2014 NFL Draft: Scouting Linebacker Corey Nelson

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The Denver Broncos took linebacker Corey Nelson with their 7th round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft

The Denver Broncos have selected Outside Linebacker Corey Nelson in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Nelson figures to be a weak-side linebacker in the Broncos defense, backing up Danny Trevathan. Look for Nelson to battle for a roster spot, and potentially be a Practice Squad addition.

Year Tackles Loss Sacks Ints Forced Fumbles
2010 21 2.5 0.0 0 0
2011 59 8.5 5.5 0 0
2012 47 3.5 1.0 0 0
2013 27 3.0 1.0 1 0

Corey Nelson

Height: 6'0 Weight: 231 40 Time: 4.60

Bench Press: 23 reps: Broad Jump: 9'9"

20 Yard Shutte: 4.20 seconds 3-Cone Drill: 7.37 seconds

Film Room:

Scouting Report:

Strengths:

  • Speed: Nelson has some good speed and burst to him. Nelson has a tremendous closing burst to the play, and covers a lot of area.
  • Effective In Space: Nelson is effective in space, and relatively instinctive.
  • Three Year Starter: His best year was in 2011 when he 59 tackles, 8.5 for a loss, and 5.5 sacks.
  • Pursuit: Nelson is a run and chase linebacker, and shows he's a sideline to sideline player.

Weaknesses:

  • Small: Nelson is a bit undersized. Is listed at 231lbs, and played at 225 in college.
  • Durability Concerns: Nelson has a small frame like I said previously, and that may lead in injuries in the NFL.
  • Pectoral Injury: Missed the majority of the 2013 season with a pectoral injury.

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