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Quenton Nelson | Guard

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

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Recent News Draft analyst Chad Reuter ranks Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson as the safest prospect in the NFL Draft class.
Nelson (6'5/325) ranks near the top of many draft boards being released, and a select few have him at the top of the class. It's no surprise given his ability as a run and pass blocker that he is considered close to a sure thing. "Nelson is as close to the top of the heap as any guard has been since Hall of Famer John Hannah destroyed New England's opponents for 13 seasons," Reuter writes. "Whichever team selects Nelson in the top 10 will watch him become a perennial Pro Bowler as a nasty and athletic leader on the line." Feb 17 - 7:09 PM

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Date: Analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson the top interior offensive lineman in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Nelson (6'5/325) ranks ahead of UTEP's Willy Hernandez, Georgia's Isaiah Wynn, Iowa's James Daniels, and Ohio State's Billy Price. Nelson is not just viewed as the top guards in the class, he's viewed by many as one of the best prospects, period. "Nelson is a bully at the point of attack with the size and strength to move defenders off the ball," he writes. "He overpowers defensive tackles while flashing the nasty demeanor that O-Line coaches covet in their best players." There's a real chance he won't be on the board after the first ten picks have been completed.
Feb 10 - 7:20 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah called Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson "the best run-blocker I've ever evaluated."

Jeremiah believes that Nelson will be selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and notes that Notre Dame has coached him up perfectly during his time in South Bend and that "adjusting to the next level shouldn't be an issue." The analyst is far from alone in his esteem for the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder. NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler, for one, views him as the best prospect in the 2018 class. There's rarely a true consensus on any prospect in a draft class, but Nelson's drawing close to that. Should he not be selected within the first 10 picks, that may well only be because of how his position as a whole is viewed in terms of draft value.
Feb 8 - 1:47 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes there is "no debate" who the No. 1 prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft is - Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson

A guard was tossed around as the top prospect in his respective draft when Chance Warmack and David DeCastro entered the NFL, but Nelson is seemingly viewed as nearly flawless. "Nelson has elite play strength and heavy hands to control defenders in the run game, bulldozing anything in his way," Brugler writes. Nelson would set the tone for an offensive line, and we've seen teams heavily invest in interior blockers in free agency. It is now a big money position.
Feb 7 - 9:53 AM

One NFC executive believes Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is one of the best run blockers he's ever evaluated.

That same executive adds Nelson is not a liability in pass protection and will "bring an ass-kicking mindset into your position room." Nelson appears to be the unanimously loved prospect in this draft class, and it would no be a surprise to see him ranked as the No. 1 player in the class by some evaluators. The debate on the importance of interior linemen might pop up, but we are firmly in the camp of prioritizing talent at that position.
Feb 5 - 9:17 AM

Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson ranks 2nd in NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 NFL Draft prospects.

Because we're sure you're curious, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley remains at the top spot. Guards rarely go high in NFL Draft, but Nelson (6'5/315) could be an exception because of his size and the dominating analytical statistics he put up. Jeremiah goes so far as to say he has the potential to be "the best run blocker in the NFL." Wow. Nelson is a first-round lock, and there's a real chance he won't be on the board after pick 10 -- with an outside shot of going in the top five.
Jan 29 - 12:28 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo projects the Seahawks to take Notre Dame G with the 18th pick in their latest mock draft.

Nelson has received top ten talk because of his dominant play, but as Palazzolo notes, guards notoriously fall in drafts. The Seahawks are likely hoping that trend continues, as without a 2nd or 3rd round pick, they really can't afford to trade up. PFF rated him the top guard in the country by 3.5 points, and he could slide right into the woeful Seattle offensive line.
Jan 18 - 6:43 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson finished as the highest rated guard in the country, according to Pro Football Focus.

Not only did Nelson (6'5/315) finish as the highest-rated guard according to PFF, he was 3.5 points ahead of any other guard according to their rankings. It was a dominant season for the redshirt junior, helping Notre Dame rank near the top of the rushing ranks. He's a lock for the first-round at this point -- if there is such a thing as a lock in January -- and there's a real chance that he ends up going in the top 10.
Jan 9 - 9:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Nelson (6'5/315) announced his draft intentions following Monday's win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl. Adept in both run and pass blocking, he's arguably the top guard in the draft class. While it's somewhat rare for guards to land in the first half of the first round, the Notre Dame standout has a strong chance of being swept off the board within the first 15 picks come the spring. One NFL executive told MMQB's Albert Breer near the end of December that Nelson is a better prospect coming out of college than current Cowboys G Zack Martin, who was selected 16th overall by the Cowboys during the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jan 1 - 6:46 PM

The MMQB's Albert Breer spoke with one NFL executive who believes Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson is a superior prospect to Zack Martin.

That is extreme praise. We are absorbing this "as prospects," so consider Martin was the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Breer notes the consensus is Nelson likely lands in the top 10 overall. Consistency and downright dominant plays in both phases of offensive play are what land a guard this type of praise.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame senior T Mike McGlinchey and Texas senior T Connor Williams could all land in the top 10 or 15 picks, according to Albert Breer.

Again, we are so early in the process, but Breer is certainly clued into NFL thinking and what names might be at the top of positions of need. Teams are always looking to shore up their front five, but it is clear those picks aren't as "safe" as once thought.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:19:00 AM

Pro Football Focus calculates that Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson allowed just three quarterback pressures in the 2017 regular season.

That number is the fourth-lowest of any guard in the FBS this season. We've talked ad nauseam about the job Notre Dame's offensive line has done in giving the Irish runners holes to run, but Nelson and company have also done a tremendous job of giving Brandon Wimbush time to throw the football. If Nelson declares as expected, he has a legitimate chance of being a top ten -- or higher -- selection.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 10:10:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper says he'll move Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson up from No. 11 in his next Big Board rankings and that Nelson will "have one of the best grades for a guard that I've given out in my 35 years of doing this."

Nelson is coming off another dominant performance against NC State. "He's a rare talent," Kiper wrote. "Guards rarely go in the top 10 of the draft, but the 6-foot-5, 330-pound Nelson has a chance to do it." Further, NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler and MMQB's Albert Breer have both written recently that Nelson could be a top-five pick. "He has tremendous agility and quickness, can pull on the move and is incredibly physical," Kiper wrote. "Nelson is like a brick wall. ... He's just an outstanding football player."
Source: ESPN
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 12:33:00 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes that Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson is establishing himself as one of the best offensive lineman in the 2018 draft.

North Carolina State had one of the better run-defenses in the country, and the Irish were able to pound the rock with ease on Saturday, in large part thanks to players like Nelson (6'4/325). Brugler believes that Nelson is just as effective in pass protection, helping keep clean pockets for quarterback Brandon Wimbush. "Traditionally, offensive guards are not drafted among the top-five picks, but that type of thinking is starting to change and Nelson, who will be one of the best players in the 2018 class if he declares, has the skill-set to crash the top-five picks next spring," Brugler said. Notre Dame and Nelson have a date with Wake Forest next week.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 10:35:00 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer spoke with one one veteran NFL evaluator who says Notre Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson is "better than half the NFL at his position right now."

Incredibly, Breer ranks Notre Dame's mauling guard as the No. 3 overall prospect in the upcoming class. "Is a guard worth taking in the top five? What if that guard is a pretty good bet to be an All-Pro, and tons of teams need offensive line help?" Breer wrote. "...Nelson might be the best lineman in college football and won’t last long in April."
Source: MMQB
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 01:21:00 PM