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2014 NFL Draft Profile: CB Robert Nelson

Nelson could be a player flying under the radar

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Robert Nelson has heard from a few NFL teams but word is out that he may be one of the more underrated cornerbacks in the draft. He's undersized but his play for Arizona State last season speaks for itself.

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 175

College career: It's been a long road for Nelson who transferred to Arizona State from Louisiana-Monroe and had to sit out a full season. He had 16 tackles in his first year on the field for the Sun Devils in 2012 and finished out the year strong with interceptions against Arizona in the Territorial Cup game and against Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Nelson stepped his game up in 2013 leading the Arizona State with a team-leading six interceptions and had 57 tackles as well earning him a spot on the first team all-Pac-12

Strengths: Nelson ran a 4.46 40-yard dash and had a 36-inch vertical leap at the Arizona State pro day. He's clearly showing a desire to play at the next level given that he's added 10 pounds and is eating six meals a day now. He is undersized but his film against Oregon State and Brandin Cooks is impressive and he has good movement in his hips when he turns with the wide receiver.

Weaknesses: Nelson is undersized and he only saw two years of action against top-tier Division I competition. As was the case for most of the Sun Devils secondary he has issues tackling larger receivers in open space. He also has very antsy feet and doesn't flow well towards the ball. He relies more on his eyes than his instincts.

Outlook: A very good chance that someone takes a chance on Nelson. His stock is trending up as of late after his pro day and word is getting out that he could be a late round steal (Not Tom Brady but still a solid late round choice).

Round Projection: 7th

Prediction: 7th round (253 overall) to the Atlanta Falcons