NFL Draft Preview: Nick Nelson

Nick Nelson's short tenure with the Wisconsin Badgers was highlighted by his ability to stay with receivers and break up passing lanes. After transferring in from Hawai'i, Nelson was able to receive coaching from NFL veteran and Wisconsin legend Jim Leonhard.

During the pre-NFL Draft process, Nelson suffered a knee injury in a private workout for the Detroit Lions. While the injury was not as serious as initially expected, and won't keep Nelson out of training camp, the question heading into the NFL Draft is whether that injury will affect where he's drafted.

Productive, competent defensive backs are tough to come by in the NFL, and a team can never have enough. That's why Nelson is expected to go in the top few rounds of the NFL Draft this week. Draft Analysis:

On paper, Nelson doesn't necessarily jump out as a NFL cornerback. His size and speed are average and in 35 career starts at the college level, he didn't record an interception. He did get his hands on the football with 42 pass breakups and his tape shows a much more talented player than the raw measurements.|Nelson diagnoses routes quickly to shadow and stay in position to pounce. His football IQ is evident in his ability to bracket and time his attack on the catch point. Nelson made his mark on special teams for the Badgers, returning a punt for a touchdown and blocking a kick in 2017. PROJECTION: Third-fourth round

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