KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs signed cornerback Steven Nelson, according to Friday’s NFL Transaction report.
Financial terms of Nelson’s contract were not disclosed.
The 5-11, 194-pound Nelson joined the Chiefs as the second of two third-round picks (98th overall) out of Oregon State in the 2015 NFL Draft. He finished his college career as a two-year starter with 122 tackles (85 solo), two sacks and eight interceptions.
While Nelson brings experience playing press-man and can play outside and inside, he projects to compete at the available nickel cornerback position left vacant by Chris Owens, whom the Chiefs allowed to leave via free agency in March.
The Chiefs now have eight of nine draft picks under contract ahead of the weekend’s rookie minicamp.
Nelson’s signing leaves former Washington cornerback Marcus Peters, the Chiefs’ first-round pick (18th overall), as the last unsigned draft pick.
The Chiefs throughout the week signed offensive lineman Mitch Morse; inside linebackers Rakim Wilson and D.J. Alexander; wide receiver Chris Conley; tight end James O’Shaughnessy; defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches and wide receiver Da’Ron Brown.