurables or versatility to really pop at the next level. He might be worth a look late in the first round, but his probably production at the next level is probably more in line with second round talent and value.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.5
Point Of Attack: 3.5
Quickness: 3.5
Pass Rush: 3.0
Motor: 4.0
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