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Quenton Nelson NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Indianapolis Colts' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Notre Dame offensive lineman Quenton Nelson defends the line during the first half of an NCAA football game against Southern California,in South Bend, Ind. Neldson is expected to be a first round pick in the NFL Draft.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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POSITIVES

—A dancing bear with excellent strength, agility, football IQ and toughness at the point of attack.

—A power blocker who is a mean finisher at the point of attack.

—Has the body to play anywhere on the offensive line.

—Three-year starter at left guard.

—Works well to the second level to attack inside linebackers.

—Has the lateral agility to be dynamic pulling.

—Incredible awareness to see and feel blitzes and delayed pressure.

—Run-blocking grades are off the charts good.

           

NEGATIVES

—Positional value may drive Nelson down the board further than his ranking.

—There are few negatives, but one is limited athleticism.

           

OVERALL

Quenton Nelson is one of the cleanest prospects we've evaluated in the history of the Draft 400 series. He's big, strong, smart and tough. Nelson grades as the third-best player in the class and ranks as the safest pick. He has the traits to be an All-Pro guard.

          

GRADE: 7.75 (Top 5 Pick)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Steve Hutchinson, retired

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