Another Sun Devil is heading to the NFL.
Nesta Jade Silvera was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders with the 231st pick in the seventh round.
The 6’2″ and 305 pound interior defensive lineman transferred from the University of Miami to ASU in 2022. He played 10 of 12 games for the Sun Devils, earning honorable mention All-Conference honors with 56 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three pass breakups.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say about Silvera as a draft prospect:
Interior plugger set for duties as a nose tackle in a 4-3 front. Silvera is fairly nimble and can get into blockers quickly. He plays with knockback power and can hold his ground against single blockers. He struggles to feel and respond to down blocks. Also, he has trouble reading and reacting to lateral steps looking to seal him behind the play. Silvera has talent and is very active. He could make noise in camp as a late-round pick or priority free agent.