Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker Nick Niemann (49) tackles Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Round 6, Pick No. 185 Overall: LA Chargers select LB Nick Niemann
With the first of their sixth-round picks, the LA Chargers took Nick Niemann, a linebacker from Iowa.
Niemann is the brother of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann. Nick Niemann is an elite athlete. His pro-day numbers are incredible, and you can truly see his athleticism shine on his tape.
He has shown flashes of being able to drop into coverage and has the speed to cover running backs on underneath routes. Niemann has plenty of experience and was also a participant in this year’s Senior Bowl.
One of Neimann’s biggest weaknesses is that he lacks play strength. He can have trouble shedding blocks and can be pushed around by linemen due to him only weighing in at 234 pounds.
The Chargers also recently hired former Iowa running backs coach Derrick Foster. This hiring likely played a role in the selection of Niemann. Going against Niemann and the defense every day in practice and having a direct connection to a prospect in a year where there is a lot of uncertainty is a smart and safe move for Tom Telesco and the Chargers.