While initial fears were that Nelson’s tear would require a full surgical repair, doctors delivered good news after surgery. Nelson’s meniscus only needed to be trimmed and cleaned out, which cuts down the recovery time and left Nelson with a timeline of weeks rather than months before he’d be good to go again.
That was enough to keep Nelson right where he was on many draft boards before the injury. The Raiders took Nelson with the 110th overall pick during the fourth round of the draft on Sunday.
Nelson began his college career at Hawaii and transferred to Wisconsin, where he started every game and finished third in the country in pass breakups. His is the latest addition at cornerback in Oakland in an offseason that’s seen Rashaan Melvin, Daryl Worley, Shareece Wright, Leon Hall and Senquez Golson join the team.
He always found a way to play well against teams I was on. I have great respect for guys who’ve taken their teams to the Super Bowl and won them, really that’s what they’re measured by as quarterbacks. And he’s done it. Twice. Not a lot of people can say that. So I felt like I knew him.Confidence in his own ability. Since Shurmur’s first shot at being a head coach, he’s worked with a diverse set of quarterbacks—Mike Vick, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford in Philly, then Teddy Bridgewater, Bradford again and Case Keenum in Minnesota. And through the experience, he was able to make his offense work for different guys in different ways. So that’s the plan here.
“That’s a huge lift, for not only him, but for us,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “To see where he’s come from to where he is and knowing where he might be able to go, it’s beyond inspirational. It’s just exciting. It’s really exciting for him.”
The Steelers took safety Terrell Edmunds with that pick and are expected to use him in a variety of roles that could include some of what Shazier did on defense when he was healthy.
The Patriots are currently in Phase Two of the offseason program. Phase Two began on May 1 and lasts three weeks. In Phase Two, coaches are allowed on the field with players, and individual drills are allowed. Teams are allowed a max of 90 minutes on the field. Contact is not allowed. Offense-versus-defense and one-on-one drills are not permitted, either. Helmets are also banned during Phase Two.