If you’re an NFL Draft junkie like I am, you need to get a subscription to nfldraftscout.com ASAP. It’s so worth the $25 a year, if only for this and the next two months alone.
Here’s what I know – Jordy Nelson, punter Tim Reyer and cornerback Justin McKinney are the only Kansas State football invited to next week’s NFL Combine. McKinney apparently turned heads with his catch-up speed at the Hula Bowl.
The information on Nelson is far easier to come by.
The folks at nfldraftscout.com list Nelson No. 3 among the draft’s risers. At the moment, they rate him as the No. 15 wide receiver available, but they clearly expect that to change.
“… Perhaps the wideout who opened the most eyes with his performance in Mobile was Kansas State’s Jordy Nelson. Nelson went from former walk-on to an All-American as a senior, finishing second in the nation in both receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,606). Many scouts attributed this sudden rise in success to the Wildcats’ passing game, but Nelson’s reliable route-running, hands, and size still have scouts buzzing.”
According to ESPN.com’s Todd McShay, Nelson is in the next group of wideouts after OU’s Malcolm Kelly, Texas’ Limas Sweed, Michigan’s Mario Manningham and Cal’s DeSean Jackson. Overall, McShay has Nelson rated as the No. 12 wideout.
Bucky Brooks, a scout for si.com, has Nelson as his eighth wide receiver overall:
“As a craft route runner with good hands and excellent running skills, Nelson has the potential to excel as a complementary receiver on the next level. Additionally, he is a legitimate dual-threat who excels as a punt returner. Look for Nelson to come off the board in the second round as a team seeks to add a playmaker wit versatile skills.”
As always, if you find some intriguing multi-round mock drafts out there on the Interwebs, send them this way. Well, put the URLs in the comments field below and I’ll check it out.
And there’s this - slightly off track, but still K-State football related.