Player Profile #80 – DT Drake Nevis

During his freshman season at Louisiana State, DT Drake Nevis impressed several upperclassmen. One of them was senior DT Glenn Dorsey. It was then that Dorsey, who would leave the program through the NFL Draft the next season and end up in Kansas City, proved his ability to evaluate talent.

“He’s going to end up being the best one to come through here,” Dorsey said at the time, referring to the wealth of defensive line talent that has migrated from LSU to the NFL over the last decade.

Dorsey proved correct, as Nevis will be the 14th defensive linemen to be selected in the NFL Draft over the last 10 years. Only once in the previous nine drafts did the league not select a big man up front from the Bayou Bengals.

“I took mental notes every time I watched him practice, play and work out,” Nevis said of Dorsey. “I’m very blessed to have played with Glenn Dorsey.”

Here’s the rest of his story.

FAMILY AFFAIR

Drake M. Nevis

Born – May 3, 1989 in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Family – Parents are Darrell and Vivian Nevis. Older brother, Darrell Jr. and one sister Brianne. Dad played college football at Nicholls State University. Brother Darrell played quarterback at Stillman College, where he was the starter in 2008-09.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, ½-inch.
  • Weight – 294 pounds.
  • Arm – 31.4 inches.
  • Hand – 9.3 inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 5.06 seconds (4.92 seconds at Pro Day.)
  • 20-yard dash – 2.85 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.67 seconds.
  • Bench press – 31 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump -30½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 4 inches.

HIGH SCHOOL

Nevis graduated with the class of 2007 from John Ehret H.S. in Marrero, Louisiana. It’s a public school that is part of the Jefferson Parish Public Schools, in the New Orleans Metro area. Ehret High is the largest public high school in the state of Louisiana.

Playing for head coach Billy North with the Patriots, Nevis earned Class 5A first-team All-Louisiana recognition. He was also named most valuable player of the New Orleans Times-Picayune all-metro team.

2006 – Nevis finished his senior season with 72 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, 25 QB hurries, 8 forced fumbles and 2 recovered fumbles.

2005 – His junior season was interrupted at the start by Hurricane Katrina, but Nevis finished with 80 tackles and eight sacks.

RECRUITING

Some of the most successful programs in the country had Nevis on their dance card in the recruiting season of 2006-07: LSU, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Mississippi, Nebraska and Texas A&M. Nevis made visits to LSU and Ole Miss and committed to the Bayou Bengals in December 2006.

COLLEGE

Nevis graduated from LSU in December 2010 with a degree in general studies. That’s him in the middle with a couple of his teammates that also received their diplomas.

He spent most of his college career in a rotation basis for the defensive line, or backing up the starters. He got his chance to start in 2010 and earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press. Nevis also won first-team All-SEC designation by the AP.

In four seasons, he played in 45 games and started 18 times. He finished with 159 total tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

2010 – started all 13 games and was first among LSU defensive linemen with 56 total tackles. He added 13 tackles for loss, six sacks, 3 forced fumbles and an interception. He was named SEC DL of the week four times. He had 7 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass broken up against Alabama.

2009 – played 13 games in a reserve/backup role. Nevis finished with 50 tackles, 11 TFL and 4 sacks. He picked up a safety vs. Alabama when he tackled QB Greg McElroy in the end zone for two points. In that game he had 7 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and the safety.

2008 – Nevis played in 11 games with 2 starts. He finished the season with 16 tackles and 5.5 for minus yardage.

2007 – as a true freshman, Nevis played in eight games with two starts. He had 17 tackles.

 

Year

 

G

 

S

 

Tackles

Tk. for

loss

 

Sks.

 

PBU

QB

Hurries

 

INT

 

FF

 

RF

2010

13

13

56

13

6

1

4

1

3

1

2009

13

0

50

11

4

2

3

0

0

1

2008

11

2

16

5.5

0

0

1

0

0

1

2007

8

3

17

2

0

2

0

0

1

0

Totals

45

18

139

31.5

10

5

8

1

4

3

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – Nevis is athletic, with good agility, balance and quickness. He has impressive strength and plays with leverage. Very good using his hands to get rid of blockers and has more than one pass rush move. Is very adept at splitting double-team blocks. Relentless in his pursuit, he’s intense, has a good football sense. He boasts good weight-room strength (535-pound squat, 475-pound bench), but he doesn’t always play strong or show it on the field.

Weaknesses – At just 6-feet he’s on the small side of what teams are looking for when playing along the defensive line. Nevis can get overwhelmed by blockers against the run, and he has a tendency to play high and can be contained by less athletic blockers.

Analysis – Nevis is going to need the right defensive system to shine in the NFL. He needs to be a DT in a 4-3 defense, rather than working as a DE in the 3-4. He’s not big enough to anchoring the 34 at the nose tackle. He had significant play time only in his senior season.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

An AFC scout said – “Glenn Dorsey-lite. I know this kid talks a lot about Dorsey and what he learned from him. You can see it on the field. I do not think he’ll ever be a dominant defensive player, but he’ll be a solid contributor.”

WHAT HE SAYS

On playing in the SEC – “They are big, strong, fast as well as smart. There was something at stake every Saturday. Every Saturday was like playing for a national championship game.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM

His father Darrell Nevis – “He’s a very humble young man. He doesn’t get on board when people say, ‘Do this’ or ‘Do that.’ He wants to be the best and to prove he’s the best, but when he got SEC defensive lineman of the week, he wasn’t talking about it or anything. It was just, ‘Thank you.’”

Former LSU teammate and Chiefs defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey – “He came in strong as an ox already, and Drake had the mentality that he wanted to work. He wanted to soak up as much of the game as possible. I just saw him working extra and doing the extra stuff even when he as a freshman, sometimes doing more stuff than the older guys. … He wasn’t afraid of hard work. One thing I really liked about him is he came in ready to work, no matter what.”

LSU teammate CB Patrick Peterson – “He’s so dominant, so powerful. He can do a lot of things the other guys can’t do.”

LSU head coach Les Miles – “Some guys you look back and say, ‘Oh, yeah, he just played. He was just a part of the team,’ or, ‘He had the best year that he was capable of having. I think that those guys who have that motivation, they continue to get better and better, really without regard of the year.”

DOES HE FIT WITH THE CHIEFS?

If Tyson Jackson fit with the Chiefs, then Drake Nevis should fit five times over. But as for drafting him early, right now he just doesn’t fit. Nevis is not a nose tackle type, lacking in size and bulk to handle the situation on the nose. Tangible intangibles are high with this Nevis; any team, but especially given what Pioli/Haley say they want, would love to have this guy.

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