2019 NFL Draft Profile: Yosuah “Yosh” Nijman, OT, Virginia Tech

Yosuah “Yosh” Nijman

Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech
6-6 7/8 324
40 Time: N/A

OVERVIEW

Yosh Nijman
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Following in the footsteps his immigrant parents (natives of the South American country of Suriname), Nijman took an unusual route to American football, capturing the imagination of New Jersey track and field coaches (winning the 4A state title in the shot put) before realizing that his best chance at playing professional sports was on the gridiron.

Nijman (whose name is pronounced “YOSH-u-ah NYJ-man”) spent one semester at Fork Union Military College before officially joining the Hokies, lining up at defensive end in the spring before making the switch to offensive tackle. He spent the 2015 season as an often-used reserve before taking over as the starting left tackle for all 14 games as a sophomore.

Nijman remained on the blind side as a junior, starting the first eight games in 2017 before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him the rest of the season.

Nijman was moved to right tackle, where his massive frame projects best in the NFL, as a senior. He started 11 games while missing another two due to injury.

ANALYSIS

Possesses an NFL starter kit with an imposing, well-distributed frame, including 34” arms. While lacking exceptional quickness, Nijman is efficient in his pass drop, taking short steps which keep him balance and waiting for pass rushers to come to him, typically forcing them wide and maintaining his massive frame squarely in front of them. His more than just a big body in the running game, uncorking power with heavy hands and commitment through his hips to control opponents and open wide rushing lanes.

While Nijman is surprisingly agile and certainly powerful, he remains a work in progress from a fundamental standpoint, reacting late to twists and stunts, despite his three seasons as a starter. He is overly reliant on his size to bully opponents, with more technically-sound defenders taking advantage of his poor hand placement rip or swim themselves free or even overpowering him with bull rushes due to poor pad level.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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