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J.J. Nelson named one of top late round/undrafted players by PFF

In limited work, he has been extremely productive.

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The Arizona Cardinals have been getting good production out of their late round draft picks since Steve Keim was named as general manager, and this year is no exception. In fact, Pro Football Focus has ranked their top undrafted or late-round rookies and one of the Cardinals' players is among them-- receiver J.J. Nelson.

Drafted in the fifth round out of UAB, Nelson gets the eighth spot with a graded of 78.4 overall.

Nelson (+6.2 pass grade) has seen just 21 targets in his direction, but has made the very most of them. His 3.74 in the yards-per-route-run metric is the league's highest of any player having seen at least 20 targets. The speedster out of UAB is carving out a niche in Arizona's explosive offense as one of Palmer's home-run targets.

He has just 11 catches on the season,  but two scores and a whopping 27.2 yard per reception average.

When he was drafted, pretty much the entire Cardinals community and probably the entire NFL believed they had simply drafted a returner. He has already had much more of an impact in the passing game than most ever imagined.

Has he surpassed your expectations, and what are new expectations for the young speedster?