2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Nick DeLuca
School: North Dakota State
Projected: 4th round
2013: 12 games; 27 tackles; 1 tackles for loss
2014: 16 games; 67 tackles; 2.5 tackles for loss; 3 interceptions
2015: 15 games; 135 tackles; 10 tackles for loss; 3 sacks; 2 interceptions
2016: 3 games; 26 tackles; 2 tackles for loss; 1 interception (Returned for touchdown) (received medical hardship)
2017: 13 games; 74 tackles; 10.5 tackles for loss; 6.5 sacks; 1 interception
Nick DeLuca is a senior linebacker out of North Dakota State University. He has made multiple All-American first teams during his time with the Bison including spots on the Butkus Award Watch List in 2016 and 2017. The Butkus Award is given to college football’s best linebacker. During DeLuca’s time with the Bison the team went 69-6.
DeLuca plays inside and is excellent in pursuit. He earned playing time as a freshman due to his play on special teams. As a rookie, special teams will be where DeLuca will get his start. DeLuca will need to get stronger to start but has the work ethic to get it done.
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DeLuca has a motor and always finds himself around the football. He has great footwork and moves down the line well. Has enough speed to stay with most tight ends and running backs. When in coverage, DeLuca has the ball skills to make plays. Showed progress over time with pass rushing ability.
He needs to get stronger to play inside. DeLuca relies too heavily on arm tackling which shows up against larger runners. Does not have elite speed at position and will have issues with more athletic receivers. Will need to prove his ability to consistently play against tougher competition.