With their first four picks in the top three rounds, the Raiders focused on the offensive and defensive lines with two offensive tackles, a defensive tackle and a defensive end. With their fourth round pick, the Raiders have gone with a cornerback with Nick Nelson from Wisconsin.
Nelson is a 5’11” corner from one of the best defensive units in the college ranks last year and was a team leader for the Badgers. He logged over 40 passes defensed in his career without recording an interception.
The former Big Ten corner posted a less than stellar 4.52 40-yard dash, but he has good footwork and plays extremely physical with receivers. He contests jump passes as well as any corner in the draft, and might have been taken much higher but for a recent meniscus injury suffered during his Pro Day. This seems like a Paul Guenther pick to me, a guy who favors physical corners who might not be burners but make life difficult for receivers.