Quenton Nelson didn’t have much to prove in his senior season at Notre Dame. Still, the All-American departed South Bend as one of the top offensive linemen in the ocuntry and paved the way for running back Josh Adams to put up big numbers in 2017.
With the year he enjoyed, it should be no surprise that his services will be in high demand at the professional ranks. According to Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB, Nelson is the No. 2 NFL Draft prospect in the country, behind only Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
“Nelson is a violent mauler with brute strength and a nasty disposition, but blends it with nimble athleticism that allows him to thrive in space and as a pass protector,” said the MMQB’s Gary Gramling.
Nelson being ranked as the second-best prospect obviously doesn’t mean he’ll be the second player picked in the draft this spring, per se. But he does have an opportunity to become the highest-picked offensive lineman since former teammate Ronnie Stanley went sixth overall in 2016.
Linemate Mike McGlinchey saw himself just outside the top 20, placing at No. 21. Still, that makes him the No. 4 offensive lineman in the draft.
The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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