Signed by Seattle as a free agent on April 29, 2021.
04/28/16: Drafted by Arizona (1st round, 29th overall)
12/11/18: Placed on IR (knee)
07/28/19: Waived/failed physical
08/08/19: Signed with Miami as a FA
08/31/19: Placed on PUP
10/28/19: Activated from PUP
11/06/19: Released by Miami
11/13/19: Suspended by Comissioner
11/26/19: Suspension Lifted by Commissioner
04/??/21: Signed by Seattle as a FA
NFL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Fifth-year pro has played in 29 games with six starts, recording 4.5 sacks, 51 tackles and two forced fumbles from 2016-19. He did not play in the NFL in 2020.
Was a first-round pick out of Mississippi in the 2016 draft, going to Arizona with the 29th overall pick. Played somewhat sparingly his first two seasons, then had something of a breakout year in 2018, starting six of 10 games played before a knee injury ended his season, recording 4.5 sacks and 36 tackles.
A two-time first-team All-SEC selection and a two-time second-team All-American, started 34 of the 35 games he appeared in during his three seasons with the Rebels. Declared for draft following his junior season. Recorded 98 tackles, 7.0 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and five passes defensed. Also appeared on offense, rushing nine times for 34 yards and catching one pass for 31 yards. A second-team All-America selection as a junior in 2015, a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award (nation's most versatile player) and a semifinalist for both the Rotary Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player). First defensive lineman to be named a finalist for the Hornung Award. Started at defensive tackle in all 11 games he played and finished third on the team with seven tackles for loss while tying for third with three sacks. Scored three offensive touchdowns in 2015, two rushing touchdowns and a 31-yard receiving touchdown, and blocked a field goal on special teams. Was an All-America second-team selection as a sophomore in 2014. Started every game at defensive tackle and totaled 35 tackles with four tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass defensed. Helped Ole Miss lead the nation in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) and lead the SEC in tackles for loss (7.6 per game).
The consensus no. 1 overall recruit and top defensive end in the nation coming out of Grayson High, he was a USA Today, MaxPreps and SuperPrep All-America selection as a senior. A three-time all-state selection, totaled 41 sacks in his high school career. Named the Gwinnett Daily Post County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after recording 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks to help Grayson win the Region 8-6A championship. Also rushed for 235 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense. Named the All-Class Player of the Year and Gwinnett Daily Post County Defensive Player of the Year as a junior when he led Grayson to a 15-0 record, Class 5A state title and a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today. Parents, Beverly and Sunday, are Nigerian immigrants; Sunday is a cardiologist and Beverly is a politician in Nigeria, representing the city of Onitsha in the legislature. Brother, Denzel, played linebacker and was his teammate at Mississippi. Nkemdiche enjoys playing the saxophone and bass guitar. He was invited to played saxophone in a band at Ground Zero, a club owned by actor Morgan Freeman.
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