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This is the first part of our series with Hall of Fame defensive lineman Chris Doleman where he will break down the top defensive line prospects. After a review of video footage available, Doleman will give his insight into the type of player they are and can be.
For a kid his size, he has excellent speed in the open field and closing on plays. From what I saw, he's a player with a motor that always pursues and runs to the ball ... He doesn't take plays off.
What he could work on: I didn't see a lot of good use of his hands. However, at his size, with his talent and against High School players, he can get away with it. It's not a major concern. His coaches will help him with this, and his game will go to a whole new level.
His get-off on offense versus defense is totally different. On offense, he has great get-off. He knows what he needs to do and he hits it hard. On defense, his get-off is slower which tells me he's a little uncertain. It's like he's trying to come up and see what's going on before hitting full speed. His recognition could be better so that he's coming off, recognizing as he's coming off and committing.
He has to learn how to play with more body lean. By that I mean, in pursuit he can get himself into a reckless position when he should be more vertical.
Closing: He's a raw talent that has tremendous upside. He's going to be a great player and help a program right away.
At the next level, I can see him playing defensive end, maybe even tight end (if he can catch - the footage did not show this) because of his speed and great vision, but not running back. In fact, I wouldn't play him at running back anymore. He's so big, that no one will ever try to tackle him high or straight on. This will leave him exposed to people tackling him low and on the side. One unlucky hit and that could change his career.
Nkemdiche is a true talent. God has bless Robert with amazing gifts. If he stays committed to his craft, he has a very bright future in college and the NFL. I wish him well.
I love that he looks for contact on both sides of the ball, but I feel he's a much better defensive player than offensive player.
What he could work on: Adams plays a little out of control. For the most part, he doesn't use any technique and rarely uses his hands to keep guys off. It's tough to tell if he just decides not to use much technique because he is so much better than his competition he's playing against, or if he needs learn it.
Closing: Adams is a player that has great speed and loves contact. He reminds me of a young Warren Sapp. Put all that together with his size and you have a player any college would want. Whatever school he decides to go to, they're going to get a great football player with a lot of pure untapped raw talent to build upon. Robert is great and like Nkemdiche he's going to play professional football.