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Robert Nkemdiche will have private visits with half the league

Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche speaks during the NCAA college football team’s media day in Oxford, Miss., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Mississippi opens the season on Sept. 5 against Tennessee-Martin. (Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP)


If any scouts needed to see the physical measurables of Robert Nkemdiche, they could rely on this week’s Ole Miss pro day.

Of course, the physical isn’t the part of Nkemdiche’s game they’re worried about.

According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, Nkemdiche said he had private visits set up with 16 teams prior to the draft.

That’s a lot of hotel rooms, and you can be fairly certain most teams will try to book him on the lowest floor possible.

Nkemdiche is a top-10 talent, but there are many questions after he defenestrated himself from a fourth-floor hotel room in Atlanta in January, leading to a premature end to his career at Ole Miss (and possibly his life). Nkemdiche was charged with possession of marijuana, but during a strange media interview at the combine, said he was only drinking when he went out the window. He also said other players including potential top pick Laremy Tunsil were in the room, but “no one wanted to take the fall.”

He also admitted to being “lazy” that day.

All of that (and his word choice) will create plenty of questions for teams to sift through, as they debate whether to take a chance on a player who can be an impact lineman with his pass-rush ability.

And because of those questions, he’s going to have plenty of chances to explain himself over the next month.