Nelson began his career in the secondary, but never saw the field. He was switched to receiver and had a solid first year at that spot. As a sophomore, he caught 45 passes for 669 and eight touchdowns. He battled injuries as a junior but still caught 39 balls for 547 yards and one touchdown. Nelson had a huge senior year, earning various all american honors after caching 122 passes for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Nelson has very good size, and is physical on the field. He is not afraid to go over the middle and make the catch and is tough to bring down when he has the ball in his hands. He has good athleticism and shows the ability to adjust to the ball in the air, which with his size should make him a solid red zone target. Nelson has good straightline speed and can get down the field vertically.
Nelson lacks the change of direction skills to be a real playmaker, which limits his upside. He needs to be sharper out of his cuts to consistently get open, because he cannot rely on his physical skill at the next level.
Nelson is a solid receiver that could become a nice intermediate threat. He has the speed to outrun defenders if he has room to run, but he will not make something out of nothing. He would be a solid selection the middle rounds in April.