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Roughriders Sign Former Raider Defensive Back Nick Nelson

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed former Oakland Raiders, now Las Vegas Raiders draft pick Nick Nelson ahead of training camp.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound cornerback was selected in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2018 NFL draft. Nelson played in 12 games collecting 20 tackles, one fumble recovery, and one pass deflection.

The reason the 27-year-old was selected was thanks to a standout collegiate career. In his lone senior season at the University of Wisconsin, he led the entire nation and set a single-season school record with 21 pass breakups, while tallying 35 tackles and one tackle for loss. Playing in all 14 games, the former Badger showed some returning chops as well, gaining 206 yards and an even a touchdown on 24 punt returns. Nelson was named a second team All-American and was a first-team All-Big Ten member thanks to those numbers.

Before being a Badger, Nelson played two years at Hawaii, gathering 87 tackles (three were tackles for loss), 20 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and one sack.

The Maryland native will try and compete for time at corner and maybe even special teams. The Riders have recently signed Jalon Edwards-Cooper, while starting cornerback from last season Jeremy Clark remains unsigned.

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