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Steven Nelson, CB

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Warner Robins, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 195 lbs.
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Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Nelson has a broad build for a cornerback and he uses his size and aggressive hands well to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Nelson has a second-gear to close when the ball is in the air and shows excellent hand-eye coordination to make the tough interception, turning six of his 14 passes defensed a year ago into turnovers.

Nelson plays the run well also, aggressively fighting through blockers and taking on bigger ball-carriers with no hesitation. He breaks down patiently and makes ballcarriers commit before closing efficiently to make the physical wrap-up tackle.

WEAKNESSES: Too aggressive, at times, fighting with receivers as they go downfield but doesn't rely on his hands to cover due to the fact that he is a fluid athlete, who turns efficiently and accelerates smoothly.

--Rob Rang (7/18/14)

Player Overview

Nelson signed with Oregon State as a celebrated JUCO transfer after an impressive tour of duty at the College of the Sequoias where he registered 71 tackles, 19 passes broken up and six interceptions in two seasons. Nelson wasted little time proving a fit with the Beavers, earning a starting role almost immediately and setting an OSU record with four interceptions in the first four games of the 2013 season, including a game-winning pick-six with 2:31 remaining against San Diego State.

Pac-12 quarterbacks may have greater success against Nelson with a year to learn his tendencies but his debut in the conference was impressive, earning him honorable mention honors. If the press-corner can duplicate his success in 2014, he'll earn better recognition from media and the NFL, alike.

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08/10/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: Steven Nelson, Oregon State, DB...Nelson, who transferred to Oregon State in 2013, earned a starting spot five games into last season. He recorded six interceptions on the season to tie for seventh in the nation including a game-winning touchdown return in the waning moments at San Diego State. He led the Beavers' cornerbacks with 62 tackles despite starting only nine games and earned Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention. - Oregon State football

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