For the Browns, it’s a risk-free move that could pay big dividends. At 6-5, 214 pounds, Nelson is a big slot presence and adds depth to a position that is still seeking some sort of consistency (the jury is still out on Josh Gordon overall and Greg Little’s consistency on a game-to-game basis).
Before his knee injury, which essentially caused him to miss the entire 2012 season, Nelson was beginning to put together some good numbers. In 2011, his sophomore season, he had 61 catches for 658 yards and five touchdowns.
For a Browns offense that will emphasize a downfield attack, having as many quality wide receivers as possible is imperative. If Nelson stays healthy, this will prove to be a shrewd move.