David Nwabuisi plays in college all-star game
A quick note before we get into Signing Day. Northwestern senior linebacker David Nwabuisi put on his purple helmet one final time for the Texas vs. The Nation Game in Allen, Texas on Saturday.
Nwabuisi was representing his home state of Texas in the game as the Nation team won 24-13. Tulane’s Ryan Griffin was the star of the game with 210 passing yards and two touchdowns as the Nation raced out to a 17-0 lead.
For an All-Star Game (it was aired on local Fox Sports affiliates and picked up by some national Fox Sports affiliates), the details of what happened and the statistics are really hard to find. Who knew that could still happen in the age of the Internet?
This game is not one of the bigger college all-star games. However, game representatives reported it was the deepest talent pool at this lower-tier game in the game’s history. Tulane’s Griffin shined and got some notice. It is really tough to find statistics so I cannot tell you how well David Nwabuisi did. All we have is the Instagram photo that Nwabuisi posted Monday. So we know he was there!
Knowing David, he probably tore it up and got on to a few scout’s notebooks with his work ethic and drive. That is what Nwabuisi should be selling himself on as he preps for the Draft. It seems very unlikely that Nwabuisi will hear his name called in the seven-round behemoth that is the NFL Draft. He would have to climb a lot of draft boards to get that opportunity, it would seem.
Like many Northwestern players, Nwabuisis will have to show that what he lacks in speed he makes up for in intelligence and football know-how. I would expect Nwabuisi will latch on with a scout team next year and have his chance at making a roster much like Nick Roach did with the Bears. Hopefully he finds the right situation.
There were several familiar names in the game worth noting from the few links I could find describing the week outside of Dallas.
Minnesota quarterback/wide receiver MarQueis Gray struggled in transitioning from quarterback to tight end during the week of practices, according to both Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com and Russ Lande of National Football Post. Northwestern-killer Matt McGloin also struggled throughout the week and failed to improve his draft stock, Lande said. Obviously it was because he was not playing Northwestern’s defense.
CBS Sports ranks Nwabuisi as the 48th best linebacker in the draft and 568th overall. Again, at this point, it seems like Nwabuisi will not hear his name called. The Draft is still a long way away. However it does not seem like Nwabuisi made much of an impact to help or hurt his draft stock at this All-Star game.