BIO: All-Conference selection as a senior after winning the starting job, totaling 48/17/8. Intercepted two passes and broke up another pair last year.
POSITIVES: Athletic, playmaking defender coming off a big senior campaign. Goes very hard and chases to get involved in the action. Fast in every direction, displays an array of moves getting off blocks, and effective in space. Plays with good pad level, rarely off his feet and makes plays in pursuit. Wraps up tackling.
NEGATIVES: Must improve his playing strength, as he.s easily controlled by a single opponent at the point. Has tackles broken. Not overly efficient.
ANALYSIS: A former reserve, Ninkovich did an outstanding job last year after moving in with the first team. Lacks the size to be an every-down defensive end but showed enough ability to be considered as a rush linebacker.