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DE Robert Nkemdiche - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 294Born: 9-19-1994College: MississippiDrafted: Round 1, pick 29

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The Cardinals knew they may not be able to keep Calais Campbell beyond last season. In an effort to prepare they used their 2016 first round pick on Nkemdiche. Unfortunately his rookie season was washed out by injury so he missed the opportunity to gain much needed experience, and for the coaching staff to evaluate just how well he will fit. Now that Campbell has moved on there will be a great deal of pressure on the second year pro. Nkemdiche played tackle at Ole Miss where his numbers were less than impressive (41 solo tackles and 6 sacks in 29 games), but his skill set was not overlooked by NFL scouts. His combination of size, quickness and tenacity were seen by most as a great fit for a 3-4 end at the pro level. Nkemdiche certainly has big shoes to fill and the organization has shown a lot of confidence in him by not making any significant additional moves at the position. In fantasy terms there is plenty of potential but we must keep in mind how few 3-4 ends put up numbers like Campbell did. (June 1)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 49, 34, 45, 53, 55, 60, 60

Stats and Projections

2016 ARI 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 34 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 23 * * * * * * *

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