In terms of what a player could prove in a limited spotlight for Shrine Game workouts, former Texas football senior defensive tackle Chris Nelson did all he could earlier this month. A defensive tackle that racked up 39 total tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss in a key spot for the Horns front seven should be getting more hype for this draft.
For Shrine Game workouts, Nelson proved to have an aptitude for getting off the line of scrimmage quickly and using his compact frame to surprise opposing linemen. Nelson did start to get some attention from NFL teams over the course of Shrine Game week. He flew under the radar in his time with the Horns, so now is the time for him to standout.
Entering the 2018 regular season, The Draft Analyst projected Nelson as an undrafted free agent. That projection could still hold true, but Nelson definitely made himself noticed in the Shrine Game. But, that was before the 2018 campaign began, and Nelson showed a ton of toughness, durability, and power in numerous venues since then.
A late rise up draft boards could come through for Nelson if he continues to prove his worth during workouts leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft. In a deep pool of defensive tackle for this draft class, Nelson is ranked in the top 35 by Draft Scout. A selection in the later rounds of this upcoming NFL Draft is withing the realm of possibility for Nelson.
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