We've mentioned Ole Miss DE Robert Nkemdiche before. He's a terrific talent who might have been a top 10 lock if not for some off the field incidents. ESPN's Seth Wickersham recently explored the case of Nkemdiche in a story that starts with the Ole Miss defensive lineman wanting to buy a ... panther.
Yeah you read that right: a panther.
Clearly there are some flags with Nkemdiche and not just off the field. He has flaws in his game on the field but there is a lot to like too. This is a deep defensive line draft which means you can either pick up one of many great talents early or you can wait it out and still get a good one in a later round. SB Nation's latest mock draft went the former and sent Nkemdiche to the Chiefs with the 28th pick.
At what point does the reward outweigh the potential risk in the draft? That is what every team considering Nkemdiche will wonder when the draft starts. If Nkemdiche stays on the straight and narrow, some team could get a steal. That team could be the Chiefs, who could upgrade an end spot with the athletic, former blue-chip recruit.
.@McShay13: Robert Nkemdiche is a Top 10 talent but his tape is inconsistent. I wouldn't be surprised if he is available at start of Rd 2.— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) April 12, 2016
The Chiefs have a strong locker room who can handle personalities. That's not to say Nkemdiche is worth it but I feel more confident in this Chiefs team handling character concerns than any other in recent memory. As I've said before, the Chiefs are going to be a good team in 2016 with or without this first round pick so there's not pressure there for a pick like Nkemdiche, who would be behind Allen Bailey, Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard, to perform right away.
The Nkemdiche question. I'm just not sure what the answer is.