2017 Denver Broncos Underrated Player Watch: Corey Nelson


Every season there is always one player that steps up out of nowhere and surprises opposing teams, in 2017 that guy will be Corey Nelson…

The Denver Broncos have a stockpile of players who can contribute on the field, however the most underrated player in my opinion is Corey Nelson. Nelson is entering his fourth season in the league and will have an important role on the Broncos defense.

In 2016, Nelson played in all 16 games and started 5 of them on defense. When Brandon Marshall injured his back late in the year, Nelson stepped up and filled the void left by Marshall.

He accounted for 67 tackles and 5 pass deflections last season. Heading into 2017, I believe Nelson’s role with the Broncos will increase. He is my candidate for the most underrated player on the roster.

Nelson’s contribution on the Broncos wasn’t limited to just defense, he was one of the Broncos most consistent special teams players. He’s is in a great position where he will gain more confidence and feel comfortable in the system.

Similar to Wesley Woodyard’s role with the Broncos, Nelson has transitioned from special teams to defense.

What Makes Corey Nelson Underrated?

After spending time watching film, these things stood out to me regarding Corey Nelson. His 6’1 225 lb frame is the perfect combination for stopping the run and being able to cover.

Denver’s inside linebackers struggled last season in pass coverage, however Nelson didn’t. He accounted for 5 pass deflections on passes intended for tailbacks and slot receivers.

Before breaking down his pass coverage, I watched Nelson’s ability to read the guard and fill his gap. Nelson is very disciplined in taking a read step and flowing.

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What makes a good inside linebacker: fundamentals. For example against the Jets in 2014, Nelson drops to his zone and reacts as soon as his threat comes into the middle hook.

Nelson’s fluid enough to flow from hash to hash in run pursuit and coverage. I truly believe that Nelson will push Todd Davis to start this season at inside linebacker.

What are your thoughts on Corey Nelson, Broncos Country?