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  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.96 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 240LBS. Weight


A four-year starter and three-time Conference USA honoree, Nelson is one of the more accomplished of a strong senior class of tight ends - and has the athletic upside to improve. Athletic enough to line up in the slot or out of the three-point stance, Nelson has the size and burst teams are looking for in a receiving specialist and the production to back up his potential. A Senior Bowl invitee, Nelson leaves Southern Miss among the most productive pass-catchers in school history with 157 receptions for 2,054 yards and 16 touchdowns. Had an arm span of 34 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine.



Positives: Long, lean, athletic frame capable of handling additional mass without a significant loss of quickness. Good initial quickness off the snap. Good body control and lateral agility to dip and avoid the jam at the line of scrimmage to gain a quick release into his route. At least adequate straight-line speed to challenge the seam. Can sink his hips and shows some burst out of his breaks to gain separation. Flashes the ability to snatch the ball out of the air and contort his body to make the difficult reception. Versatile athlete who lines up out of the three-point stance and in the slot. Good effort as an in-line blocker, though he needs to add strength in this area. Negatives: Lacks the bulk at this time to compete as an in-line blocker. Struggles as a drive blocker and laterally due to a lack of upper body strength. Inconsistent burst out of his breaks as a route-runner. Prone to concentration lapses and will drop easy passes. Lacks the agility in the open field to consistently make defenders miss. Marginal ability to track the ball over his shoulder. In many ways, seems to be the same player as a senior he was a freshman, leading scouts to question if he is either maxed out or lacks the drive to improve.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.