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Former USF CB Deatrick Nichols Signs with Arizona Cardinals as Undrafted Free Agent

The Miami-born corner has found his NFL home.

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Former USF defensive back Deatrick Nichols has signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent shortly after the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Another vital part of the now legendary 2014 USF recruiting class, the Miami Central product finished his Green and Gold career as a two-time All-AAC First Team honoree and third in career interceptions for the the Bulls (11).

Alongside Mazzi Wilkins, Tajee Fullwood, and Ronnie Hoggins, Nichols excelled in defensive coordinator Brian Jean-Mary’s secondary in 2017, accounting for 56 tackles (four for loss), 15 passes defensed, three interceptions, and a forced fumble.

His play earned him an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg this past January.

Here’s what’s Lance Zierlein had to say about him:

“While Nichols interception numbers look good, several of the interceptions resulted in overthrows or inaccurate tosses rather than plays he made on the ball. He’s a good athlete and can hang around his man in coverage, but he doesn’t have a playmaker’s length or instincts. Nichols is a slot corner with potential to compete for a roster spot at the back end of the roster.”

Zierlein projected him as a sixth to seventh round pick heading into the draft.

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Congratulations Deatrick and good luck!