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Nesta Jade Silvera

Nesta Jade Silvera
No. 99 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (2000-01-23) January 23, 2000 (age 24)
Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:American Heritage (FL)
College:Miami (FL) (2018–2021)
Arizona State (2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 7 / Pick: 231
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:2
Player stats at PFR

Nesta Jade Silvera (born January 23, 2000) is an American football defensive tackle for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Miami and Arizona State and was selected by the Raiders in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Early years

Silvera grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida.[1] He attended American Heritage School and helped them win back-to-back state championships and compile 27 straight wins.[2] He was a consensus four-star recruit and compiled 79 tackles, 25 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks as a senior, being named by USA Today the Florida High School Defensive Player of the Year.[1][3] He was selected for the Under Armour All-America Game and was ranked by 247Sports as the 54th-best prospect nationally.[1][4] Silvera committed to play college football for the Miami Hurricanes over various other offers.[5] Silvera is of Panamanian and Jamaican descent.[6]

College career

In his first season at Miami, Silvera appeared in 10 games and posted 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and a blocked punt.[7] He missed the first four matches in 2019 due to an injury, but returned for the final nine and finished the year having totaled 19 tackles with a single sack.[7] Silvera became a starter in 2020, appearing in 11 games, all but one of which he started, and recording 35 tackles with 8.0 tackles-for-loss, being named honorable mention all-conference.[7] He remained a starter in 2021, tallying 38 tackles with 8.5 tackles-for-loss.[7]

Silvera transferred to Arizona State for the 2022 season.[8] In his only season there, he started 10 of the 12 games in which he appeared, making 56 tackles and 4.5 tackles-for-loss.[7] He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine after his graduation, being the only Arizona State player selected.[7][9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
304 lb
(138 kg)
32+78 in
(0.84 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
5.16 s 1.77 s 2.93 s 29.5 in
(0.75 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
21 reps

Silvera was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders in the seventh round (231st overall) of the 2023 NFL draft.[12] He made his NFL debut in Week 4 of his rookie season, posting one tackle.[13] He was released on December 20 and re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[14][15] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 8, 2024.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "NFL Draft Profile: Nesta Jade Silvera, Defensive Lineman, Arizona State Sun Devils". Sports Illustrated. October 5, 2022. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  2. ^ Gardner, Michelle (October 21, 2022). "Newcomer Nesta Jade Silvera emerging as a key defender on Arizona State defensive front". The Arizona Republic.
  3. ^ Furones, David (December 27, 2017). "Nesta Silvera of American Heritage wins Florida's Defensive Player of the Year in USA Today". South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
  4. ^ Furones, David (July 6, 2017). "Heritage DT Nesta Silvera nets UA All-America invite". South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
  5. ^ Degnan, Susan Miller (April 29, 2023). "Former Miami DT Nesta Jade Silvera (Arizona State) drafted by Raiders in seventh round". Miami Herald.
  6. ^ "Raiders represent heritage with helmet decals". Las Vegas Raiders.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Garrett, Tommy (April 18, 2023). "Nesta Jade Silvera, DT, Arizona State | NFL Draft Scouting Report". Pro Football Network.
  8. ^ Haller, Doug (January 20, 2022). "What Arizona State is getting in Miami defensive tackle transfer Nesta Jade Silvera". The Athletic.
  9. ^ Furtado, Noah (April 29, 2023). "Nesta Jade Silvera selected by Raiders in seventh round of NFL Draft". 247Sports.
  10. ^ "Nesta Jade Silvera Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved May 2, 2023.
  11. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Nesta Jade Silvera College Football Profile". Retrieved May 2, 2023.
  12. ^ Mosher, Marcus (April 29, 2023). "Raiders select Arizona State DT Nesta Jade Silvera at No. 231". USA Today.
  13. ^ "Nesta Jade Silvera Career Game Log".
  14. ^ Damien, Levi. "Raiders cut 7th round rookie DT Nesta Jade Silvera". Raiders Wire. Retrieved December 21, 2023.
  15. ^ Champion, Aidan. "Raiders Sign Nesta Jade Silvera to the Practice Squad". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 23, 2023.
  16. ^ "Raiders announce 15 Reserve/Future signings". January 8, 2024.
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