Football transfers see Arizona State as a place to prep for NFL

Nesta Jade Silvera had a lot of suitors for his services when he entered the transfer portal. He was an established starter at the University of Miami, so he already had a track record. Arizona State didn’t seem to be a team with a lot of leverage.

What won Silvera over wasn’t the way ASU defensive line coach Robert Rodriguez praised his play or the way he fit into the defense. It was the details Rodriguez pointed out that could make the 6-foot-2, 306-pounder better that resonated with the Florida native.

“My first conversation with coach Rod we automatically went straight to film, watched film for probably two or three hours,” Silvera said, after the Sun Devils wrapped up the 12th of 15 spring practices on Monday. “He told me a lot of the things I do well and he kind of explained to me where deficiencies were in my game and what he could help me with which was a lot different than what other coaches told me. They were more about what you did. can do to help us and he was more about what he can help me with to improve my game. “

Rodriguez, who was previously on staff with the Minnesota Vikings, is starting his third season heading the position group. He prides himself on technique and the attention to detail, for the betterment of all.

Oct 23, 2021;  Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Nesta Jade Silvera (1) reacts during the second half of the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Hard Rock Stadium.

“He said he felt he was missing something,” Rodriguez said of the film session with his new prospect. “He said` I could feel that these things were happening but nobody told me why. ‘ We were the first ones to tell him why. That’s the nature of how we coach here. wrong because on Saturday ain’t nobody there to tell them a lie. It’s going to be all truths because the guy lining up in front of you is going to tell you the truth and he’s going to expose your weaknesses. “

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