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Nikko Remigio Scouting Report | Fresno State WR | 2023 NFL Draft

Nikko Remigio the speedy and versatile return man and wide out from Fresno State is a player that impressed our scout Mike Bey.
Nikko Remigio the speedy and versatile return man and wide out from Fresno State is a player that impressed our scout Ryan Vidales.

Player Bio

Coming out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Nikko Remigio was a consensus four-star and 52nd-ranked receiver prospect in the Class of 2018. During Remigio’s time at Mater Dei – one of the top high school football powerhouses in the United States – he competed beside some of the most highly-touted prospects in the nation, including five-star receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Bru McCoy. 

Surrounded by high-level talent all over the field, Remigio carved out a niche for himself as Mater Dei’s slot receiver, accumulating 111 receptions, 1695 yards, and 19 touchdowns over three seasons of varsity football.

Before his senior season in 2017, Remigio committed to the California Golden Bears and first-year Head Coach Justin Wilcox over scholarship offers from USC, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Nebraska. In his final season at Mater Dei, Remigio helped lead the Monarchs to a 15-0 record, a CIF Division One Southern Section Championship, and a CIF State Championship. As Mater Dei’s starting slot receiver in its most successful season in program history, Remigio recorded 45 receptions, 711 yards, and ten touchdowns. 

During his true freshman campaign in 2018, Remigio appeared in nine games for the Golden Bears, posting 11 receptions and 62 yards on the season. Remigio also served as Cal’s primary punt returner for most of the season, leading the team with 103 punt return yards on 15 attempts.

The 2019 season would represent Remigio’s finest statistical year during his four-year Cal career. Playing in all 12 games as Cal’s primary slot receiver, Remigio led the team in receptions and receiving yards, while finishing second in total touchdowns. On the season, Remigio racked up 38 receptions, 512 yards, and three touchdowns, to go along with 138 punt return yards on 12 attempts.

After a successful sophomore campaign, Remigio was slated for a breakout year during the 2020 season. Unfortunately for Remigio and the Golden Bears, the Coronavirus pandemic forced Cal to reduce its season to a meager four games, where the team finished with a 1-3 record. Starting in all four games for the Golden Bears, Remigio only recorded ten receptions, 90 yards, and two touchdowns.

Despite a less-than-stellar junior campaign in 2020, Remigio received multiple preseason accolades, including All-Pac-12 Third-Team Preseason honors and a spot on the Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List. Going into the 2021 season, Remigio was voted as a team captain for the first time in his Cal career. As Cal’s most versatile weapon on offense and special teams, Remigio led the Golden Bears in all-purpose yardage, accumulating 859 total yards on the season (57 rushing yards, 238 receiving yards, 494 kick return yards, and 70 punt return yards). Remigio’s performance during the 2021 season earned him Third-team All-Pac-12 honors as a kick return specialist.

Despite a stellar 2021 campaign and an extra year of eligibility at Cal, Remigio decided to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. Less than a month after entering the transfer portal, Remigio found his new home at Fresno State University, where he would play under new Bulldogs Head Coach Jeff Tedford, who spent eleven years at Cal as the Golden Bears Head Coach from 2002-2012.

In his lone season at Fresno State, Remigio was a steady force for the Bulldogs on offense and special teams, becoming the first player in program history to earn all-conference honors as both a receiver and return specialist.

Throughout the 2022 season, Remigio finished first on the team in receiving touchdowns but trailed only Jalen Moreno-Cropper – who earned First-Team All-Mountain West honors in 2022 – in receptions and receiving yards. Overall, Remigio recorded 74 receptions, 852 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. Remigio added 480 kick return yards, 259 punt return yards, and two punt return touchdowns.

Following his final collegiete season, Remigio earned FBS All-American honors as a punt return specialist and represented Fresno State in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

In his five-year college career, Remigio collected 171 receptions, 1755 receiving yards, 13 receiving touchdowns, 1587 total return yards (558 punt return yards, 1029 kick return yards) and three total return touchdowns (two punt return touchdowns, one kick return touchdown).

Scouting Report

Nikko Remigio is a prototypical slot receiver with decent size and a well-developed frame. Despite only possessing above-average height/weight measurements, Remigio’s formidable build, large and explosive lower half, and high overall toughness enable him to play with a physical play style as a receiver and ball carrier in the open field.

Alongside his physical tools, Remigio has high-level twitch, burst and acceleration, and top-end speed. These qualities allow Remigio’s route-running ability to be a strength in his game. Remigio has a quick first step at the line of scrimmage, drops his weight well, and fluidly transitions out of his breaks. Remigio has a diverse route tree and runs clean, sharp routes to all three levels of the field. Remigio is a fearless route runner who does not hesitate to threaten the middle of the field amongst heavy traffic. He does show an inconsistency in creating separation downfield, but he still has the top-end speed to take the top off of a defense.

Remigio’s unique blend of physicality, speed, and quickness provides him with a ton of value on special teams as a return specialist. Remigio has great instincts, vision, and change of direction in the open field, proving himself to be a big-play threat in the return game.

Regarding Remigio’s ball skills, he is a reliable hands-catcher with limited length. Although his physical play style helps him make tough grabs in traffic in the short and intermediate ranges of the field, Remigio struggles to convert contested catches on vertical concepts downfield. Due to Remigio’s lack of height and length, he will likely play exclusively from the slot, damaging his potential versatility as a receiver. Still, he displayed a consistent ability to track and adjust to the ball when its in the air, which can be credited to Remigio’s solid balance and body control.

Remigio plays the game with physicality, toughness, and a high motor. Remigio is a willing and capable blocker who plays with an edge and a bit of a mean streak. With the ball in his hands, Remigio keeps his legs driving through contact and fights for extra yardage upon initial contact. He is a tough competitor who will put his body on the line to put his team in a position to win.

Although some NFL scouts might knock Remigio for his height, weight, and length, he plays bigger than his size would indicate and has plenty of positive football traits that should help him earn a spot on a 53-man roster as a rookie. Remigio’s physicality, toughness, route running, and reliable hands, along with his dynamic abilities as a return specialist should help him garner interest from NFL teams as a day-three prospect or priority undrafted free agent.

Draft Projection

Late 6th-Mid 7th

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