David Nelson may have improved his draft stock during the Gators' Pro Day. Below is an excerpt of the story, but few people remember or realize David Nelson's community service and charitable work as a Gator.
While reporters, scouts, coaches and general managers asked themselves and others for their impressions of Tim Tebow's revamped throwing motion, Brandon Spikes' 40-yard dash time and the oh-my-gosh 30 reps of 225 pounds Aaron Hernandez lifted at Florida's Pro Day on March 17, David Nelson stood nearby quietly taking in everything.
The former Gator receiver was a happy man, one who had gone from a definite free-agent signee by an NFL team to a potential late-round pick in April's draft in less than four-and-a-half seconds.
"I feel really confident about my (workout)," Nelson said. "A lot of coaches, a lot of scouts came up to me and told me I did a great job. It's a good feeling to know all my hard work the last couple of months paid off."
Nelson said his goal was to "have fun" and not let performing in front of big-name NFL types like Mike Holmgren, Raheem Morris, Eric Mangini, Mike Tomlin and John Fox intimidate him.
The 6-foot-5, 212-pound wideout from Wichita Falls, Texas said he was told by scouts they expected him to run a 40 in the 4.6s. And then he clocked a 4.47 on the wet grass at The Swamp.
"I got the time I thought I would," said Nelson, who had 25 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. "I have been working hard with trainers to get in the 4.4 range, and that's what I got."
Nelson, who lifted 225 pounds 16 times, said he also got positive feedback from teams for his 38-inch vertical leap, his 10-4.5 broad jump and the crispness of the routes he ran for Tebow at the end of the workout.
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