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Draft Scout Keith Nichol News
04/26/12 - This weekend might go by without Keith Nichol seeing his name scroll across the bottom of the television screen, his abilities as a wide receiver perhaps not eye-catching enough on their own to make Nichol part of the NFL draft. Instead, this once-heralded Lowell High School quarterback is likely to sign sometime Saturday night as a priority free agent, before trying to convince a team that his versatility makes him worthy of an NFL career. Nichol's impact on this draft will be felt regardless. If he hadn't reneged on his verbal commitment to Michigan State (after the firing of coach John L. Smith) and signed with Oklahoma in 2007, Kirk Cousins probably never is a Spartan. And If Nichol didn't later decide to transfer to Michigan State, Arizona QB Nick Foles might never have left East Lansing. Both Cousins and Foles are all but certain NFL draft picks over the next three days. "Hindsight's 20/20," Nichol said this week, less than four months removed from an unpredictable career at Michigan State. "It's really hard to say what would have happened without (an elbow) injury (after replacing Cousins in 2009) and then if I had not gone to Oklahoma. There are different variables. "But I try to just avoid living in the past." "I think a lot of things have happened for a certain reason. I think maybe I was injured and things worked out the way they did because this would be my best opportunity to play at the next level. Who knows? Or maybe my path isn't to play in the NFL. But for now, I think everything leading up to now has put me in a good position to continue my career, and that's a good place to be." - Graham Couch, MLive.com
04/23/12 - Nichol, who passed for 856 yards and nine touchdowns with a 54.1 completion percentage at MSU, is hoping his versatility will help him get a chance with a team. His agent, David Rich of Rich Sports Management, believes Nichol could possibly even play safety. Rich said that versatility could help Nichol get selected in a late round and has had a few teams inquire about his client. “The versatility he has is kind of intriguing to a team. In late rounds, teams take players that are intriguing ...,” said Rich, referencing current Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Joe Webb — a sixth-round selection in the 2010 draft — as an example. “Keith is an interesting guy because he can do so much. He’s only played wide receiver for two years and has trained for most of his lifetime at quarterback, so there is a possibility there. He brings a little more to the table than just a wide receiver. He can be a holder for a team.” Whether he gets drafted or not, Nichol hopes to get in the right situation and have a chance to prove he belongs. “I think it’s more about fit and opportunity the more I talk to guys in the NFL,” Nichol said. “That’s what’s important to me.” - Brian Calloway, The Lansing State Journal
03/15/12 - Michigan State Pro Day: WR Keith Nichol (6-2, 220) began at Oklahoma as a heralded quarterback but wound up behind Sam Bradford. After transferring to MSU and losing a razor's-edge battle with Cousins, Nichol switched to wideout and made several big plays, including a Hail Mary grab to beat Wisconsin. If he isn't as polished or accomplished a receiver as teammate B.J. Cunningham, Nichol is branding himself as the most versatile player in the draft. With a team-high vertical leap 39.5 inches and the willingness to play anywhere and help on every special team, he should earn a late-round or free-agent look. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com