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Round 5 Selection: Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware

| April 28th, 2018

I watch way more Delaware football than I care to admit. Watch this pick. This kid can play and will be comfortably on this roster. From Lance Zierlein:

Overview
Nichols is a defensive tackle with decent athletic ability despite playing as stiff-legged as he does. Despite his 10.5 sacks over the last two seasons, there isn’t much on tape to suggest he will be an effective NFL pass rusher, but he does have some anchor against the run. Nichols showed up plus athletic ability as a tester and has been moving up the draft board for some teams. He needs to play with better bend to improve his leverage, but he has an opportunity to become an backup in the league.
Strengths
  • Effort level almost never wanes
  • Plays with good energy through the whistle and has hustle to pick up secondary sacks and additional tackles
  • Decent athlete with lateral agility to shuffle along the line and man his run fit on stretch plays
  • Feels pressure headed his way and shows ability to sink and brace against double teams
  • Can spin out of down blocks and re-engage in the play
  • Flashes hand quickness that coaches can work with
Weaknesses
  • Needs to play with better initial quickness at point of attack

  • Tends to pop upright after the snap

  • Plays with poor knee bend and leverage

  • Need to see more jolt out of his initial punch

  • Pass rush lacks menace

  • Will stutter-step and try to set up moves that don’t land

  • Below average at finding the edge as a rusher and is unlikely to generate quality bull-rusher on the next level

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  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    By far the Greatest Pick this weekend.

    • willbest

      You mean to date. The long snapper in the 6th is going to blow. Your. Mind.

      • CanadaBear

        Only if he’s from Iowa.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Damn I was really hoping you were right about a long snapper in the 6th.

  • willbest

    Excellent move. Now we can play hardball with Goldman and not give a crap if he leaves in FA

  • SC Dave

    Well, someone posted in the last thread about Pace findimg a defensive Howard in round 5.

    Perhaps a bit optimistic, but who knows.

    • That Guy

      Me. I’m dubious, though.

      Do we have the equivalent of HH coaching the Dline?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Absolutely not.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Read the report?

  • That Guy

    Fuck it, pace. Round 6: kicker. Round 7: LS. Round 11: Dent 2.0

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Why can’t NFL.com or ESPN.com figure out a way to give details of traded picks on their draft tracker sites? They tell you who made the trades but not what was involved.

    • CanadaBear

      Way too busy with puff pieces they have to get in. I was working out and watching it when the Bears picked in the fifth and at that point they had been talking about the one-handed guy for five minutes. Little did I know they were going to throw it over to other people to talk for another 10-15 mins.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        It is just sad. Both sites could be so much better, and improve the fan experience, by doing a few small things.

        • CanadaBear

          I really don’t know how anyone could sit through hours of that (unless you were drinking with buddies).

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I watched most of the 1st round. The other rounds I just happen to flip on the TV when Bears were picking. Pretty much lucked out when I turned it on.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Future HOFer for sure.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I was just looking at the Griffin brothers drafted by the Seahawks. They say they are identical twins. Can they really be identical twins if one of them is missing a hand?

  • bearfaninde

    WooHoo Go Blue Hens

  • Irish Sweetness

    We didn’t need a DT – much less one whose listed weaknesses are all required to play DT. Strange.

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