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Nathaniel Adibi - DE Position: DE
Class: Sr
School: Virginia Tech
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 6'3, 254
40 Time: 4.65
Grade: 3.75

Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 5, pick 13 (145 overall)
BIO: Second-team all-conference choice as a senior after numbers of 45/8/5.5. Junior totals included 55/15/9 41/2/1 as a sophomore in eight starts.

POSITIVES: Speedy, athletic defensive end that makes a lot of plays up the field. Quick off the snap, plays with good pad level and immediately alters his angle of attack in pursuit of the action. Possesses a closing burst of speed and flashes on the scene. Effectively uses hand technique to stay off blocks, agile and makes plays in every direction in the field.

NEGATIVES: Driven off the line or handled at the point. Did not have the senior campaign expected and lacked a sense of urgency in his play. Flashed skill at the Senior Bowl but did not show much consistency.

ANALYSIS: One of the better pass rush specialists in the country coming into the season, Adibi has watched his stock slip after a marginal senior season Can still be effective at the next level in a conventional defense at right defensive end if he builds upon his junior campaign.

PROJECTION: Early Third Round

Photo: Rick Stewart/Getty Images

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