QUENTON NELSON

Notre Dame
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Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
Holmdel, NJ
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
325 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
10 3/8”

Prospect Grade

7.34
Pro Bowl-caliber player
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 1 ‧ Pick 6
40 Yard Dash
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Seconds
 
Bench Press
35
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
26.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
105.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.65
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.62
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Defensive linemen facing Nelson and Mike McGlinchey on the left side of the Irish's line usually had a long day ahead of them. Nelson is a tough New Jersey kid who earned second-team USA Today All-American honors as a high school senior and was ranked in the top 50 overall recruits nationally as a guard. Notre Dame didn't need him to suit up as a freshman, however, so he redshirted. Nelson got his chance in 2015, starting 11 of 12 games played at left guard (missing parts of two games with an ankle injury) next to 2016 first-round pick Ronnie Stanley. He and McGlinchey then manned the left side in all 12 games of the Irish's disappointing 2016 season, though scouts weren't disappointed with Nelson's ability to move the line of scrimmage low and strong, as well as force defenders to the ground with regularity.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1 (top 10)
NFL Comparison
Larry Allen
Overview
Elite guard prospect with outstanding size, rare power and a block finisher who can make tape room sessions uncomfortable for most opponents. Nelson is technically sound and is unlikely to face a long adjustment period once he gets into the league. Nelson may need to make sure and keep his play speed high and prevent against taking his eyes off of his target when coming off the ball. Nelson has the traits and talent to become an All-Pro guard for years to come.
Strengths
  • Built like a bank safe with wide hips, broad chest and powerful limbs
  • Known for intimidating power
  • Rarely beaten by power alone
  • Comes out of the blocks with good pad level
  • Unlocks powerful hips into contact
  • Can forklift defenders out of the gap creating massive running lanes
  • Extremely aggressive at point of attack and isn't happy until he is imposing his will
  • Premier double team blocker along with teammate Mike McGlinchey
  • Uses plus leg drive to cave-in down blocks
  • Moves laterally and in space with adequate fluidity
  • Works his feet and hips into position to keep blocks secured
  • Has core strength and body control to make rare recoveries when beaten
  • Field aware and able to adjust his assignment
  • Pass sets from desired posture with wide base and evenly distributed weight
  • Punch is compact and powerful
  • Fires hands like pistons and is almost always first into the frame with jolt and extension
  • Able to lock out rushers and maintain complete control with quality mirror through rep
  • Has hand strength to snatch and sustain in pass pro and run game
Weaknesses
  • Has a tendency to drop his head into contact in front of him
  • Will lose sight of his target and whiff against slanting, arm-over specialists
  • Was on the ground more than he should be against Wake Forest defensive tackles looking to shoot gaps
  • Has a slight hitch when coming out of his stance as a pull blocker
  • Lingers on secure blocks a fraction too long before moving up to linebackers
  • May have to expedite his pace against NFL defenses
  • Still room for improvement in pass protection and keeping athletic rushers centered
  • Has had some injury concerns over the years
Sources Tell Us

"He's so unique because he's big, but he's not fat. He's one of the best run blockers I've ever evaluated, but he's not a liability in pass protection Mike Iupati is. He's also an alpha who can bring and ass-kicking mindset into your position room." - NFC team personnel executive

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league