Saints sign Deatrick Nichols, XFL interception leader (merged) (2 Viewers)

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4.32-4.36 40
10’7” broad
37” vert

The athletic traits are there. Has a nose for the ball with WR hands. Obviously in the XFL because he needs more development, but could be a sneaky good signing down the line.
 

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Special Teamer. I can't wait for SuperKids review seriously. From my naked eye I see crappy instincts, but, really good reactions. (make sense?) He's around the ball, keeps his head up and is opportunistic.
I just finished watching 2 tapes of him, one was his XFL game with the Houston Roughnecks vs. the Dallas Renegades. Second game film I went to his USF college game in 2017.

Just some humble takeaways:

Background: Height 5'11. Weight 189 lbs.
College: 4 years Southern Florida.
Undrafted 2018, one season with tbe Arizona Cardinals.

Ball skills, he has really good Zone instincts. Breaking on passes while looking back at the QB, finished his collegiate career with 11 interceptions at USF. He's pretty comfortable in off coverage, and shows good quickness and closing burst attacking downhill to close on screens and hitches.

He's pretty much your proto-typical Slot as far as size goes, some concerns were there weren't many instances of him being matched up in straight Man coverage that I could see.

In the XFL game vs Dallas he picked off Landry Jones twice, one was a tipped pass off the WR hands that bounced right to him... but his Second Interception he was the Flat Defender and read Landry's eyes perfectly and drifted off his route back inside to the middle of the field and displayed great hands coming down with an Interception.


If he wins a spot on the roster in camp, pre-season he could be a serviceable 4th, 5th Corner.. who would back-up CGJ in the Slot. He would fit really well when playing zone as I think he's ideal as a guy who would be an Over-hang Defender in Nickel/Dime, or playing underneath in Cover-2 . If he shows he can cover Kicks that would help his case a lot.
 

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I just finished watching 2 tapes of him, one was his XFL game with the Houston Roughnecks vs. the Dallas Renegades. Second game film I went to his USF college game in 2017.

Just some humble takeaways:

Background: Height 5'11. Weight 189 lbs.
College: 4 years Southern Florida.
Undrafted 2018, one season with tbe Arizona Cardinals.

Ball skills, he has really good Zone instincts. Breaking on passes while looking back at the QB, finished his collegiate career with 11 interceptions at USF. He's pretty comfortable in off coverage, and shows good quickness and closing burst attacking downhill to close on screens and hitches.

He's pretty much your proto-typical Slot as far as size goes, some concerns were there weren't many instances of him being matched up in straight Man coverage that I could see.

In the XFL game vs Dallas he picked off Landry Jones twice, one was a tipped pass off the WR hands that bounced right to him... but his Second Interception he was the Flat Defender and read Landry's eyes perfectly and drifted off his route back inside to the middle of the field and displayed great hands coming down with an Interception.


If he wins a spot on the roster in camp, pre-season he could be a serviceable 4th, 5th Corner.. who would back-up CGJ in the Slot. He would fit really well when playing zone as I think he's ideal as a guy who would be an Over-hang Defender in Nickel/Dime, or playing underneath in Cover-2 . If he shows he can cover Kicks that would help his case a lot.
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I just finished watching 2 tapes of him, one was his XFL game with the Houston Roughnecks vs. the Dallas Renegades. Second game film I went to his USF college game in 2017.

Just some humble takeaways:

Background: Height 5'11. Weight 189 lbs.
College: 4 years Southern Florida.
Undrafted 2018, one season with tbe Arizona Cardinals.

Ball skills, he has really good Zone instincts. Breaking on passes while looking back at the QB, finished his collegiate career with 11 interceptions at USF. He's pretty comfortable in off coverage, and shows good quickness and closing burst attacking downhill to close on screens and hitches.

He's pretty much your proto-typical Slot as far as size goes, some concerns were there weren't many instances of him being matched up in straight Man coverage that I could see.

In the XFL game vs Dallas he picked off Landry Jones twice, one was a tipped pass off the WR hands that bounced right to him... but his Second Interception he was the Flat Defender and read Landry's eyes perfectly and drifted off his route back inside to the middle of the field and displayed great hands coming down with an Interception.


If he wins a spot on the roster in camp, pre-season he could be a serviceable 4th, 5th Corner.. who would back-up CGJ in the Slot. He would fit really well when playing zone as I think he's ideal as a guy who would be an Over-hang Defender in Nickel/Dime, or playing underneath in Cover-2 . If he shows he can cover Kicks that would help his case a lot.
Looks a bit stiff coming out of his back pedal, looks like he will be better suited for zone than man.
 

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XFL and NFL two vastly different things.
yes they are. Which is why you only go with the guys that dominate that league. If they dominated it then there is at least a chance some of it translates. And having a nose for the ball is something that comes Naturally for some. Let’s hope he pans out.
 

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