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.
.@USFFootball CB Deatrick Nichols has landed a free-agent deal with the Cardinals, per his agent.— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) April 28, 2018
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 NFL.com’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!