One thing that makes the NFL Draft fun is when you see a player and know that they are going to be liked by certain coaches.
Jess Root and I talked about J.J. Nelson being one of those players before the NFL Combine even occurred in 2015, simply because he was one of the fastest players that would take the field.
The issue was always, could his size, stature, frame, hold up in the NFL?
Well, you can’t kill what you can’t catch, and those are the words that Nelson is not only living by in the NFL, but thriving under.
He has scored touchdowns in the last four games and in his last nine games he has 26 catches for 442 yards and five receiving touchdowns to go along with one rushing touchdown.
He is likely not going to be a WR1 for any team, but he is a constant threat every time he steps on the field. Someone NFL defenses have to plan for.
The problem, how do you plan for speed?
For the Seattle defensive backs, they didn’t have a plan for it as Nelson torched the secondary to the tune of 3 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.
Takes a cheap shot on Gresham, gets toasted by J.J. Nelson... pic.twitter.com/b3Bz7Z5bUG— Seth (@SCoxFB) December 24, 2016
How many players make Sherman dance like this? Good work, J.J. Nelson pic.twitter.com/HlNYXQbLcB— Seth (@SCoxFB) December 26, 2016
Nelson has turned into exactly what the Arizona Cardinals needed him to be, someone that can be counted on heading into the 2017 season.