Photo of Steven Nelson
Drafted By: Chiefs
  • Round 3
  • Pick 34
  • Overall 98

Combine Results

5.47 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.88 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.52 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Mighty Mouse; he challenged vertically with the height. But, he will fight you on every single snap. This guy competes on every single snap." -- Charles Davis

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 197LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


Selected second-team All-Pac-12 in 2014 and was selected to 2015 Senior Bowl, where he finished the game with 4 tackles and two passes broken up. In 2013, selected honorable mention All-Pac-12. Played at College of the Sequoias in 2011 and 2012 after failing to qualify academically. Played football and ran 4x100 relay while at College of the Sequoias. In high school, selected All-Middle Georgia as a defensive back with seven interceptions and All-Middle Georgia return specialist with seven punt returns for touchdowns. Favorite player is Charles Woodson.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.49 and 4.54 seconds



Highly competitive. Very physical and aggressive for the position. Focused and consistent when asked to jam at the line. Excels as downhill player. Displays closing burst and ball skills to consistently contest passes (24 passes defensed over last two seasons). Won't give an inch when big running backs are bearing down on him around the corner. Wraps up and finishes as tackler. Fights to disengage and attack bubble screens.


Doesn't have fluid hips to turn and chase if beaten off the line of scrimmage. Scouts believe tape shows below-average football intelligence and a lack of speed. Labored backpedal. Panics in man coverage and will get grabby (second-most penalized senior cornerback). Doesn't have length or fluidity to play in trail coverage.

Draft Projection

Round 4

Sources Tell Us

"He loves to compete and get at receivers to test their toughness, but he's got to get under control and be more disciplined to start in the league." -- Pac-12 offensive assistant coach

Bottom Line

Nelson is tailor-made for the Tampa-2 scheme. An aggressive, physical player in run support who can also limit yards after catch underneath, Nelson does his best work in off coverage. As long as he can keep everything in front of him, Nelson should be able to compete for a starting spot in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
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.