1. OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
Why Quenton Nelson Is Here On The List: Yes, he’s really, really good, but some of the love and affection for him has gotten out of hand.
The 6-5, 330-pounder is the perfect size, has the perfect NFL body type, and has all the tools in the bag to be a consistent All-Pro blocker who becomes an anchor up front.
Functionally strong, don’t get caught up in his bench press, or any other parts of his workout. Also, don’t form an opinion on the one or three bad highlights someone will unearth. He’s what everyone wants in an NFL offensive guard, especially for a run blocking team that wants to revolve around the interior.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Is he really worth taking over one of the elite quarterback prospects, or better yet, the value of the draft spot he’ll likely be taken? At the end of the day, he’s a guard. He’s an amazing prospect, but a guard is a guard. As good as he is, it’ll take a bit of a sales job to make him a top ten pick, and especially a top five selection.
Bottom Line: He might just be that good to be a cornerstone blocker for a struggling franchise. He’s an ideal New York Giant, but at the two? How about to Cleveland at the four? He’s a much, much better prospect than Iowa’s Brandon Scherff was when he was taken with the fifth overall pick in 2015, and now, there’s a chance he becomes the earliest-picked guard taken since the Baltimore Colts selected Ken Huff at the three in 1975.