To me, the Seahawks still need another good cornerback and Steven Nelson is just that. He may not have been perfect in 2020 with the Steelers but his pass rating allowed of 97.0 was not much worse than Shaquill Griffin’s was. And the two seasons before that, Nelson had a much lower QBR-allowed than Griffin.
In 2019, Griffin allowed zero touchdown passes when he was targeted. His QBR-allowed was 65.8 and he allowed a pass completion percentage of just 50 percent. Nelson also is a solid tackler missing just 7.7 percent of his attempted tackles in 2020. And he limits yards after catch have allowed just 192 of these yards in 2018 and 92 in 2019.
Nelson has a lot of starting experience as well, unlike Seahawk free agent-signee Ahkello Witherspoon who still needs to learn what it is like to be a full-time starter. Nelson has started every game he’s been able to play the last three seasons (he has missed just two games) and started 15 games with the Chiefs in 2016.
Nelson is a true right corner so the Seahawks would still need to find out who will play opposite him, but knowing Nelson is definitely holding down one side of the field is already better than the question marks Seattle has going into 2021.