Cardinals cut former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche
The Arizona Cardinals have had a rough time drafting the right players. That has shown in recent years, including Robert Nkemdiche, who seems to be on his way out of Arizona.
According to the Cardinals official Twitter account, Arizona is cutting former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche. Before Cardinals began training camp, Nkemdiche was placed on the PUP list by Arizona.
In 2016, Arizona used the 29th overall pick to select Nkemdiche out of Ole Miss. In college, Nkemdiche was a game-wrecker from the interior after moving from defensive end to defensive tackle.
During the draft process, most scouts believed that Nkemdiche’s game would easily translate to the NFL. That didn’t happen to be the case at all for the Ole Miss product.
Through his first two seasons with the Cardinals, Nkemdiche didn’t start in any games and failed to record a sack. In nine starts in 2018, Nkemdiche flashed a little potential with 4.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss.
Although, with a new regime under Kliff Kingsbury, it was unknown what Nkemdiche’s role would be in 2019. Regardless, the former first-round pick was dealing with a knee injury and was placed on the PUP list before training camp began.
Nkemdiche isn’t the first former first-round pick that the Cardinals got rid of this offseason. The team also traded Josh Rosen after just one season with the franchise.
Before he even stepped on the practice field, the Cardinals are deciding to part ways with Nkemdiche, making him a free agent. Currently, there hasn’t been any teams to schedule a visit with him but it wouldn’t come as a surprise if a team takes a chance on him.
After all, the talent is absolutely there with Nkemdiche but the mental part of the game has been tough for him. With that being said, Nkemdiche will have to prove himself to another team after the Cardinals cut him on Saturday.