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BTB:Cowboys Draft Prospects: Jonathan Nelson and Collin Zych

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. cowboyjoe

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    Cowboys Draft Prospects: Jonathan Nelson and Collin Zych
    by rabblerousr on Apr 18, 2011 3:00 PM CDT in Dallas Cowboys 2011 Draft


    Today, our series of draft profiles features a low-round twofer: a pair of safety types who aren't likely to hear their names called until the third day of the draft, if at all. The players in question both visited Valley Ranch on the recent "Dallas Day" for regional prospects: Jonathan Nelson is a Big 12 product from Oklahoma; Harvard's Collin Zych (pronounced "zitch") is a local boy who attended Plano East. We'll start with Nelson, who earned all-conference honorable mention last season for the Sooners. Perhaps Nelson's two most memorable contests came against Texas A&M, where he registered 11 tackles, and Cincinnati, when he made a game-turning play, chasing down Bearcats WR DJ Woods from behind after a 69-yard reception, and forcing a fumble at the OU nine-yard line that was recovered by Quinton Carter in the Sooner end zone.

    Nelson is a high-character guy. He made the All-Big 12 Academic second team and appears to be a good man away from the game: he has done a lot of charity work, especially working with troubled or at-risk kids. A video of that work can be found here.The question is: does he have enough character to overcome some physical limitations and soft spots in his game? Before we speculate about this, lets see what some of our favorite Internet scouting geniuses have to say about Nelson:


    The Sporting News (Russ Lande) 25th-rated safety; overall unknown (not in top 99)
    Strengths: Is a tough, aggressive safety who doesn’t hesitate to come up and hit big ballcarriers. Reads the run well and moves upfield very quickly in run support. Will fight through blocks to make tackles. When he stays under control, he can make strong tackles with good technique. Shows excellent hustle chasing down ballcarriers across the field or downfield. Does a good job of reading the quarterback and closes quickly and aggressively on passes in front of him. Doesn’t hesitate to blow up receivers after the ball arrives.
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