By: Steve Johnson
Quenton Nelson, OL Notre Dame
6’5 325 33 3/4″ arms, 10 3/8″ hands
26 1/2″ vert, 105″ broad jump, 35 bench reps
2015: 12 games. 11 starts
2016: 12 games. 12 starts
2017: 13 games. 13 starts
Accolades: 2013 Second-team USA Today All-American as a HS Senior, 2016 Second Team All-American, 2017 All-American. Team Captain 2017
Injuries: 2015 Ankle Injury (missed 2 games).
History: Redbank, NJ native. 4 Star Recruit. Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Strengths: 330 pounds of brute strength. Built strong and muscular. Rare power, has elite core strength. Has a mean streak, loves putting defenders on their ass. Smart player, team captain. Big, strong hands (10 3/8″), and knows how to use them in both the run and pass game. When he locks on, it’s game over. Great redirection skills and fluid hips for a man his size (see blitz pickup vs Georgia). Very strong lateral movement in the pass game.
Weaknesses: Will need to get used to the athletic interior rushers of the NFL. Won’t be able to kick outside in the NFL, specifically an interior linemen.
Overview: Nelson is a rare specimen at the guard position. Typically guards aren’t drafted high in the NFL, but with the talent of interior rushers in the league today, Nelson is that much more valuable. He is a plug and play day one starter, who will be an all-pro for years to come. It doesn’t get much safer, or more talented than Nelson. He’s a can’t miss prospect, which isn’t thrown around very often.
Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 7.9
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