Too often his hands end up outside the shoulders of opposing linemen where they can get into his frame and dictate to him on contact. Can be pushed around once someone is able to get their hands on him and although he does display a nasty chop from time to time used to disengage, for the most part he just tries to drive his way toward the action, but lacks the power or pad level to quickly get there.
Displays above-average anchor strength for his size and when he keeps his pad level down he can really let go of a powerful, compact punch and really jolt linemen on contact. However, he isn’t real long-armed and for the most part offensive guards are able to get into his frame and seal him from the football inside. Gets too upright at times off the snap in obvious run situations and can be driven off the football and/or sealed from the action inside easily vs. any kind of additional attention.
Impression: A limited interior lineman who does have some natural explosion off the snap and pop on contact and should be able make an NFL roster. But is limited to more of a one-gap scheme and will be on only a number of draft boards because of it."
Negatives: Undersized, only 285 lbs., may not have the size to hold up at the next level... Would be best to add 15-20 lbs... Can struggle to hold up once linemen gets into his frame... Lateral movement is below average... Not a great finisher... Lacks range... Not much of a bull rusher... Developing as a pass rusher... Had only started four games in his first three seasons... Not much of a fit anywhere along a three-man front, pretty much limited to 4-3 scheme."
Nevis is an athletic interior lineman who can disrupt all kinds of offensive action in the middle of the field. He has been clocked as fast as 4.97 in the 40-yard dash and he uses that speed from start to finish on every play. He has to, after all, because he lacks the size of others at his position, especially NFL guys. Nevis stands at just 6'1'' and 285 pounds. He is strong and powerful, but he will have to put on size without giving away speed if he wants to go toe to toe with NFL offensive linemen. We'll know more about Nevis at the combine, but for now he is helping his draft stock and should garner second-round consideration."
Strong 1st Round candidate!!
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