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Oregon St.'s Steven Nelson a Kansas City Chief

Steven "Ballhawk" Nelson will next be seen breaking up passes for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Steven "Ballhawk" Nelson will next be seen breaking up passes for the Kansas City Chiefs.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. corner back Steven Nelson has been selected by the Kansas City Chief, with the 34th pick, one of 3 compensatory picks at the end of the 3rd round of the NFL draft, and the 98th pick overall.

Nelson, who came to Oregon St. as a JC transfer, quickly established himself as a starter in 2013 due to his tremendous speed, which made him the only player on the Beaver roster who could match the speed of Brandin Cooks.

Nelson became the best player in the Oregon St. secondary in his second season, and earned himself a high round draft pick, by elevating the technical aspects of his game to match the speed of it. Nelson was named to the All-Pac-12 second team this past season.

He will join one of the NFL's premier defenses in Kansas City.

The Chiefs are looking for youthful health on the corners though, having also selected former Washington Husky CB Marcus Peters in the first round yesterday.

Nelson's selection gives the Pac-12 25 players picked in the first 3 rounds, more than any other conference.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com