DEEP FRIED DRAFT
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Today we look at one of the best overall prospects in the 2018 Draft, regardless of position. Quenton Nelson was a five-star offensive tackle recruit from Red Bank Catholic in Red Bank, NJ (Snootchie Bootchies!). He was the 29th ranked high school recruit in the nation that year. Nelson redshirted his first year before starting 11 games the following year at left guard. As a junior, he started 12 games at left tackle. Nelson moved back inside to left guard this past season and was an All-American.
2016: Stanford, Virginia Tech
2017: North Carolina, Miami (FL), LSU (Bowl)
Nelson has tremendous power. He is able to hold up a defender with one arm and block another. Nelson is NAAAASSSTTTY! He moves defensive players yards down the field and then buries them beneath the turf. It is like he is trying to take their souls. If a player gets underneath his pads he re-anchors quickly. Nelson is athletic enough to get to the second level swiftly. He infrequently gets beat and when he does he recovers rapidly.
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Quenton Nelson is the cleanest prospect in this draft. There are no “sure things” but he is as close as it gets. I don’t know if a team will, but I would start Nelson at left tackle. Worst case scenario, he is unsuccessful outside and he gets kicked back inside to be an All-Pro candidate at guard. If teams view him as a guard only, then his value is slightly diminished. No matter what, Nelson is a Top-5 prospect.
The only thing that I feel negatively about is positional value for Nelson.