Indianapolis Colts Draft Holmdel’s Quenton Nelson in First Round
In the first round of the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Notre Dame offensive guard and Holmdel, NJ-native Quenton Nelson.
The 22-year-old ranked atop the list of overall prospects in this years draft class, and was a pick right up Indy’s alley.
The 6-5, 325 pound guard has plenty of draft experts gushing at his NFL potential. Nelson’s 33 and 3/4 arm length has created issues for opposing defenders, as well as exuding tremendous power to impose his will. Perhaps, more importantly, Nelson can finish his blocks.
Scouts and analysts have already anointed Nelson as a “future Hall of Famer,” as well as having pro comparisons to Larry Allen.
What Nelson Brings to the Colts
Indianapolis’ offensive line has struggled over the years. In fact, the lack of pass protection did contribute to the injury of Andrew Luck, who suffered a torn labrum in 2016, and has yet to take the field. Even backup Jacoby Brissett suffered from a lackluster o-line, as he was sacked 52 times last season, the most of quarterback in the league.
Now, the Colts bring in Nelson, who can be a serious nightmare on the inside of the line of scrimmage. Just look at what he did in the Citrus Bowl against LSU.
With Nelson on the o-line, Luck (if and when he returns) and Brissett will be able to stand upright, as well as create holes for the running back.
Even with the plethora of needs, general manager Chris Ballard gets a huge talent in Quenton Nelson at No. 6, both figuratively and literally.