NFP Prospect Focus: Senquez Golson and Steve Nelson

In the NFL Draft, the one thing you can count on most years is that in the first three rounds of the draft, there will be around 12 to 15 corners drafted. This has been going on for over 10 years now and it’s mainly because offenses often play multiple receivers. Often, teams use five and six defensive backs with the extra players being corners. That said, clubs can never have too many. Two corners who may not get drafted in the first two rounds but could very well be drafted by the time the third round is over are Senquez Golson of Ole Miss and Steve Nelson of Oregon State. Senquez Golson – Mississippi Golson is a fun player to watch on tape. He is a feisty competitor who makes plays. He has been a two-year starter at Ole Miss and has been consistently productive throughout his career. His ball skills are equal to any corner in the draft with 16 career interceptions including 10 this past season. The good news is Golson is plenty athletic, having run 4.46 at the combine. He also timed well in the 3–cone drill with a 6.81 time. He showed some explosiveness with his 10’ standing long jump. The bad news is his size. He is about 5’9 – 176 and being that he is under 5’10, there will be some clubs that will have him off their board. Regardless of size, he can play. He can play, press off and zone equally well. He is instinctive and shows awareness in coverage. His transition is excellent and he times his break well. He is willing in run support and an above average tackler but will miss some. He is a tough guy who plays bigger than his size and competes. He can come in and play right away as a nickel corner for most teams. Has eventual starter talent, but some teams will say no due to his lack of height. Steve Nelson – Oregon State Nelson is another fun player to watch on tape. He lacks ideal size (5’10 – 190) but he runs well (4.49) and has very good quickness and change of direction. At Indy he 6.80 3-cone and a 4.00 20 yard shuttle. His 34.5” vertical jump showed his explosiveness. While he may lack ideal size, he is a physical player and a sure tackler. The former junior college transfer had 122 total tackles during his two year stay at Oregon State. He also possesses very good ball skills with eight interceptions the past two seasons. Nelson likes to play press, has a good jam, and shows the ability to mirror his opponent through moves. He is equally proficient in zone and off coverage. Being 5’10 and having shorter arms can limit him versus taller receivers. I see him being a starting nickel corner by year two, and he should also develop into a core special teams players. While he may not have great size, he is strong (19 reps of 225) and he will hit. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe  

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