At 5'10, Oregon State CB Steven Nelson is just over the Mendoza line for KC Chiefs GM John Dorsey's height for cornerbacks. Nelson, who was selected 98th overall by the Chiefs on Friday night, said he feels comfortable playing inside as a nickel or outside in the Chiefs secondary.
"Physical, real physical," Nelson said when asked to describe his style, via quotes from the Chiefs. "I would definitely say I'm not afraid of anybody because I can play fast. Versatile, I can play any coverage you ask me to. I even have some finesse when it comes down to it. I've been working on my game on the line of scrimmage and down the field as well."
Nelson said he didn't have any contact with the Chiefs before the draft. That's not totally rare but the Chiefs usually have contact with their picks before the draft from what I can tell.
Nelson becomes the second cornerback drafted by the Chiefs after Marcus Peters went in the first round.
"In today's football," Dorsey said after round three, "where the game has actually gotten more outside, you can't have enough good corners on your team. If you can have four or five corners on your team that can play and contribute, you'd like to get as many as you can because that's the way football has changed a little bit here in the last five years."
The Chiefs will have Sean Smith and Phillip Gaines at corner entering 2015, along with first round pick Marcus Peters. Smith is a free agent next season so perhaps the Chiefs are preparing for his exit. I could see Nelson coming in and competing for a nickel spot right away. Those are four cornerbacks the Chiefs like for the 2015 season, along with Jamell Fleming. All of a sudden, things are looking up for the Chiefs at cornerback.