Biography: Three-year starter who also saw action with the first team at linebacker as a redshirt freshman. Senior totals included 78 tackles/1 interception/4 pass breakups after 70 tackles and five passes broken up the prior year.
Positives: Tough run-defending safety who is best playing downhill. Keeps the action in front of him, stays with assignments and displays the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays. Effectively picks up assignments in zone, plays with an aggressive nature and quickly gets up the field to defend the run. Solid wrap-up tackler. Sells out on the blitz.
Negatives: Lacks closing and recovery speed. Better facing the action and struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: Nelson is a productive run-defending defender who will get looks at a traditional strong safety position in the NFL.
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