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Dakota Nelson: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: Dakota Nelson
School: Manchester University
Position: Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 187

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.

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