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Quenton Nelson | Guard

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 325

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SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Indianapolis Colts a "B" grade for their work in the draft.
Kadar is extremely bullish on Nelson's potential and said the Colts selecting him could have been the "single best pick of the entire draft." He said the Colts selection of South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard was "a little early" but that "he’s a perfect system fit" in their defense. He didn't like the value they got on edge-rushers Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis but wasn't overly critical of the selections due to the Colts need of 4-3 defensive ends. Apr 29 - 4:30 PM
Source: SB Nation

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Colts selected Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nelson (6’5/329) made 36 starts at left guard for the Irish, wrapping 2017 as PFF College’s No. 1 rated-overall guard and No. 1-rated run-blocking guard. Nelson has plus arm length (33 ¾") for an interior lineman and repped 225 pounds 35 times at the Combine. After watching his tape, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah deemed Nelson "the best run blocker I’ve ever evaluated." An intimidating, pancake-blocking presence who allowed just one QB hit last season, Nelson was compared to Hall of Famer Larry Allen by NFL.com offensive line guru Lance Zierlein.
Apr 26 - 8:50 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson reminded them of Steve Hutchinson.

"Reminds me of (Steve) Hutchinson," said the scout. "He’s not John Hannah. He was a road-grader. This guy is damn good, OK? But he’s not John Hannah. But he could be all-pro, no doubt in my mind." Another scout in the report said that he's not quite at Hutchinson -- a likely Hall Of Famer at some point -- and questions how much his dominance has to do with his coaching at Notre Dame. Nelson likely goes in the top 10 on Thursday, and if not, he won't be around much longer after that point.
Apr 26 - 12:13 PM

NFL Media's Peter Schrager said "many" NFL personnel men have told him Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson has "Hall of Fame potential."

Schrager reaffirmed this statement by mentioning "Not one, not two, but many guys I trust around the league say this is the surest pick in the entire draft." He has him projected to be selected by the Indianapolis Colts at pick No. 6 in his latest mock draft and said "Andrew Luck desperately needs more help up front. Nelson's a great fit." If there weren't so many quarterback-needy teams and a group of five legitimate first-round quarterbacks in this draft, Nelson would likely be a top three pick. He will likely be selected within the top 10 come Thursday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 11:10 AM

Bob McGinn Football's Mark Eckel reports "half the scouting world" are concerned about Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson's athleticism.

Multiple scouts brought up his performance against Miami where "That (R.J.) McIntosh guy got some leverage and pushed him a couple times that concerned me about him being a top-10 pick." On the other hand, An AFC personnel director with "20-plus years of experience" said Nelson was the best guard he has scouted. A different scout brought up a unique tidbit on Nelson saying "The O-line coach at Notre Dame (was Harry Hiestand, now with the Bears) is one of the best in the business. Every year he’s got somebody that comes out high in the draft and doesn’t produce as well in the NFL." Nelson is largely regarded as one of the safest picks in the draft and someone who should have immediate success in the NFL, but the questions about his athleticism are legitimate. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has Nelson as his fourth overall player on his Top-400 big board and expects him to be a top-10 selection.
Apr 22 - 3:40 PM

ESPN senior writer Jeff Legwold ranks Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson as the top prospect in the class.

Legwold ranks NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb second, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley third, and Ohio State CB Denzel Ward along with Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick round out the top five. Guard prospects don't usually rank at -- or near -- the top, but Nelson (6'5/325) is proving to be an exception. "In technique, approach and ability to finish, he is simply the best football player in this draft," Legwold writes. "And he has potential to grow."
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 2:15 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson to former Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen.

Allen is one of the best to have ever played the guard position and was elected to the Hall Of Fame, so yea, Nelson's pretty good. Zierlein calls his power "intimidating," and also lists his pad level, lateral movement and awareness among his many, many strengths. He does note that Nelson will occasionally whiff against long-limb defenders, and that there's room for improvement as a pass blocker. Those critiques aside, Zierlein calls Nelson an "elite" prospect, one who very likely goes in the first ten selections.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 7:51 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo believes that the narrative that Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson is the best guard prospect in years is true.

Some have even gone so far as to call Nelson the best guard prospect since former New England Patriot and Hall Of Famer John Hannah. Palazzolo notes that the former Golden Domer doesn't have a weakness, and he can dominate as both a pass and run blocker. "Nelson’s 94.6 overall grade is the second-highest we’ve seen from a guard in four years of grading," writes Palazzolo, "but it’s the top mark among players from Power-5 caliber teams."
Apr 17 - 10:34 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah hears that Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson's draft range is somewhere "between six and eight."

That would mean Nelson would go to either the Colts, the Buccaneers and Bears -- assuming a team doesn't trade up. "I have the Notre Dame guard rated as the No. 3 player in this class, but he's probably not going to be a top-five pick," Jeremiah writes. "Most evaluators expect the first five picks of the draft to consist of three quarterbacks, Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 8:28 PM

USA Today's Luke Easterling says Quenton Nelson could be a "surprise" selection for the New York Giants at pick No. 2.

Easterling admits that the pick has generally "been slotted for either the next-best quarterback or a trade," but Nelson (6'5/325) is "arguably the most complete player in the draft, regardless of position" and could be a wildcard. New GM Dave Gettleman is also notorious for loading up on players in the "trenches" and recently missed out on free agent Andrew Norwell. While logically it makes the most sense to either take a quarterback or trade out of the No. 2 pick, Gettleman's history as a general manager suggests he may not have the same line of thinking. In his five drafts with the Carolina Panthers, Gettleman has never traded down before. This leaves Nelson, RB Saquon Barkley, and DE Bradley Chubb firmly in play with the second pick if the Giants truly don't like the quarterbacks on the board.
Source: Draftwire
Apr 12 - 8:25 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris passes along that Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is visiting the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

While not all visits should be viewed as meaningful or connective -- teams will meet with and host plenty of players who do not actually end up in their draft plans -- we've seen Nelson and the Bears linked repeatedly throughout the evaluating season. To wit, on Wednesday, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relayed that he had been hearing that while Chicago is keen to possibly trade down from the No. 8 selection, they would need to be bowled over with an offer if Nelson (or Ohio State CB Denzel Ward) was still on the board at the time their pick came on the clock.
Apr 12 - 3:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is hearing that "the belief is" that the Chicago Bears would like to trade down from the No. 8 pick.

The logic on this potential play is rock-solid, as Pauline notes that the Bears like the idea of replenishing their draft capital after trading up with the 49ers last spring in order to select UNC QB Mitch Trubisky. That said, the analyst forwards that should either Ohio State CB Denzel Ward or Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson be available at No. 8 later this month, any trade would require a bit more beef to push them off the pick, as they very much like both players. One last note from Mr. Pauline -- if the Bears do ultimately trade out of their current draft slot, Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver is one player they would potentially consider further down the board.
Apr 11 - 5:21 PM

NDT Scouting's Jeremiah Tuls ranks Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson at the top of his top 300 prospect list.

Nelson is followed by Penn State's Saquon Barkley, Georgia's Roquan Smith, Louisville's Jaire Alexander and NC State's Bradley Chubb rounds out the top five. Tuls goes so far as to say that Nelson is the "closest thing to a perfect prospect he's ever scouted." Wow. Nelson won't be the first pick in the draft because of Cleveland's needs and because of his position. But he appears to be a lock for the top 10, and it'd be an upset if he got past Chicago with the eighth selection.
Apr 10 - 7:14 PM

In a mock draft matchup featuring the writers of NFL Draft Scout and the hosts of Moving The Sticks, all four projected the Colts to select Quenton Nelson with the sixth pick.

It was one of five "consensus" picks in the mock; the others being Saquon Barkley to the Giants, Josh Rosen to the Nets, Bradley Chubb to the Browns and Roquan Smith to Washington. When the Colts decided to move down from three to six, they likely did so hoping someone like Nelson will be on the board. In this scenario, it happens, and it gives Andrew Luck much needed protection in the middle of the line.
Mar 26 - 4:22 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks projects the Giants to take Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson with the second pick in his updated mock draft.

USC QB Sam Darnold goes first in the mock. Nelson continues to see his draft stock rise, and is being viewed by many as one of -- if not the -- best guard prospect we've seen in quite some time. "New GM Dave Gettleman is all about the "hog mollies" (big guys), so he could bypass a quarterback of the future and a dynamic runner to add a Pro Bowl-caliber interior blocker to the roster," writes Brooks. This would be one of the more controversial picks in the draft, should it happen, but it could pay big dividends.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 3:13 PM