The Oklahoma Sooners best defensive player in 2013, and their team captain, Corey Nelson suffered a college career ending pectoral tear in the team’s win over the TCU Horned Frogs. The injury makes him a bubble player heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, but Nelson told NewsOK.com on March 11 that he is now 100 percent healed.
Nelson said he has been working hard at his rehabilitation of the torn pectoral muscle and that he is now fully healed. Since he was not 100 percent in time for the NFL Combine, he couldn’t participate in the workouts but he was there to talk to teams. Now, he gets one more chance and will be a full participant at the Oklahoma Sooners’ Pro Day on Wednesday.
NFL scouts arrive at these events and it gives them yet another chance to look at the NFL Draft class to see if they are worthy of a selection. It was at the Sooners’ Pro Day that Ryan Broyles proved that he was worth a selection one year after his torn ACL.
Part of Nelson’s value is his team spirit, as he worked hard with his replacement Dominique Alexander and continued to mentor him through the season. Alexander started out as a shaky, but talented linebacker, and ended the season as the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Corey Nelson tried to get a medical redshirt, but he missed the cut off in playing time by just the one game he was injured in. If the injury came a week before, he would be back with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2014. Instead, he hopes he gets the chance to play in the NFL instead.