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Wisconsion prospect’s knee injury brings fears of Trent Baalke

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When Nick Nelson tore his meniscus, thoughts of WWBD (what would Baalke do?) immediately emerged.

On Friday reports came out that Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson tore his meniscus. A terrible time for knee injuries, but the good news is, he could be back by training camp.

Nelson was considered a decent enough cornerback prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft. After his combine, he had a projection to go in the third, fourth round at the latest. With his knee injury, it probably may push him back.

The first thing that came to mind when the news hit, was me almost forgetting that former San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke wasn’t in charge. Because this guy would have Baalke all over him.

In a weird alternate reality, Nelson would probably get grabbed in the 6th round by Baalke, who could then see if he makes it to training camp, and then stash him away on IR for a year. Thankfully, all accounts say Nelson is going to be good to go by training camp, but we heard the same story with Tank Carradine and Will Redmond. The earlier by analysts, and the latter by Baalke himself.

Of course we’ll be overjoyed and welcoming if Nelson comes in the seventh round to the 49ers. In fact, a seventh round flier on him if available would be a great pick.

But I just can’t help but think of if Baalke was in charge right now. This guy would go in the 5th round and be another value pick.