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NFL Draft: Nikita Whitlock Signs with the Cincinnati Bengals

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Nikita Whitlock went undrafted, but he was immediately picked up by the Bengals.

Grant Halverson

Nikita Whitlock has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. The All-ACC nose tackle is making the transition to fullback in hopes of pursuing his NFL dreams. He was rated at the 8th fullback in the 2014 draft class according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. The Bengals averaged 3.6 yards/carry last season and perhaps Nikita Whitlock's presence can help them improve that. Congratulations to a great Deacon!

Bart Johnston gave a great scouting report of Nikita here.

Pro Day Numbers

5'10" 251 pounds

40 yard dash - 4.82 seconds

Bench press - 43 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump - 9 feet

Shuttle run - 4.34 seconds

Cone drill - 6.91 seconds

College Production

Nikita Whitlock spent four years at Wake Forest anchoring the front three on the defensive line, but due to concerns about his height he began working out as a fullback in the offseason with a variety of teams to enhance his draft stock. Over four years at Wake, Nikita played in 46 games, recorded 229 total tackles, 20 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, forced five fumbles, recovered one, and deflected five passes. Whitlock leaves Wake Forest as one of the most productive, and perhaps greatest, defensive lineman in Demon Deacon history.

Strengths

Whitlock did 43 reps on the bench press at Wake Forest's Pro Day, which is more than any player who attended the NFL Combine. Additionally Whitlock has incredible quickness and speed for his size, finishing just behind Michael Campanaro in the cone drill and putting up a solid 4.84 40 yard dash at 250 pounds. Whitlock will likely be able to be transformed into a stodgy, dependable blocker out of the backfield who is able to open up holes for the back behind him.