Photo of Corey Nelson
Drafted By: Broncos
Grade
4.8 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

2013: Started the first five games this season before suffering partially torn pectoral muscle that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown against Notre Dame. 2012: Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. 2011: Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. Led linebackers with 5.5 sacks. 2010: Played in all 14 games on special teams and as a reserve linebacker.

Analysis

Strengths

Good short-area burst and closing speed. Triggers quickly downhill. Intriguing blitz potential. Solid special teams contributor from the time he arrived on campus. Has leadership traits.

Weaknesses

Has small hands and short arms. Average instincts. Can be sidestepped and eluded in space and needs to improve as a tackler. Gets lost in traffic inside. Not stout at the point of attack and can be overwhelmed and Velcroed by big-bodied blockers. Overall tightness shows in his body, as correlated in marginal 4.48-second 20-yard shuttle time. Has been slowed by injuries and long-term durability is a concern.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A high-motor, undersized, speed linebacker whose senior season was cut short by a pectoral injury. Will have to carve a niche on special teams to stick on a roster and will struggle to stay healthy in a linebacking role as he did in college.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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.

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