Former Notre Dame football guard Quenton Nelson would be a welcome addition to any team, but he would fit into what one franchise is doing perfectly.
It’s not often that you see a guard as highly rated and as coveted as former Notre Dame football player Quenton Nelson is heading into the NFL Draft. Nelson is almost unanimously consider the top offensive lineman available and has been projected as high as the second overall pick in some of the most high-profile mock drafts in the business.
Nelson is the total package at the position. He’s an absolute mauler in the run game who also uses his speed and agility to pull and lead runs outside and off tackle. His quick feet also help in in pass blocking, as he almost always beats his man off the line and is able to stay in front of him. That same quickness — combined with his size — leaves the door open for him to play offensive tackle as well if needed, though he is a natural guard.
The team that drafts Nelson and gets the most out of his talent will be one that wants to run the ball consistently. He can literally play in any offense on day one, but not allowing him to be a road grader and the focal point of a power rushing attack is simply not allowing him to do what he does best.
Best Fit: Chicago Bears
The Chicago offense is on the rise. They have a solid young quarterback, two talented young backs in the backfield and just added Allen Robinson at receiver. Putting a talent like Nelson on the offensive line will only amplify what those skill players are already capable of doing. The Bears would be competitive quickly and Nelson would surely be a fan favorite in the Windy City — thanks both to playing at Notre Dame as well as for his aggressive stlye of play. As a bonus, he would also be reunited with former offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.