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    PFW: Florida safety Reggie Nelson may drop on draft day due to intelligence concerns

    The way we hear it, another player in line for a potential freefall is Florida FS Reggie Nelson.

    Hes a very talented player, one evaluator said. I think hes made nearly 20 visits (to NFL teams) now. Rarely do you see a player take so many trips. It tells you a couple things. One, there are questions about his intelligence. Teams want to put him on the board and see if he understands it. Two, a lot of teams think they will have a chance to draft him and everyone might get at least one pass at him. The last player I remember who took so many visits was Shawntae Spencer, who did not go to the Combine.

    Today, Nelson reportedly is meeting with the Jets, who hold the 25th pick. Nelson, however, will struggle to handle a defensive system like the Jets that asks defenders to learn a new game plan every week, and he will not be drafted by a team that uses a complex scheme. Given that teams expect their free safety to make coverage calls and line up the defense, there is a good chance that Nelson will not only be the fourth safety drafted, behind LaRon Landry, Michael Griffin and Brandon Meriweather, but that he will fall to the second round.

    Intelligence issues in large part pushed Ko Simpson to the fourth round a year ago. It did not stop him from starting all but one game as a rookie in the Bills relatively simple scheme. It should be noted that Brian Dawkins, still one of the top safeties in the game today, entered the league with some similar questions. Nelson will likely have to go to team such as the Eagles, Bears or Colts that does not ask him to do a lot but play the deep middle. He is naturally instinctive but if he is not brought along slowly and is asked to do too much, he could struggle, and as a result, his value is diminishing in the eyes of evaluators.
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    A lot of people, including myself, have Nelson projected in the Top 20 range with potential destinations being Carolina or Jacksonville, but if this story is accurate of how NFL teams feel, it'll be interesting to see where Nelson ultimately ends up.


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    Re: PFW: Florida safety Reggie Nelson may drop on draft day due to intelligence conce

    And also interesting to see how it affects his stock on our Clan Mock. Oh, how perceptions will differ...

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    Re: PFW: Florida safety Reggie Nelson may drop on draft day due to intelligence conce

    is this another case of a guy being overanalysed to the point where a fault is found?

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    Re: PFW: Florida safety Reggie Nelson may drop on draft day due to intelligence conce

    i think even having to have this subject brought up is a shame and a sin , these guy's i know are only recruited to play football , but what the hell is going on when a college graduate , or a junior , in some cases , is thought of as not being intelligent . this is a sad , sad thing that alot of these players can't even speak english as well as foreigners visiting this country , let alone have an intelligent conversation . what happens when these guy's can't play , or can't grasp the system and are cut . they are back on the street with no education and a broken dream , and nothing to do but hit the street and we all know that .

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