The name “Drake Nevis” had barely gotten out of my mouth before Donald Thomas started ‘oohing’.
Thomas is in his first year with the Colts but is fresh off three weeks of training camp work where he was a frequent recipient of Nevis’ multi-faceted pass rush.
“It’s just really impressive he can create that much pass rush because just looking at him, no offense, but he doesn’t look as athletic as he is,” Thomas said of Nevis on Tuesday.
“It’s hard to get your hands on him. He starts one way, then goes the other. He uses his hands well. You’ve got to sit back on him. You can’t be overaggressive because that’s when he gets you.”
Even an Alabama guy in Josh Chapman is praising Nevis, an LSU product.
“He’s one of those guys that is constantly working,” Chapman said of Nevis. “He’s got that power and fast twitch and you rarely find guys that have both. With him, he has three or four counter moves that people don’t really think of.”
At 310 pounds, Nevis doesn’t have ideal size as a 3-4 nose tackle but has found a niche as an interior pass rusher on passing downs.
Nevis was a force against the Giants on Sunday night with a pair of sacks and his high motor has caught the eye of Chuck Pagano.
“He’s relentless in his pass rush. Going in there getting a couple of sacks late in that game that’s just Drake,” Pagano said.
“He’s snap to whistle, all out. If he gets singled up, he’s got the ability to beat guys.”
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