Lacks ideal power/strength in his lower half and really struggles to anchor vs. the bull rush. Exhibits above average lateral mobility inside and works until the whistle. Looks comfortable sliding his feet through contact and initially can stick to his man. But, just isn't real heavy-handed when asked to lock out and can easily be overwhelmed/driven into the backfield at the point of attack.
Works hard in the run game, has some nasty to his game and loves to finish blocks. However, lacks the type of power in his lower half to win at the point of attack. Is consistently stalemated on contact when asked to block as an in-line guy and doesn't have the power in his lower half to create much movement off the ball. Now, does look natural when asked to snap and scoop block around defenders inside. However, again, fails to consistently stay on blocks through the play because of his lack of lower body and hand strength.
Impression: Honestly, he's not that far away from becoming a potential NFL player. He's a natural bender who is comfortable sliding his feet and knows how to extend his arms into contact. However, he needs to continue to add strength and girth to his lower half to have a chance of holding up at the next level."
Positive: Tough, hardworking lineman with limited upside. Smart, keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with teammates. Keeps his feet moving, stays with the action, and works to bend his knees. Shows terrific awareness and gives effort.
Negative: Lacks bulk and strength and does not get much movement as a run blocker. Gets a bit tall out of his stance and is ineffective blocking in motion.
Analysis: Nennon has been a terrific lineman on the college level, and his ability to play any of the three interior blocking positions will give him an opportunity as an inexpensive utility lineman."
In 2006 at Wake Forest, Russell redshirted. In 2007 he was the top reserve on the offensive line and played in all 12 games.
in 2008, he started in all 13 games, six at left guard and seven at center. He was in for every snap except one over the final seven games of the year and. He was on the field for 764 offensive plays and graded out at 81.5 percent. He tallied 84 knockdown blocks, the second-highest total on the team and had four games with double-figure knockdowns including 15.5 in the EagleBank Bowl.
During his junior year in 2009, Russell started all 12 games at center and led the team in blocking percentage four times. He was on the field for 730 snaps on the season and finished second on the team with 71.5 knockdown blocks.
Strengths: Fine athlete. Good overall hand usage. Equally adept at C and LOG. Reach blocks well. Good punch in pass pro. Keeps low when drive blocking. Pretty agile and pulls well. Recoils well in pass pro. Good feet for an interior lineman. Has some room to get stronger. Has some leadership skills.
Weaknesses: On the ground a lot. Sometimes overextends when reach blocking and loses balance. Usually these occurs after he has finished a block though. Loses contact with defenders at times while run blocking and fails to lock on. Hand usage can be improved. Can be walked by bigger defenders in pass pro. Sometimes just stands around and plays patty cake. Quiet.
Projection: Solid 5-6th round selection."