Congratulations! You've just made the wonderful decision to draft Nick Niemann! Like most new Nick Niemann owners, you're no doubt filled with questions about your new family member. We here at GIA will try our best to answer any questions you might have.
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WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT NICK NIEMANN?
Niemann's older brother, Ben, has carved out a multi-year career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs -- and Nick is faster and more athletic than Ben. Niemann had a good career at Iowa, but he really turned heads at Iowa's Pro Day, where he posted a 40 time of 4.45 and a shuttle time of 4.14. Those are elite speed numbers for a linebacker. Couple that with Niemann's good football instincts and his ability to play multiple positions and contribute in a variety of roles and you have a player who can definitely make an impact at the NFL level.
WHAT DID HE DO THAT'S SO GREAT?
Niemann emerged as a regular contributor on Iowa's defense in 2018 and continued to find ways to contribute even as he moved around the field. He started multiple games as an outside linebacker in 2018-19, before taking over as a starter weakside linebacker in 2020. He even saw time at middle linebacker as well. Niemann was effective everywhere, but roles that allow him to make use of his speed and quickness in space are the best fit for him. He can move well from sideline to sideline, flows to the ball carrier well and is a strong tackler. His speed gives him the ability to make an impact on special teams as well as on defense, too.
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HOW ARE HIS PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES?
Niemann was measured at 6'3" and 234 lbs at Iowa's Pro Day.
WHAT ABOUT THE BAD?
Niemann's greatest physical attribute is his quickness, but he is a little lacking in some other areas, like overall size and strength. That could lead to him getting bullied at times by bigger blockers or backs. Despite his overall quickness, his coverage skills are somewhat average and he didn't make a lot of big plays in pass defense during his time at Iowa.
WAS THIS A GOOD PICK?
Yes. Niemann has a lot of upside thanks to his athletic tools and experience at multiple positions. He can slot in at multiple linebacker spots and should be a positive addition to special teams coverage units as well. If he can get a little bit bigger and stronger and continue to improve his ability to read plays and coverage schemes, he could develop into a very nice linebacker at the next level.