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Robert Nkemdiche
DT #90
Height:
6-4
Weight:
296
Age:
22
College:
Mississippi
Hometown:
Atlanta, GA
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2016):

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1
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
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TOTAL 1 0 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2016 ARI 5 0 1 0 1 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • The Cardinals first-round selection (29th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, Nkemdiche was the sixth defensive lineman selected in the first round: DE Joey Bosa (3rd overall to San Diego), DT DeForest Buckner (7th overall to San Francisco), DT Sheldon Rankins (12th overall to New Orleans), DE Shaq Lawson (19th overall to Buffalo) and NT Kenny Clark (27th overall to Green Bay).
  • He was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and a two-time second-team All-America pick while at Mississippi. Also appeared on offense and scored three offensive TDs in 2015, two rushing TDs and a 31-yard receiving TD.
  • In his spare time, Nkemdiche likes to play the saxophone and bass guitar. He was invited to played saxophone in a band at Ground Zero, a club owned by actor Morgan Freeman.

Pro Career: The Cardinals first-round selection (29th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, Nkemdiche played in five games as a rookie.

NoteCARDS:

  • The Cardinals first-round selection (29th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, Nkemdiche was the sixth defensive lineman selected in the first round: DE Joey Bosa (3rd overall to San Diego), DT DeForest Buckner (7th overall to San Francisco), DT Sheldon Rankins (12th overall to New Orleans), DE Shaq Lawson (19th overall to Buffalo) and NT Kenny Clark (27th overall to Green Bay).
  • He was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and a two-time second-team All-America pick while at Mississippi. Also appeared on offense and scored three offensive TDs in 2015, two rushing TDs and a 31-yard receiving TD.
  • In his spare time, Nkemdiche likes to play the saxophone and bass guitar. He was invited to played saxophone in a band at Ground Zero, a club owned by actor Morgan Freeman.

Pro Career: The Cardinals first-round selection (29th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, Nkemdiche played in five games as a rookie.

2016: Played in five games and had three tackles, a pass defensed, one QB hit and one QB pressure … inactive for 10 games and DNP in one other … made NFL debut and had his first career tackle vs. NE (9/11) … inactive (ankle) for two games … inactive the next two games … recorded one pass defensed and a QB hit vs. NYJ (10/17) … DNP vs. Sea (10/23) … assisted on one tackle @ Car (10/30) … inactive the next five games … had one tackle and a QB pressure vs. NO (12/18) … inactive (ankle) @ LAR (1/1/17).

College: A two-time first-team All-SEC selection and a two-time second-team All-American, started 34 of the 35 games he appeared in during his three seasons with the Rebels … declared for draft following his junior season … recorded 98 tackles, 7.0 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and five passes defensed … also appeared on offense, rushing nine times for 34 yards and catching one pass for 31 yards … a second-team All-America selection as a junior in 2015, a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award (nation’s most versatile player) and a semifinalist for both the Rotary Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player) ... first defensive lineman to be named a finalist for the Hornung Award ... started at defensive tackle in all 11 games he played and finished third on the team with seven tackles for loss while tying for third with three sacks ... helped Ole Miss rank in the top three among SEC teams in tackles for loss (8.1/game), INTs (15) and takeaways (23) ... scored three offensive TDs in 2015, two rushing TDs and a 31-yard receiving TD, and blocked a field goal on special teams ... had perhaps the finest outing of his career against eventual National Champion Alabama with six tackles (three solo), a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack; named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and National Defensive Player of the Week for the performance … an All-America second-team selection as a sophomore in 2014 … started every game at DT and totaled 35 tackles with four tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass defensed … was a Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalist and was also named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List … helped Ole Miss lead the nation in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) and lead the SEC in tackles for loss (7.6 per game) … started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in as a true freshman in 2013 (six starts at DE and four starts at DT) and was named first-team Freshman All-American by College Football News and SEC All-Freshman by the league’s coaches … posted 34 tackles (25 solo), two sacks, two passes defensed and three QB hurries on the year ... also finished third on the team with eight tackles for loss ... ranked second among SEC freshmen with 0.73 tackles for loss per game ... also rushed five times for 32 yards as a running back and converted a first down on a fake punt with an 11-yard run.

Personal: Last name pronounced “kim-DEE-chee” … the consensus No. 1 overall recruit and top defensive end in the nation coming out of Grayson (Loganville, GA) High School, Nkemdiche was a USA Today, MaxPreps and SuperPrep All-America selection as a senior … a three-time All-State selection, totaled 41 sacks in his high school career … named the Gwinnett Daily Post County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after recording 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks to help Grayson win the Region 8-6A championship ... also rushed for 235 yards and 10 TDs on offense ... named the All-Class Player of the Year and Gwinnett Daily Post County Defensive Player of the Year as a junior when he led Grayson to a 15-0 record, Class 5A state title and a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today ... posted 59 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior while rushing for 528 yards and 17 TDs ... played in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl … parents, Beverly and Sunday, are Nigerian immigrants; Sunday is a cardiologist and Beverly is a politician in Nigeria, representing the city of Onitsha in the legislature … brother, Denzel, played linebacker and was his teammate at Mississippi … General Studies major.

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