Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Matthew Nelson

Defensive tackle
School: Iowa | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-7.2 / 295 | 40: 5.05 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
3.09
Projected Round
FA
Pos: 
Tall, explosive interior defender with an underrated game. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step and quickly diagnoses the action. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt, occupies blockers very well and plays with proper pad level. Intelligent, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and knocks away passes if he cannot get to the quarterback. Plays tough, slug-it-out football.
Neg: 
Average strength. Gets handled at the point by a single blocker. Doesn't seem to have the sheer athleticism to line up in a three-man front. Must physically fill out.
Analysis: 
Nelson has decent computer numbers and large upside but must physically mature before he's truly ready to step onto the field at the next level. He offers potential as a conventional defensive tackle or a defensive end in a 3-4 alignment that implements two-gap techniques.