Identify: Anthony Nelson
School: University of Iowa
Weight: 271 lbs
2018 stat line: 13 online games, 45 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 1 fumble restoration
Merge quantities: 4.82 40-property sprint, 18 bench push reps, 35.5” vertical, 118” broad, 6.95 3-cone drill, 4.23 limited shuttle
Edge rusher was not observed as a genuine have to have for the Cowboys going into the offseason. DeMarcus Lawrence was the stud on the still left stop of the line (supposing his re-signing) and amongst Tyrone Crawford, Randy Gregory, Taco Charlton, and Dorance Armstrong Jr., the team experienced sufficient of a rotation to get generation on the right aspect.
But now Gregory’s suspension may throw all that up in the air. It’s feasible that the team thinks Crawford, Charlton, and Armstrong are ample on their personal, or they could appear to sign someone in cost-free company. Gregory could possibly even be ready to return in time for 2019, also. But it’s also feasible that Dallas appears to draft an edge rusher in a draft course that is pretty deep with expertise.
That’s wherever Iowa’s Anthony Nelson fits in. As can be observed by his frame, Nelson is a enormous body on the stop of the line, and that could possibly be what draws the Cowboys to him specified how they value size from their edge rushers. But if you’re thinking Nelson is some athletic freak of character, not very. Rather, Nelson is a go rush technician in Bigfoot’s body.
I’ll get the negatives out of the way initially. Athleticism is an challenge for Nelson. His burst and initially move off the snap is average at finest. Nelson does a very good task of timing the snap to make up for this deficiency but the point is that Nelson will most likely hardly ever just operate by his blocker. Nelson is also really tight in his hips and doesn’t display screen a great deal of bend, usually having poor angles that will get him in problems versus greater NFL tackles.
But Nelson does a great deal of the fundamentals definitely, definitely nicely, and that is wherever his charm lies. Even though there is not a lot athleticism driving his frame, he utilizes each inch and pound when he plays. Nelson packs a potent punch and tends to make fantastic use of his extensive arms (measured at 34 7/8” at the blend) to get comprehensive extension versus tackles. He does a definitely very good task of receiving off blocks also, and has demonstrated very good patience in doing so versus the operate.
When dashing the passer, Nelson has a definitely very good repertoire of go rush moves. His finest and most often utilized shift is a bull rush, which is most successful because of his measurement and size. Towards smaller sized tackles, Nelson confirmed an ability to generate them straight again with the bull rush. But he also has numerous other moves with his arms that he can use and stack on leading of his bull rush, giving some flexibility to his go rush prowess.
In this draft course, there are a great deal of gamers with tons of athletic upside who just have to have to work on the fundamentals, but Nelson is the actual opposite. He’s really technically audio and even delivers fantastic size that he utilizes nicely, but the tape displays a deficiency of elite athleticism. He did support himself at the blend with his 40 time, as nicely as the 3-cone drill and limited shuttle, and finds himself on the border of an early day 3 variety to day two variety.
If the Cowboys obtained him, they’d be receiving a fantastic edge rusher who can lead in the two operate and go downs. Perhaps the access to the type of strength and conditioning software the Cowboys have can increase Nelson’s athleticism, but as it stands Nelson comes into the NFL with a pretty higher flooring. He can come in and lead to this go rush immediately.