Quenton Nelson: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Quenton  Nelson

Quenton Nelson succeeds Zack Martin as another rock solid offensive guard coming out of Notre Dame that can provide the bedrock for an NFL offensive line.


School Page

Position: GuardNotre Dame Fighting Irish

College: Notre Dame

Height: 6-5

Weight: 325

40 Time: 5.08

Awards:

NFL Draft Board Analysis

The NFL Draft Board.

Highest pick on the NFL Draft Board

Quenton Nelson sits comfortably in the top half of the 2018 NFL draft, just outside of the top 10 picks. From film, the floor for Nelson seems very high.

Most likely destination from the NFL Draft Board

Quenton Nelson could inch up the NFL Draft Board into the top 10, if not the top five. Nelson should be considered very high by a team with multiple needs (that doesn’t trade out of their top pick to fill multiple needs). He is a rock that can set the foundation for an offensive line for an entire decade. Nelson is a safe bet for an NFL GM, the floor on Nelson seems pretty high. The Dallas Cowboys did well for themselves by passing on the Johnny Manziel fiasco in the 2014 NFL draft, and taking future perennial  Pro-Bowler, Zack Martin. 

Cowboys Select Zach Martin

The Dallas Cowboys selected Zack Martin, (Notre Dame Guard) with the 16th pick of the 2014 NFL draft. Martin made the Pro-Bowl his first three seasons. Not that Nelson is Martin’s identical twin, but odds are…well, let’s just say that Nelson owes Martin a nice dinner. Martin’s performance in the NFL will only help Nelson’s draft status.

Comparative position ranking on the NFL Draft Board

Quenton Nelson sits on top of the 2018 NFL draft prospect offensive guard category. The only other offensive lineman projected higher than Nelson right now is Notre Dame teammate, Mike McGlinchey. If Notre Dame decides on a solid quarterback, look for Notre Dame to average 35+ points per game.

Film

Notes

  • Notre Dame has two offensive linemen projected in the top half of the 2018 NFL draft with Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. Whoever Brian Kelly decides on as Deshone Kizer’s replacement should have a solid pocket to pass from.
  • High ankle sprain kept him out of a game and change in 2015.

Strengths

  • Solid pass blocking base.
  • Strong upper body.
  • Plays very disciplined in a zone blocking scheme.
  • Able to get to the second level.
  • Devastating run blocker, can bury a defensive tackle once he gets leverage.
  • Recognizes spin moves early, creates the necessary separation and then reengages.
  • Plays to the whistle.
  • Good balance, even when he loses leverage can still remain engaged enough to hold his block.

Areas of Concern

  • Missed part of two games in 2015 with high ankle sprain, not a real concern.
  • Quick on the pull for his size, but may need to add a step for the NFL.
  • Pads get high on rare occasion, but not much of a concern.
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