2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson


PLAYER PROFILE


Height: 6-5

Weight: 325

College: Notre Dame

Class: Senior


TRAITS BREAKDOWN


SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (5/5)

  • Thick, sturdy frame
  • Wide body
  • Long arms (33 3/4″)

PASS BLOCKING (29/30)

  • Great at sustaining blocks
  • Excellent at anchoring against power rushers; immovable
  • Allowed just 5 quarterback pressures in 2017 per PFF

RUN BLOCKING (19/20)

  • ELITE run blocker
  • Plays with leverage; fires out of stance with low pad level
  • Plays through the whistle
  • Excels as a drive blocker; keeps legs driving after engaging with defender; great finisher
  • Excellent as a seal blocker
  • Athletic enough to pull and execute zone concepts
  • Will occasionally whiff on blocks when pulling to the edge on outside zone concepts

TECHNIQUE (13.5/15)

  • Stays square to the line of scrimmage and doesn’t get overextended
  • Maintains proper pad level
  • Shoots hands inside quickly
  • Hands can get a little wide at times

MOVEMENT SKILLS (12/15)

  • Good athleticism for size
  • Decent speed with fluid open field movement
  • Good footwork, agility, and lateral movement

AWARENESS/BLITZ RECOGNITION (15/15)

  • Outstanding awareness as a run and pass blocker
  • Very good at recognizing blitzes and stunts
  • Keeps head on a swivel to locate threats to the quarterback
  • Great at executing combo blocks

VERDICT


NFL COMPARISON: Steve Hutchinson

OVERALL GRADE: 93.50/100.00 —  TOP 10 — ELITE; perennial Pro Bowler with All-Pro potential

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