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Jonathan Nelson (American football)

Jonathan Nelson (American football) American football safety

American football safety
Jonathan Nelson (American football)
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Quick Facts

Intro American football safety
Is American football player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 May 1988, Mansfield
Age: 32 years
The details


Jonathan Nelson (born May 6, 1988) is a former American football safety for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma.

Early years

Nelson attended Summit High School in Arlington, Texas. He was a three-year starter at cornerback. According to his coaches opponents threw away from his side of the field and as a result he ended the season with only one interception. The previous season he made 40 tackles and recovered four fumbles and recorded one interception. Nelson was a sprinter on the track team.

College career

In his first year at Oklahoma, he redshirted the 2006 season. As a redshirt freshman in 2007, Nelson played in just two games due to injury. As a sophomore, he played on special teams, making seven tackles on the season. Nelson began the 2009 season as a nickel back, but started the final three games of the season and recorded 46 tackles and three interceptions. He was chosen honorable mention All-Big 12. After spending his career as a backup, Nelson broke out as a senior, making 102 tackles, breaking up seven passes and intercepting two more. He was rewarded by being selected All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.

Professional career

2011 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11 in 198 lb 30½ in 9¼ in 4.54 s 1.47 s 2.55 s 4.12 s 6.85 s 43 in 11 ft 4 in 22 reps x
All values from Oklahoma Pro Day

St. Louis Rams

Nelson was drafted with the 229th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He was waived during final roster cuts on September 3, 2011, but was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 4. He was released from the practice squad on September 13.

Carolina Panthers

Nelson was signed to the Panthers' practice squad on November 16, 2011. He was promoted to the active roster by the Carolina Panthers on December 23, 2011. He appeared in the final two games of the regular season, recording nine tackles and one interception in the games combined.

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