Robert Nkemdiche apparently has the strongest handshake ever

May 4, 2016, 8:15 PM | Updated: May 5, 2016, 5:11 pm
Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche shakes hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selecte...

Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche shakes hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the 29th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cardinals rookie defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche has it all.

At 6-foot-4 and 294 pounds, he has the moves to beat double-teams and the speed to run down quarterbacks with ease. When it comes to his strength, there are few doubts he’s physically ready to contribute for Arizona — now.

And then there’s the cold, hard proof that Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough dropped Wednesday during the Big Red Rage show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

“Have we talked about his handshake yet?” McDonough asked. “Forget about the athletic ability, the guy breaks your hand when he shakes it. I guess there’s a nerve that runs from your wrist all the way up your forearm into your elbow. I have something wrong with it because he’s gripped my hand twice and it’s shot like a bolt up my arm.

“I give him the old 2015-16 fist-bump when I see him,” McDonough added. “He has real power in his hands.”

Alas, this got us to wondering how real of a thing this was.

Though the image atop this article is a split-second in time — and maybe not the most attractive one — of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell shaking Nkemdiche’s hand during the NFL Draft last week, it makes us believe Roger wasn’t exactly comfortable shaking the defensive tackle’s hand.

For more evidence, to the ole’ Twitter machine we went. There we found that, yes, there is a long history of Nkemdiche being overly-aggressive with his handshakes.

We present these to you in chronological order with the first noted strong handshake by Nkemdiche coming in 2011.

What does this mean? If handshake power equates to bullying through offensive linemen, then the Cardinals picked a good one.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters (98) walks out before an NFL game between the Arizo...
Nikash Nath

PFF’s Doug Kyed advises Arizona Cardinals to bring back DL Corey Peters

With the Cardinals' current roster construction, PFF's Doug Kyed believes Arizona should bring DL Corey Peters back once more in 2022.
11 hours ago
Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. (77) protects his quarterback during the fi...
Sam Graveline

Cardinals take OT Paris Johnson Jr. in ESPN 2023 NFL mock draft

ESPN's Matt Miller thinks the Cardinals will beef up the offensive line in his first 2023 mock by selecting Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, right, and Byron Murphy Jr. (7) celebrate after an NFL foo...
Wills Rice’s Patra ranks Cardinals’ cornerbacks among weakest rooms in league

The Cardinals enter training camp with a few question marks personnel-wise on the defensive side of the ball, especially at cornerback.
3 days ago
Nick Scott #33 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals after a recep...
Sam Graveline

PFF: Tight end shaping up to be biggest position battle for Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals head into training camp expecting to have healthy competition at a handful of positions, including at tight end.
4 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with fans after beating the Houston Texans 31-5...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner: The timeframe of Kyler Murray’s contract extension

We haven't heard much lately when it comes down to Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and a contract extension. When will a new deal get done?
4 days ago
Markus Golden #44 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts to a defensive play during the first half against...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals LB Markus Golden among players with best team-friendly deals

Arizona Cardinals LB Markus Golden's contract cracked PFF analyst Brad Spielberger's top team-friendly deals ranking.
4 days ago
Robert Nkemdiche apparently has the strongest handshake ever