Name: Rashad Nelson
School: Miles College
Position: WR

Height: 6’2”
Weight: 200

What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

My primary goal for the season was to play a major role in putting us in the position to 3 peat as conference champions and advance into the playoffs. Additionally, I wanted to serve as the leader for the receiver room and offense. I’m proud of how we fought throughout the season to get to the championship despite coming up short in the end.

Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?

The extra year of eligibility was a blessing for my growth towards becoming a professional. I went back home to Madison, Al and worked on all aspects of my game with my trainer and fellow college players who’d returned home. My speed, route running, and strength were all attacked day in and day out to correct mechanics or imbalances with more time to pay attention to the fine details.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

My coaches and teammates would say that I’m a genuine person and great player. I’m laid back and approachable but when it comes time to work I’m intense and extremely competitive.

Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?

Film study for me is all about the truth. First, I look at what areas of my game were sound technically and can be used to build upon in the coming weeks. On the other hand, I look for tells in my routes or bad pad level to see what the cues the DB may have gotten and need to be polished before the next opponent. Defensively I look for what type of leverage the dbs play with and whether they feel more comfortable getting into their backpedal or playing tight press at the line. After that, I see what coverages the defense likes against specific formations to see what concepts can be used to have success.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

What separates me from other prospects is my work ethic and the preparation that I put into my craft. I’m constantly working to ensure that the the drills and details from practice are being transferred and incorporated into the game setting, as seen in my film. This allows for a greater emphasis to be put into all the aspects that go into making me a great receiver from the frame, intelligence, hands, and ability to create separation within my routes.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

I will be working with Otis Leverette of ModernDay Fitness in Birmingham, Al and Kelly Fields of Fieldhouse WR Training in Madson, Al. I just finished participating in HBCU Pigskin Bowl, Podyum Bowl, and Dream bowl against quality players from across the country and look forward to working on implementing the things I learned during those experiences.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

I will bring versatility to whichever team selects me. Whether I am needed to use my size and speed combination to win the one on ones offensively to keep the chains moving, or be the gunner that flips field position covering punts I’ll play my role and be a professional with how I work and conduct myself. Off the field I’m going to be active within the community and be a role model for the next generation.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?

My pitch to teams is that you are getting a player that loves football and everything that comes with it. That being said I’m a team first guy who is going to come into work everyday and do what the teams need of me to be successful. I’m a true competitor whose never going to get complacent or satisfied and that will be evident in how I show up and work each day.