Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Andrew Nelson

Tackle
School: Penn State | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-5.5 / 305 | 40: 5.17 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
2.80
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Two-year starter whose role diminished in his final season at Penn State due to recurring knee problems. Played five games in 2017 after starting six in 2016 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Made eight starts between left and right tackle during his sophomore season. Started all 13 games as a redshirt freshman, 11 at right guard and two at left tackle.
Pos: 
Once-highly rated tackle prospect who struggled with injury last season. Fires off the snap, quickly gets out to the second level and shows the ability to adjust to blitzes and redirect to linebackers. Correctly places his hands into opponents, stays square and keeps his feet moving. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and blocks with proper pad level.
Neg: 
Has a thin build, lacks overall strength and struggles finishing blocks. Struggled to see any action at all last season.
Analysis: 
We graded Nelson as a potential mid-round choice entering the season, but injuries and other factors hurt his progress. He moves toward the draft as a major question mark but should get a chance on a practice squad to get back on track, as he offers a great amount of upside potential.