BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons.
POSITIVES: Good-sized blocker who plays with a nasty attitude. Quick setting in pass protection, moves his feet throughout the action and stays square. Extends his hands and keeps opponents away. Strong at the point and anchors on the line. Effectively uses body positioning and blocking angles to seal defenders from the action. Intelligent, quickly picks up blitzes and works well with teammates. Nasty and works to finish blocks. Adequate job bending his knees.
NEGATIVES: Not a dominant drive-blocking lineman. Lacks adjustment, not flexible and struggles sliding laterally.
ANALYSIS: Possessing the body type to be a strong side tackle at the next level, Nienhuis displayed consistent skill through college. Understands the position and would greatly benefit from added bulk and strength, which would enhance his run-blocking skills. Solid consideration in the late rounds.