Nick Nelson Draft Profile

Nick Nelson draft profile

Strengths:

  • Known for practice habits and work ethic
  • Plays with good patience from press
  • Took step up in competition from Hawaii to Wisconsin and sustained his ball production
  • Lateral slide quickness to mirror early phases of the release
  • Makes it physical inside the route
  • Maintains feel for receiver and keeps man coverage tight
  • Led nation in 2017 with 21 passes defensed and has 42 for career
  • Cautious from off coverage
  • Doesn’t eat bait easily and is hard to double move
  • Sprints downhill in run support to limit the runner’s angles
  • Has experience as punt returner

Analysis: In 2015, Wisconsin traveled to Hawai’i and beat the Rainbow Warriors 28-0. Nick Nelson was on the losing squad that day, and the Badgers were on his mind when he made the decision to transfer back to the mainland. He met all expectations in his only year in the cardinal-and-white, starting all 14 games and finishing tied for third in the country with 21 passes defended (no interceptions). He was named first-team All-Big Ten after the regular season after being credited with 35 tackles, a blocked kick, and served as the team’s punt returner (24 returns, 206 yards, one touchdown). He is dominant in press coverage, harassing receivers throughout their route making it very difficult to find separation against him. He led the nation in 2017 with 21 passes defensed, but did not tally an interception. He is not easily burned on double moves, showing patience in coverage. Capable returner.

Weaknesses:

  • Is a little tight in opening his hips from a backpedal
  • Needs to trust himself more
  • Penalized 183 yards over last two seasons which includes 12 holding and pass interference penalties
  • Despite ball production, never posted an interception
  • Gets bogged down playing man over ball and will turn it into a wrestling match
  • Allows receivers to gain position on slants
  • Too much arm tackling
  • Tore meniscus during pro day workout

Analysis: Nick Nelson is fairly well-built, but lacks desired height and length for the perimeter and his position fit could be fluid depending on team philosophy and scheme. It is extremely rare for a defender to log over 40 passes defensed during his career and not land a single interception so teams will have to decide how they categorize Nelson’s “ball skills” — especially in light of his high interference numbers. Nelson is a competitor with adequate athleticism as a man cover corner who looks the part of an average NFL starter, but may see his draft grade slip due to his recent injury.

Size: 5’11 200lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Steven Nelson

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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