Wisconsin Badgers fans know Scotty Nelson well. Nelson was a four-year starter for the Badgers at free safety. Athleticism and talent were never Nelson’s issue. He often flashed ball skills and closing burst when he was on the field. His trouble came with staying off the injury report. Nelson was arguably the most impressive tester at the Badgers’ pro day, as he impressed scouts in every event.
Scott Nelson with a 39.5 in vertical on his second attempt pic.twitter.com/oQPZ4UzkdE
— Matt Belz (@savedbythebelz) March 9, 2022
Nelson took an official visit with Green Bay:
Wisconsin safety Scott Nelson has outstanding size-speed combination at 6-2, 208 pounds (4.38 seconds, 39 1/2 inch vertical leap).
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 8, 2022
Nelson’s 6.62-second 3-cone time placed first among all Wisconsin Pro Day participants. However, that time would have placed third at the scouting combine overall — for those that participated in the drill — according to NFL.com.
His 39.5″ vertical would have placed him tied for first with Baylor’s J.T. Woods among those in his position group performing that event at the NFL Combine.
A few highlights during Nelson’s career:
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) November 15, 2020
— Zach Hanley (@ZachHanley2) November 27, 2021
Wisconsin linebacker Noah Burks does a good job of positioning himself in the passing lane, tipping the ball and allowing Scott Nelson to get in front of his man for the pick six
— PFN Draft (@PFNDraft) November 27, 2021