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Friday, July 12, 2013
Crimson Countdown: DE Chaz Nelson

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 99 Chaz Nelson
Defensive end, 6-foot-2, 244 pounds, senior


Impact thus far: A knee injury handicapped Nelson early in his Sooners’ career and he never made an impact during his junior season, his first at OU. The junior college transfer didn’t see any action in 2012.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Nelson is able to earn a spot in the Sooners’ defensive end rotation. OU has several talented younger players at the position, so any contribution Nelson can make would be a plus if he’s able to force himself onto the field.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Nelson doesn’t make an impact at all. That would be two seasons without an impact from a junior college signee. That’s far from ideal.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Nelson: F. To bring in a junior college player who looks like he will struggle to make an impact is a poor evaluation. Nelson was brought in as a safety net but, nonetheless, scholarship players should contribute more than any walk on. Could that be said of Nelson thus far?

SoonerNation’s development grade for Nelson: B+. There’s no reason to think the Sooners should have put Nelson on the field in 2012 and there’s no reason to think they should in 2013 either. His potential time has been and should be filled by younger players who have higher long term upside for the program.