Both of the participants in the Shrine Game from the Horns are also two of the most experienced players in this 2019 NFL Draft class. The issue for Nelson and former Texas football redshirt senior tight end Andrew Beck is that they’re fighting to even make an NFL roster. The good news is that both did a lot during the week of the Shrine Game and workouts to make an impact on NFL scouts.
A piece on Beck for the 2019 NFL Draft from 247Sports at least indicated that he is gaining enough attention at the next level to make an NFL roster. That doesn’t mean he’ll be selected in the seven rounds, but Beck should have a leg up given his skill set to make an NFL roster when it’s all said and done.
Beck proved his versatility and blocking prowess in the Shrine Game and the workouts. He also showed some potential in the receiving game, which is big for his stock moving forward. The biggest knock that will consistently fall against Beck is his inability to contribute for an NFL offense in the passing game as a receiver.
But, Beck did take some big strides in the passing game this past season with the Texas offense alongside sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Beck racked up a career-high 28 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. Draft Countdown ranks Beck as the 22nd best tight end in a loaded class for this draft. But, he is making some headway entering the off-season.
Verdict: Stock Up