David Nelson is a lanky pass-catcher with a knack for the end zone. For that alone, he should be on the Pats radar.
At 6'5", 214 pounds, Nelson would give New England's passing game another dimension near the goal line, where Rob Gronkowski was missed last season.
A one-time Florida Gator, Nelson went undrafted back in 2010. At that time, the Patriots were one of the teams interested, as Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports:
Bill Belichick called him after the draft in 2010 as a recruiting push to sign him as a rookie free agent. Belichick has since been complimentary of Nelson (6-5, 214), whose presence in the red zone could be a boost.
Nelson ultimately signed with AFC East rival, the Buffalo Bills.
Playing in 32 contests over three seasons with Buffalo, Nelson caught a total of 94 balls for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns. His 2012 campaign never really got started, however, since the 26-year-old tore a knee ligament in Week 1 and was placed on injured reserve.
Coming off of injury, Nelson acknowledged that he doesn't expect to be one of the marquee names in free agency (per Tim Graham of The Buffalo News)
There will be a demand for proven receivers on the first few days of free agency...It probably will be a lengthy process for me.
Nelson is far from damaged goods, though, and he will be on a roster before too long. Why not New England? Belichick loves the program down in Gainesville, and Nelson fits a need at wideout.