So ... who is this guy?
Nelson, 25, was a seventh-round pick by the Broncos in the 2014 NFL Draft. In four years with Denver, he made six starts in 53 games played. He logged 62 tackles, six passes defensed, and one sack during that span.
During his press conference at the 2018 NFL Combine, Doug Pederson said the Eagles can afford to improve on special teams. It seems Nelson is here to help in that regard. Nelson finished fourth on the Broncos in special teams tackle in 2015 and third in 2016.
Nelson also give the Eagles more competition and depth at the position. That was needed considering Nigel Bradham reportedly isn’t expected to return and Jordan Hicks has an extensive injury history.
UPDATE: Here are some interesting notes that makes it sound like Nelson might not just be a depth player.
The Broncos, I'm told, matched the money Corey Nelson will recieve in Philly. But Nelson wanted a larger role. At the start of last season, Vance Joseph said he considered Nelson a starter, much like Bradley Roby as the third corner.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 13, 2018
It’s my understanding #Eagles see Corey Nelson as a weak-side LB.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) March 13, 2018
Yes, that’s the spot usually occupied by Mychal Kendricks.