Friday Q&A: Nijman, Signing Day, and more

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1) I have nothing on Yoshua Nijiman – does he compare to Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals, formerly Miami Hurricanes? He was about the same size and came on late in his Hurricane career and has become a star in the NFL.

Chris Coleman: Both guys are about 6-7, but beyond that you really can’t compare them. When Calais Campbell signed with Miami, he was listed at 225. He eventually grew to be listed at 6-8, 300 in the NFL.

On the other hand, Yoshua Nijman enrolled at Virginia Tech at the same height of 6-7, but weighing in at a whopping 277. Nijman is a full 50 pounds bigger than Campbell was when he signed with Miami, and that makes it very difficult to compare the two. How much weight will Nijman add? Will he be able to retain his quickness and play end at Tech? Is he even quick enough to play end right now?

Charley Wiles and the Tech coaches are fully convinced that Nijman is a talented player, but they don’t know what position is his best fit. Wiles said this about Nijman in December’s press release:

“Yosuah has a big-time body but is still very raw. He could play a couple of positions but we will probably start him out at defensive end to see how athletic he is.”

In other words, they aren’t exactly sure whether Nijman is quick enough to play defensive end in their scheme, and they won’t know until they line him up against college players this spring. Then they’ll have a much better idea. However, even if he is quick enough now, will he remain quick enough once he adds the inevitable

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