Generally, when fans think of superstars in the NFL, offensive linemen don’t come to mind. Yet their importance to the game can’t be overstated — just ask the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter released a ranking of the top 25 future NFL stars in college football this season, and Notre Dame left guard Quenton Nelson cracked the top 10. At No. 9, Nelson was not only the highest-rated guard on the list, but the highest-rated offensive lineman.
Nelson, who earlier Wednesday became a unanimous first-team All-American, is eligible to declare for the NFL Draft this year as a redshirt sophomore. He is widely projected as a top-15 pick.
Reuter wrote that he has been most impressed with Nelson’s dominance in both run and pass blocking and his ability to help both the center and tackle out.
“Nelson’s ability to control the line of scrimmage is what every offensive coordinator desires,” Reuter wrote. “He drives his man off the ball consistently in the run game, and possesses the mobility to hit second-level targets. Nelson’s anchor in pass protection is as strong as anyone’s, and his willingness to help out the center and left tackle has put more than one defender on the ground.”
While Nelson has not yet declared whether he intends to enter next year’s draft, he is expected to do so. If he does, Reuter believes he has the makings of a franchise guard — even, by virtue of being an offensive linemen, most fan’s don’t buy his jersey.
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