Name: Dakota Nelson
School: Manchester University
Position: Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
To be an All-American Returner for a second time and to break the all time TD record at MU.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Versatile, confident, hardnosed.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I focus on my bench, shuttle, and 40. Mostly combine specific drills as well as speed and agility.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
I look to see how the defender plays me. If he’s a “Waller” or “physical” or is he flat footed or does he peak in the backfield a lot. I often look to see if the defender overplays the WR as well, so I can tell when to break it off or keep pushing my routes.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
My ability to read the field. I have exceptional vision which allows me to change direction and choose which hole to hit.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Attention to detail.
Energy, I am able to be the “hype man” for my team. I stay in the game and continue to push my teammates.
Trustworthiness. Whether it’s on or off the field, I know my team will trust me in the last few seconds with the ball, or off the field when making decisions.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Whatever my role may be, whether it’s special teams, offense, or even defense, I will do my job. My work ethic and passion for the game of football is unmatched. I need one person to take a chance on me, just one person, and I promise you I will not let them down.