Derrick Nnadi
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Nnadi with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019
No. 91 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-09) May 9, 1996 (age 26)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:312 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school:Ocean Lakes
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2021
Total tackles:160
Forced fumbles:1
Pass deflections:1
Player stats at · PFR

Derrick Nnadi (born May 9, 1996) is an American football defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State.[1][2]

Professional career

On December 9, 2017, it was announced that Nnadi had accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[3] On January 19, 2018, it was reported that Nnadi would not be participating in the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl due to an unspecified injury.[4] Nnadi attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed all of the combine and positional drills. His overall performance was described as poor and was a detriment to his draft stock.[5] On March 20, 2018, Nnadi participated at Florida State's pro day and chose to perform the short shuttle (4.97s) and vertical jump (25.5"). He attended a private workout with the New York Jets. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Nnadi was projected to be a third or fourth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the seventh best defensive tackle in the draft by Scouts Inc. and was ranked the 11th best defensive tackle prospect by[6][7]

External video
video icon Derrick Nnadi's NFL Combine Workout
video icon NFL Draft Profile: Derrick Nnadi
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
317 lb
(144 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
5.38 s 1.81 s 3.04 s 5.02 s 8.15 s 27 in
(0.69 m)
8 ft 0 in
(2.44 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8]

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Nnadi in the third round with the 75th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.[9] The Chiefs traded their third (86th overall) and fourth round (122nd overall) picks to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the Ravens' third round pick (75th overall) in order to draft Nnadi.[10]

External video
video icon Chiefs draft Derrick Nnadi 75th overall

On June 15, 2018, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Nnadi to a four-year, $3.74 million contract featuring a signing bonus of $959,400.[11]

In Week 11 of the 2019 season against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, Nnadi recorded his first career interception off Philip Rivers in the 24–17 win.[12] The Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers, their first championship in 50 years.[13]

On March 20, 2022, Nnadi re-signed with the Chiefs.[14]

Personal life

Nnadi is of Nigerian descent.[15] He attended Corporate Landing Middle School and Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[16][17]

Nnadi has celebrated each Chiefs win during the 2019 season by paying the adoption fee for a dog at a local Kansas City shelter. He celebrated winning Super Bowl LIV by paying the adoption fees for all adoptable dogs at the shelter.[18][19]


  1. ^ "Senior Moment: Derrick Nnadi reflects on his most memorable moment at Florida State". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "FSU defensive tackle Nnadi 'never thought' about not playing in the bowl game".
  3. ^ Nee, Chris (December 9, 2017). "FSU defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi invited to 2018 Senior Bowl". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Sonnone, Brendan (January 19, 2018). "FSU DT Derrick Nnadi will not participate in Senior Bowl". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Judis, Patrick (April 15, 2018). "NFL Draft 2018: Can Derrick Nnadi overcome poor combine to thrive in pros?". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Derrick Nnadi, DS #11 DT, Florida State". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL Derrick Nnadi-ESPN". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Derrick Nnadi Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". National Football League. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Chiefs draft Florida State DT Derrick Nnadi in third round". April 27, 2018. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Goldman, Charles (April 27, 2018). "Instant analysis: Chiefs trade up in round 3, select Derrick Nnadi". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ " Derrick Nnadi contract". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Chargers 24–17 in Mexico City". Associated Press. November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Shook, Nick (February 2, 2020). "Chiefs rally once again to defeat 49ers, win SB LIV". Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  14. ^ "Report: Chiefs bringing back Derrick Nnadi on one-year deal". Arrowhead Pride. March 20, 2022.
  15. ^ Okupa, Francis (April 23, 2018). "Nigeria dominates Africa's 2018 NFL draftee list". Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  16. ^ Winkler, Adam (January 30, 2020). "Virginia Beach's Derrick Nnadi soaking-in Super Bowl experience". WTKR. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  17. ^ Rubama, Larry (February 2, 2020). "Derrick Nnadi of Ocean Lakes playing in Super Bowl". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  18. ^ Nesbitt, Andy (February 3, 2020). "Chiefs' Derrick Nnadi celebrates Super Bowl win by doing something awesome for over 100 rescue dogs". USA Today. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  19. ^ "Derrick Nnadi pays dog adoption fees after Super Bowl win". BBC News. February 4, 2020. Retrieved March 18, 2021.