4. Robert Nkemdiche
It is still amazing almost two weeks later to believe the Cardinals may have gotten the steal not only of the first round but of the entire draft. Nkemdiche fell all the way to number 29 to the Cardinals in the draft and some are still scratching their heads over it.
Nkemdiche is already turning heads. Arians had to call him out during a press conference during the weekend rookie camp festivities. He said Nkemdiche was working out too hard.
That had to be a first. Arians though said he’d rather have to tell a player to slow it down rather than speed it up.
From Nkemdiche’s standpoint though you’d of course have to understand it. Here is a guy projected at the beginning of the college football season just eight months ago to be a top five pick in the draft.
With some questioning Nkemdiche’s lackluster effort at times and with his off the field issues, some expected him to fall but not this far. Now he wants to go out and prove he is worth much more than a 29th pick. What better way to do that than start being aggressive early.
Don’t be surprised to see Arians have to call him out again for the same thing at some point. Nkemdiche though is worth continuing to watch every step of the way up until the regular season, then the real fun begins.
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