This is the Chiefs second third round pick in this draft. NFL Network's Charles Davis really liked this pick when announcing it. Here's his NFL.com profile:
Nelson is tailor-made for the Tampa-2 scheme. An aggressive, physical player in run support who can also limit yards after catch underneath, Nelson does his best work in off coverage. As long as he can keep everything in front of him, Nelson should be able to compete for a starting spot in the league.
Nelson is the second defensive back taken in this draft. Washington CB Marcus Peters was selected in the first round. Clearly this is a position the Chiefs felt they needed to bulk up on heading into the 2015 season and beyond. Nelson is 5'10 which is a little shorter than most of the Chiefs cornerbacks so I wonder what they have in mind for him.
The Chiefs remaining needs include inside linebacker, defensive end and ... wide receiver? Or is Chris Conley enough?
What to know about the Chiefs draft (so far)
Chiefs remaining picks
Round 1 (18) No. 18 overall (Washington CB Marcus Peters)
Round 2: (17) No. 49 overall (Missouri OL Mitch Morse)
Round 3: (16) No. 76 overall (Georgia WR Chris Conley)
Round 3: (34) No. 98 overall (Oregon State DB Steven Nelson)
Round 4: (19) No. 118 overall
Round 5: (36) No. 172 overall (Compensatory)
Round 5: (37) No. 173 overall (Compensatory)
Round 6: (17) No. 193 overall (traded to Vikings)
Round 6: (42) No. 217 overall (Compensatory)
Round 7: (16) No. 233 overall
*Note that Chiefs comp picks can not be traded.
2015 NFL Draft schedule
Friday, May 1 - 6 p.m. CT (Round 2 - 7 Minutes, Round 3 - 5 Minutes Per Pick)
Saturday, May 2 - 11 a.m. CT (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
TV: NFL Network and ESPN / ESPN2
Streaming online: NFL.com