- BProjectionRound 3-4
- YearRS Junior
- Hand9 ⅞
- Arm34 ⅞
Strong Points: Tall with length. Good athlete for his size. Plays with strength and power. Good hand use. Reads and reacts well. Makes plays as a run defender and a pass rusher. Competitive individual who plays hard every snap. Flashes some moves as a pass rusher.
Weak Points: Not a quick-twitch player. Lacks speed and suddenness. Must add weight. Limited burst to close off of blocks.
The Way We See It: Nelson was a very solid college football player, but there is no special to him. He is a great competitor, leaving it all on the field every rep. He makes plays on effort and technique. After playing left end for Iowa, his NFL meal ticket could be bulking up to 285 pounds and moving inside. He looks and plays like a natural 5-technique with his long arms and ability to 2-gap. Nelson might also be able to play as a 3-tech, but he doesn't have the quick twitch that clubs covet on the edges. Nelson reminds me a bit of Penn State product Carl Nassib, who was the 65th overall pick in 2016. They have similar size and athleticism, but Nassib was slightly more explosive entering the NFL.