Year: Junior Height: 5’11 Weight: 198 40 Time: 4.48 College Stats: NCAA
BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07)
Round: 1st Rank: 18 Median Draft Position: 17.0 (9 drafts) Lo: 10 Hi: 28 Most Frequent Mock Selection: 17 (Jacksonville – 3 mocks)
BSMW SUMMARY (as of 4/15/07)
The profiles on this consensus All-American say Nelson is an athletic centerfielder and playmaker who also has an aggressive, physical side. He had a great 2006, finishing as a finalist for both the defensive player and defensive back of the year award. He played only two seasons for the Gators because he had to go the JUCO route due to academics. Hasn’t been a good student, and there’s question as to whether he can pick up a complicated defense. On the field, the profiles seem to agree that he’s too much of a collider and not enough of a tackler. Two mocks picked Nelson for the Pats (at #28) but most feel he’ll go somewhere in the mid-to-late teens, perhaps to the Jaguars at 17. Bill Belichick personally worked Nelson out in March. A strong connection to Urban Meyer’s program led Belichick to select two Gators in 2006. The scuttlebutt is that some teams view Nelson as better suited to play corner on the next level; might that be where the Patriots are looking too?
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