Player Spotlight: DE Louis Nzegwu


Only 50 more days.

A 2D shape made up of 50 sides is called a pentacontagon.

A Golden Wedding Anniversary is celebrated when a couple has been married for 50 years.

Did you know there were 50 states in the United States of America? Easy, right? How about this one? Obviously, there are 50 capitals in those same states. How many can you name?

50 is the atomic number of tin. This element is a silvery malleable metal is widely used to coat other metals in order to prevent corrosion.

50 is the retired jersey number of Tyler Hansbrough, one of the most polarizing ACC basketball players of all time.

50 was the jersey number of former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson, who is in the Hall of Fame. On a side note, did you know that Robinson was 6' 6" as a high school senior and by the time he graduated from the Naval Academy, he had grown to be 7' 0" tall?

The show Hawaii 5-0 is a reference to the Aloha State becoming the 50th and last state in the union in 1959.

DE Louis Nzegwu

If you are unfamiliar with Louis Nzegwu, I suppose a good way to introduce this physical specimen is to give you his formidable pro day measurements.

Height Weight Forty Vert BJ 3 Cone Arm Length Wingspan
6' 4" 252 4.6 41.5 10' 8" 6.84 33 3/4 81 1/2

Now, take a look at his college statistics while at Wisconsin.

Solo Assists Total Sacks TFL PBU QB Hurr FF
Soph 7 3 10 2.5 3 1 2 0
Junior 28 18 46 3 7.5 4 3 1
Senior 16 22 38 4.5 7 2 1 1

As you can see, Nzegwu's biggest statistical jump occurred between his sophomore and junior seasons. Herein lies the problem. Had he experienced a correspondingly significant jump between his junior and senior seasons, then he wouldn't have gone undrafted.

Any number of reasons could have led to Nzegwu's senior season letdown. Here are a few potential culprits:

1. A lack of offseason and/or in-game discipline.

2. Limited drive and focus.

3. Playing through nagging injuries.

4. A schematic change in Wisconsin's defense, which mitigated his impact.

5. Facing more double teams and overall attention from the opposition.

By the way, these are all speculative reasons. I certainly don't have any solid proof that any one(or more) of these factors played a part in his fairly average senior season.

As is the case with every other NFL player, Nzegwu's college performances are only a distant memory at this point, and they will have no bearing on what's currently at stake. Now is the time for him to step up and show the Carolina Panthers that he belongs.

Going forward, the key component to Nzegwu's success or failure has nothing to do with how high he can jump or how fast he can run. It really comes down to how bad he wants it. For Nzegwu to make the team, 53 man roster or otherwise, he will need to work at his craft harder than he ever has before.

Frankly, I truly think he has a chance to make the team in some capacity. Guys with his size and speed don't grow on trees. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone on this team who has better measurables. One thing to keep in mind is that he is up to approximately 260 lbs, which is eight more pounds than his college playing weight. Not only does he give you the versatility of playing in any of our varied defensive fronts, but his chances moving forward with the Panthers only increased when they released Thomas Keiser.

With that being said, I predict that Nzegwu will end up on the practice squad for further development. What about you, CSR?

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