Shawn Nelson Scouting Report

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Shawn Nelson Scouting Report

Position: TE
Conference: ConferenceUSA
School: Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #1
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 245 lbs.
Drafted 4.21 in 2009 by BUF

2009 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.56
Bench press19
Vertical jump33.0
Broad jump9'7
Three-cone drill6.96

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss

Nelson redshirted in 2004 and then became a full time starter in 2005. He started all of the team's twelve games, recording 35 receptions for 540 yards (15.4 average) and 5 TD. He was voted Offensive MVP of the 2005 New Orleans Bowl. In 2006, Nelson caught 36 balls for 506 yards (14.1) and 3 TD, earning the coaches' selection for Conference USA First Team honors. In his junior campaign, Nelson started twelve of thirteen games recording 33 receptions for 451 yards (13.7) with 5 TD, and was voted to the Conference's Second Team. Nelson is another big TE from a small school. For such a big athlete, he does move very fluid. He is fast (4.60) and explosive off the line; he will reach the second level with ease. While he could break long runs, he seldom does at Southern Miss (which is a concern). His route running is average at best, and his blocking skills (specially the bending of knees) need refinement. It would also do him good to visit the weight room more often. Nelson is a big tight end prospect from a small school. He, with more coaching and experience, could develop into a first rate TE in the NFL. Today, Nelson is rated as a mid-to-late fourth rounder. With another productive season and an impressive post season showing, the Southern Miss product could move up into the middle of the third round.

Last Updated Nov-02-2008 by Raul Colon

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