Former Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche admits he made a drunken mistake, and the repercussions continue. Nkemdiche said he was drunk when he fell 15 feet from his Atlanta-area hotel room before a bush broke his fall in a widely-publicized incident that occurred last December.
According to a report by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, that episode has left NFL talent evaluators worried.
One scout said about Nkemdiche, “”He’s really a different kid. He may scare some people. He’s strange strange.”
A second scout said, “He’s got as much ability as anybody, if not more. Three-technique is his best position. He’s a little bit up and down, but his good plays are very, very good. But there’s some things that have to be answered and worked through.”
And a third scout commented, “His character will keep him off the board for us. He’s talented enough to be in the top 10. But holy (expletive), buyer beware on this one.”
Teams that have been snake bit by players with past personal character flaws of players may be taking more notice (See: the Cleveland Browns and Johnny Manziel).
Nkemdiche, who’s 6-foot-3, 294 pounds, started 34 games with the Rebels in three years. He was suspended for the team’s bowl game, a 48-20 win over Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl.