We all knew Quenton Nelson was incredible when he played for the Notre Dame Fighting as a starter from 2015 to 2017. During his senior year, Nelson made guard play sexy again with his ferocious blocking. Whether it was picking up the blitz coming from the other side, or just straight demolishing the man in front of him — we were all watching offensive line highlights throughout the 2017 season.
Quenton has proved in two short years that he is one of the best in the NFL, and Pro Football Focus recently named Nelson as the #2 player under 25 years of age in the entire league.
Nelson was about as easy an NFL projection as you can get coming out of Notre Dame, and it’s no surprise that he has wasted no time in cementing his spot as one of the best guards in the NFL. He raised his grade from 79.4 as a rookie to 91.2 this past season, and his 88.8 grade over the last two seasons combined is higher than any other interior offensive lineman in the league over that span. To be as dominant as Nelson has been at his age is a rarity in the NFL.
As a Notre Dame fan, it’s easy to grab a large handful of Irish names out of a bag as some of the best football players in college and in the NFL, but make sure you leave room for Nelson — and he’s barely scratched the surface of his career.