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2014 NFL Draft: Scouting Linebacker Corey Nelson

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

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

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.