The cat is out of the bag. I have revealed my rookie crush for new Chiefs DB, Steven Nelson. If you are not as familiar with him, he is a defensive back the Chiefs selected in the third round in this year's NFL Draft. Steven played two years at The College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California to help better his studies before transferring to Oregon State. Sometimes, people think a junior college player may not be as accomplished; but that was not the case here. After completing his studies, Oklahoma and USC, amongst others, offered him scholarships. Nelson chose the Oregon State Beavers.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="444"] Nelson looks to add to the Chiefs secondary in 2015[/caption]
I have not spoken to him; but when we drafted him, I wanted to learn all about him. Ever since I started my introduction to scouting class, I have added watching game film to my analysis, and when I put on the tape, I came away with the following: Nelson is a physical corner and will make anyone work for a catch. He high points the ball well when playing against much bigger opponents. For instance, he held former Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong without a touchdown catch. In 2013, out of 14 passes defended, six were interceptions. In 2014, he had two interceptions. Remember Chief fans, six interceptions during the 2014 season. Yes, we need guys with ball skills. In addition, he has good run coverage. He will wrap up and effectively tackle the ball carrier. He did not miss a tackle last year at Oregon State.
Nelson is quick, however; if Phillip Dorsett has him beat, he will not be able to catch him. He has good game speed though. He looks faster than a 4.4 40-yard dash on tape. I don’t know about you; but a good friend who is now a coach told me once, "Sometimes you may not be the fastest or most skilled, but if you are prepared to work, game on." I'm not saying he is the next Deion Sanders, but I do see Steven has good, natural instincts. He will, no doubt, make some mistakes, but he was taken because he has great football character and good instincts. He wants to be a great football player. Adding him and Marcus Peters to a secondary with Phillip Gaines and Sean Smith can only help. He is wearing #20. Remember that, you will need it when you place your order for a Chiefs' @Nelson_island jersey.
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Millissa Beaton is a graduate of National Football Post's Introduction to Scouting and Scouting Boot Camp. Follow her on Twitter @SportsWizard28
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