Wisconsin cornerback headed to the NFL Draft?

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The cornerback class for the 2018 NFL Draft will be top-heavy with underclassmen. The way we hear it, another junior will soon throw his hat in the ring and deepen the pool of talent.

Draft Analyst has learned Wisconsin junior cornerback Nick Nelson is telling people close to him, including teammates, that he will enter the 2018 draft and is close to choosing an agent. Nelson, a Week 10 riser, started as a freshman and sophomore for the University of Hawaii before transferring to Wisconsin and redshirting in 2016. 

He started 12 games for the Badgers this season, posting 34 tackles and breaking up 20 passes. Nelson also was the primary punt returner at Wisconsin, averaging 8.45 yards on 22 returns with one score.

The junior is well built and plays aggressive football, displaying solid ball skills and the ability to line up in man coverage. He may not hit the magical 6-foot mark when measured, but Nelson projects as a mid-round selection.