Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Raiders get the steal in draft with Nick Nelson


In the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft Raiders selected CB Nick Nelson out of Wisconsin, it was a pick that could be the biggest hidden gem in Oakland Raiders draft.
Nick Nelson started his college career at Hawaii University in 2014, in his first year Nelson played in 10 games with eight starts at cornerback.Nelson recorded 36 total tackles, including 31 solo stops, logged six pass breakups and a forced fumble. Nick Nelson was only getting started though as the next season he started all 13 games at cornerback and delivered 56 total tackles, 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble and one sack. Nelson did not get any interceptions mostly because opposing QB's would stop throwing his way.  Nelson would then move onto Wisconsin, after redshirting in 2016 (NCAA rules) Nelson recorded 35 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 21 pass deflections for the Badgers in 2017.  The 21 pass break ups set a single season record. Nelson would also return punts for the Badgers. 24 punts returned for 206 yards and that includes one that went for a touchdown against Michigan. Wisconsin had an amazing defense in 2017, in fact they ended up ranked 2nd nationally in total defense.
After the season Nelson got an invite to the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and jumped 123.0 inches on the broad jump.
Team scouts liked Nelson's play on the field despite him not having 1 interception Nelson broke up passes and was a solid tackler who had very good instincts. Nelson, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds was seen by most scouts 2nd rounder.

Then the pre draft workouts started which would send Nelsons draft stock from a potential 2nd rounder all the way to a 4th round selection. During a private workout for the Detroit Lions disaster struck as Nick Nelson would end up with a torn meniscus, a knee injury that would require surgery which was done on April 17th by Dr James Andrews.
Nelson would have to watch the draft while on crutches and see just how much this injury would affect him. Teams who loved him before the freak injury now were taking him off their boards or moving him late into the draft. Raiders though always had Nelson high on their boards. In the Raiders "war room" they watched teams pass up on Nelson due to the injury and surgery.

 Raiders watched closely as Nelson was still there in the 4th round, they knew they had the 10th pick (110th overall) and they already knew who they were selecting if he was still there but there was some doubts. Raiders thought perhaps Panthers could roll the dice and take Nelson with the very first pick in the 4th round (101 overall) but instead they took a Tight End. The next logical team that could take Nelson would be Washington who picked right before Raiders at the 109th overall selection but luckily for the Raiders that didn't happen as Washington took a safety instead.
Raiders had their guy, the same guy that was on their board when they entered the draft. Raiders did not hesitate at all with this one. As an employee said in the room "We got our guy" Raiders selected Nelson quickly.

Now it's up to Nelson to show all 31 other teams they made a mistake of not selecting him. The surgery went perfect for Nick, in fact the time table for him to be 100% ready to go is fairly soon. He should be ready to go full speed with pads by training camp. Could this be the steal of the draft? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, Raiders never gave up on Nick Nelson.

1 comment:

PedroDog006 said...

Great Job Stephen Michaels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great fuckin article!!!!!!!!!!! Very excited about this kid Nelson. I hope for the Raiders he is an absolute stud and steal yo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Orale Raiders Daily Elite and Raider Nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :)

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