Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson received good news on that medical front that could boost his stock for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Nelson underwent successful surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee and the damage was not as bad as initially feared, the NFL Network reported Tuesday.
The procedure required renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews to trim and clean up the meniscus rather than an extensive repair, reducing Nelson’s recovery time from three to four months to six weeks.
Such a timeline would guarantee that Nelson will be available for training camp and send him into the NFL Draft as a much more reliable option. He was injured during a private workout for the Detroit Lions.
Nelson is rated as the No. 19 cornerback for this year’s draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is projected to go in the fourth or fifth round of the draft.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2017, Nelson started all 13 games in his lone season with the Badgers, recording 20 pass defenses and 34 tackles.
Nelson, who ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, spent his first two seasons with Hawaii before transferring to Wisconsin following the 2015 season.