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RHETT NELSON
Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: Colorado St.
Conference: MWC
Ht., Wt.: 6'0, 200
40 Time: 4.39
Grade: 3.06

BIO: Two-year starter and second team All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 52 tackles, picking off three passes and defending 11 more. Suffered through a major shoulder injury the prior two seasons which forced him to the sidelines during most of the campaigns and produced only 20 tackles as a junior and 16 as a sophomore. Excels on special teams and has blocked multiple kicks in the past.

POSITIVES: Athletic defensive back with outstanding size-speed numbers. Quick reading or anticipating opposing QBs, plays assignment football and displays both closing speed. Physical and mixes it up, aggressively attacking his duties on special teams.

NEGATIVES: Stiff back pedal, lacks the great break on the pass and has difficulty backed off the line of scrimmage. Durability has been an issue and hampered development.

ANALYSIS: Computer numbers alone make him worth a look and a solid developmental prospect if it can stay on the field.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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