The linebacker position was a huge need for the Denver Broncos when the offseason began. After the team drafted Lamin Barrow, they decided to expand their linebacker depth and drafted Corey Nelson in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Nelson is an outside Will linebacker who played for the Oklahoma Sooners for a few years. He was on his way to having a solid campaign in 2013 before a torn pectoral muscle sidelined him for the rest of the year. He can bring a new dimension to the Broncos defense with his abilities to blitz, which is something that is not asked from often for a weak side linebacker. Knowing he can bring that could be interesting and could give quarterbacks nightmares.
He is also a great special teams contributor in which he can help open up lanes for the punt or kickoff returner to get a few extra yards if not score. His speed is one of his better traits, which he can use to help on special teams and on defense. He also showed in college that he has great leadership qualities, which could benefit him in the later stages of his career.
With how crowded the linebacker position is and Danny Trevathan going into camp as the starting weak side linebacker, Nelson is probably going to be backing up Trevathan, but should benefit helping the Broncos on special teams in the meantime. His injury history could be concerning as well, as he has struggled to stay healthy at times in his college career. But I believe if he can stay healthy, he has a lot of potential to become a star in the NFL.
Nelson will be one name on the Broncos roster to keep an eye on for the next few years. Will he be a player who suffers an injury and becomes a journeyman or will he flourish in the league and become a household name for years to come? Only time will tell.