Cards take Nkemdiche in 1st round of NFL Draft

Posted at 8:33 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 00:08:50-04

The Arizona Cardinals selected defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche out of Mississippi with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday.

Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-3, 294 pounder, was the nation's highest-rated prospect coming out of high school and, according to, "has the talent to be an impact starter in the league."

Nkemdiche has had some off-field issues. He was suspended from last season's Sugar Bowl after being charged with marijuana possession in December. But USA TODAY's Nate Davis believed Nkemdiche would "be a steal" if he was available when the Cardinals' pick arrived.

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Nkemdiche has an "exceptional build," according to, and is a "wrap-up finisher who won't allow running backs out of his grasp."