Nelson posted 80 tackles as a junior, but his momentum came crashing to a halt when he had to sit out 2013 as a redshirt due to academics. The Glenpool, OK native had started 39 consecutive games for Tulsa.
In his first game back in 2014 against Tulane, Nelson had 8 solo tackles and an interception as the Golden Huricane beat the Green Wave 38-31 in double overtime.
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Nelson finished 2014 with 73 tackles and an interception. He ran a 4.58 in the 40 against the wind at his Pro Day. While showing average athleticism at his Pro Day, Nelson put up a ton of stats as a starter for 4 years at Tulsa and he was very durable.
Nelson might have shown some signs of being out of football for a year. He barely topped 30" in his vertical jump at his Pro Day and he didn't wow anyone in the other drills. He will have to get in the shape of his life to make an impression if he gets invited to camp.
Nelson is not likely to get drafted. He will have to work his way on a team as a free agent. The good news is Nelson has proven he can overcome odds. As a running back coming out of high school, Tulsa was his only scholarship offer. He immediately made an impact at safety as a true freshman. With so many teams cutting players due to salary constraints, there are plenty of opportunities for rookies that are making the league minimum.