Las Vegas Raiders: 2018 picks we wish would have worked out better
Nick Nelson, Cornerback
In the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Nick Nelson, a talented cornerback out of Wisconsin. During his time with the Badgers, Nelson was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and CBS Sports named him a second-team All-American and was certainly viewed as a draft prospect heading into the draft.
Needing cornerback help in a big way, Gruden pulled the trigger on Nelson in the fourth round, and the hope was that he could come in and compete for a starting job right away. He played in ten games as a rookie in 2018, starting three, but would be waived by the team in May of 2020, as they drafted Damon Arnette in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and had brought in some veteran talent to help them at the cornerback spot as well.
Nelson signed a futures deal with the Indianapolis Colts and will try to revive his career with them. Had he not had his injury issues, Nelson could have ended up at least being a depth cornerback for the Raiders, but instead, he ended his career in the Silver and Black by playing in only 12 games total.