Nelson A Product Of Belicheat

April 27th, 2019

Iowa may not compete for many national titles or college football playoff berths. But when it comes to producing NFL talent, few schools outside the southeast pump out NFL players the way Iowa does.

The main reason? Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.

And he is part of the Belicheat Tree.

Ferentz was Belicheat’s offensive line coach in Cleveland and it is clear Ferentz, then a young man, was deeply influenced by Belicheat. Joe has heard pro player personnel folks rave about the fundamentals of Iowa players. Joe once hear Bill Polian say scouting Iowa players may have been his easiest task as an NFL suit.

And new Bucs defensive end Anthony Nelson gave credit to his college coach for being drafted by the Bucs.

“Coach Ferentz and the whole staff do such a great job getting guys ready to play and making them good college football players,” Nelson said in a teleconference call with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club this afternoon. “The way he pays attention to detail and the amount of work he puts in really prepares you to enter the NFL. His approach and the way he goes about it every day like a professional and he passes it down to his staff and then to us.”

That is one thing going for Nelson, that the Bucs shouldn’t be too worried about teaching him fundamentals. He should already have that aspect of his game down. (Hey, eight years ago the Bucs drafted a Hawkeyes DE who was ready to contribute immediately, Adrian Clayborn.)

And given how thin the Bucs’ defensive line is, Nelson has a real shot of making the club.

14 Responses to “Nelson A Product Of Belicheat”

  1. geno711 Says:

    Nelson with a 3.8 GPA and a 39 on Wonderlic test. He is crazy smart.

  2. JabooBuc Says:

    Big ugly with big motor and big brain. i like it!

  3. firethecannons Says:

    Seems comparable to Carl Nassib–good with that

  4. Maze Says:

    Big Smart Dude. Love it!

  5. Hodad Says:

    He’s not a DB!! Hooray!!!

  6. NOSBOS Says:

    What Jaboo said.

  7. NOSBOS Says:

    Dude has 34 in length arms. Perfect 3/4 DE.

  8. NOSBOS Says:

    I love it BA. Offensive minded HC but realized we gotta get this defense in order. Salute coach.

  9. geno711 Says:

    @NOSBOS Says:
    April 27th, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    Dude has 34 in length arms. Perfect 3/4 DE.

    He has an 83″ wingspan which I am guessing is the largest wingspan in the whole draft.

    Also led his high school team to the state championship.

  10. Bird Says:

    Anthony Nelson, DE/DT, Iowa A Grade
    No, I’m not just in a good mood. These picks are awesome! The teams here are taking better prospects than those chosen in Round 3. Anthony Nelson could have snuck into Round 2 without much criticism. He was announced as a linebacker, but he looks to be a 3-4 defensive end in Tampa’s new scheme.

  11. Bird Says:


    Cheer up.
    Help coming

    True 3-4 end. He poops bigger then your whole person

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Looks like he will be able to communicate with our very smart tight end

  13. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Calling him Belicheat nowadays is so low-rent. To be associated with Tampa Bay’s Hall of Fame voter with such juvenile humor is ridiculous.

  14. J Says:

    Just did a little research myself on Nelson and we basically got the “Nick Bosa” of Big 10 West.

    Ohio has the tougher schedule for which I fully understand but, his production was just as good if not arguably better than Bosa…again I know Ohio has a tougher schedule but Iowa still had some good competition they faced in the West.