Steven Nelson, CB

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Warner Robins, GA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 197 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.432.631.5719 34 1/29'7"4.076.88

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.

Nelson stood out in coverage during Senior Bowl practices, showing quick feet, a fluid turning motion and a closing burst. He officially broke up four passes during one practice, consistently undercutting receivers to bat away passes. Nelson has the blend of size and tenacity scouts are looking for in a nickel corner. He does, however, have a tendency to get grabby.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Broad build for a cornerback and he uses his size and aggressive hands well to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Does not concede anything on the field. Plays like the biggest player on the field with supreme confidence and the competitive spirit that allows him to match up with anyone.

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 in 2013 into turnovers. In 2014, helped snap Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong's five-game streak of touchdown catches.

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: Lacks ideal size for the position. 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.

COMPARES TO: Nickel Roby, Broncos -- Nelson is a bigger version of Robey who routinely jumped off the film.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Chiefs' nine picks: Round 3/98 - Steven Nelson, CB, 5-11, 194, Oregon State...The Chiefs think Nelson could possible work into the nickel/slot coverage position in the K.C. defense due to his excellent quickness. He also will see plenty of special teams assignments as well, maybe even returning punts. Nelson holds the Georgia state high school record for punt return touchdowns with 16 at Northside High in Warner-Robins. - The Sports Xchange


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