The Chiefs selected Oregon State cornerback Steven Nelson with their second of two third-round picks in the NFL Draft on Friday.
Nelson, 5 feet 10 and 197 pounds, was a two-year starter for the Beavers after transferring from junior college. He made 60 tackles (two for a loss), two interceptions and 10 pass deflections in 12 games in 2014.
The Chiefs used a compensatory pick on Nelson, the 34th in round three and the 98th overall.
The Chiefs selected cornerback Marcus Peters in the first round with the 18th overall pick. With their second-round pick Friday (49th overall), the Chiefs took Missouri offensive lineman Mitch Morse. They took Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley with the 12th pick in the third round (76th overall) after trading a sixth-round pick to Minnesota.
They have five picks remaining on the final day of the draft Saturday: No. 19 in the fourth round (118th overall), No. 36 and 37 in the fifth round (172nd and 173rd overall), No. 41 in the sixth round (217th overall) and No. 16 in the seventh round (233rd overall).
Chiefs’ third-round pick
▪ WHO: Cornerback Steven Nelson
▪ PICK: Round three (98th overall)
▪ SCHOOL: Oregon State
▪ HEIGHT: 5-10
▪ WEIGHT: 197 pounds
▪ COMBINE STATS: 30 5/8-inch arms. 9.25-inch hands. 4.49-second 40-yard dash. 19 bench reps. 34.5-inch vertical. 115-inch broad jump. 6.80-second three-cone drill. 4.07-second 20-yard shuttle.
▪ HOW HE FITS: Nelson is a tough, undersized corner whose competitiveness will add some energy to the cornerback group. He lacks the typical size the Chiefs like, but the starting nickel back position is up for grabs.