A forgotten prospect due to injury, Nicholson was a model of consistency as a true freshman and sophomore starting cornerback for the Cavaliers, earning All-American and All-Conference honors. But five games into the 2013 season, he was sidelined with a turf toe injury that required offseason surgery.
Nicholson played in only one game in 2014 as the toe injury continued to bother him, missing 18 of the last 19 games at Virginia. He received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for one final season of eligibility in 2015 and if spring practice is any indication, Nicholson is healthy and ready to compete as a senior.
He lacks elite size for the position, but is a pesky cover man with instincts and ballskills that will give him a chance at the next level. Turf toe injuries have been known to end careers so a healthy senior year is imperative for Nicholson's pro evaluation.
08/19/2014 - Other Virginia prospects to watch in 2014: CB Demetrious Nicholson...Before suffering a season-ending injury against Ball State (fifth game) last year, Nicholson had played 96 percent of Virginia's defensive plays since the first defensive snap of 2011 when he started at corner as a true freshman. As a sophomore in 2012, Nicholson led the ACC (tie) with 15 passes defensed, and finished fourth on the team that year with 56 tackles, starting all 12 games. Nicholson's quickness and natural cover skills could earn him a spot on an NFL roster as a nickel option, if he's able to fully rebound from the injury and put up a strong senior campaign. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com