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Washington Redskins 2016 NFL Draft Profiles: Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

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Nick Kwiatkoski
School: WVU | Conferece: Big 12
Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height/Weight: 6’2" / 243 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd to 5th Round
NFL Comparison: David Mayo

Player Overview:
Nick Kwiatkoski led the Mountaineers in tackles the past three seasons and earned a first-team all conference spot his senior year. In his first full year as a starter, his sophomore year, Kwiatkoski finished second on the team with three interceptions, led the team in tackles and was named second-team all conference. Kwiatkoski (quit-KOW-ski) played safety and wide receiver in high school; added more than thirty pounds since high school. He's above average at almost everything, but doesn't always stand out.

Strengths
  • Aggressive
  • Solid tackler
  • Highly productive college career
  • Good instincts

Weaknesses
  • Not a three-down linebacker
  • Not a "stack and shed" player
  • Doesn’t play as fast as he his

Lets take a closer look...




How He’d Fit on the Redskins
Kwiatkoski is a good, productive player. He’s a likely late-round draft pick who’ll make an NFL roster because of special teams. Kwiatkoski has good straight-ahead speed and is a sound tackler. He’d provide much-needed depth at linebacker on Washington. He wouldn’t push Will Compton or Mason Foster/Perry Riley for a starting position, but could probably spell them for a bit on early downs. Kwiatkoski has to potential for a Compton-like rise, however. He moved to linebacker and gained more than 30 pounds in five years at West Virginia. That type of development speaks to a player’s desire and willingness to be coached. If he arrives in a place with continuity on the sidelines (like, dare I say, Washington?), Kwiatkoski could grow into a starting role.