Nikolas is a turnover machine with his tremendous versatility and ball hawking skills. Possesses the size and great athleticism we like to see for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. Shows excellent flexibility, balance and quickness from the 4-3 alignment. Displays the ability to play the run from a walk off alignment or as an inside backer; can play downhill vs. the inside run; capable of taking on and defeating blockers at the point of attack with good stack ability. Is quick to the edge; can avoid and beat blockers; works through traffic very well with excellent pursuit habits and closing burst. This is an advanced coverage player; can crossover into short / medium zones with eyes on the QB and good route awareness. Is disciplined, demonstrating very good break on the ball with excellent hands. Can line up on the L.O.S. with the skill to take on and defeat blockers; can keep contain while showing very good blitz quickness and timing off the edge; has a very good closing burst to the QB. We see very good wrap tackling skills, especially in space with some one arm potential, illustrating his upper body playing strength. This guy is a full time, every down player with the potential to make big, game changing plays from a variety of defensive alignments; his playing speed and pursuit habits are excellent. Nikolas has immediate playing potential.