Quenton NelsonOLG ND

6-5, 329, (U) 5.33, 26.5" Vert, 

33 3/4" Arms, 35 Reps,

8'9" Br,  7.65 3-Cone, 4.62 SS, 

Inside Dominance. 


Plays very well with his arms extended and some lean in pass pro. "Quenton is as fine a college football player as I’ve seen in a long time, as complete as I’ve seen," Cincy's Director of Scouting Tobin. "I’m not sure Quenton can’t play any of the five spots up front. We’ll see where he ultimately lines up as a rookie and second-year player. It’s a philosophical question: Do guards matter? Every position matters on the field. He certainly has earned his way to the top of this draft, for sure." Does a good job using his hands and positon to keep bigger DTs from getting up field. 

He is a nasty dude on the field. "Yeah," Nelson said, "I would consider myself a nasty player." He really looks the part. Muscular thick build that makes him look more like a rhino blocking than a dude. Great two handed burst right off the snap to stone the DT right away. Amazingly strong hands that he can use to push a DL down and hold him down, or push him up and hold him up.

He is an odd prospect. He does not short set in pass pro all the time. He will move forward with his arms to absorb the initial burst. He gets knocked back a little, a lot, but reanchors beautifully. Great job powering into the DE, popping him up and sealing him helplessly on the edge. It doesn't take long to see why he is so highly thought of. 

Nice job getting outside and to the third level on the Screen. "He's so unique because he's big, but he's not fat," a scout said. "He's one of the best run blockers I've ever evaluated, but he's not a liability in pass protection Mike Iupati is. He's also an alpha who can bring and ass-kicking mindset into your position room." He can really move out in space. 

Great feet pulling. He can make himself skinny and slide sideways through the line to trap the LB inside. "You’re probably not going to get a better teammate," McGlinchey said. "He's a phenomenal player, phenomenal person. Cares as much as anybody in the building, works as hard as anybody in the building and when he gets into the meeting room, when he steps across those white lines, he’s a different animal." He has great agility moving on the field. 

He stones guys a step or two back from the LOS in pass pro. Elite burst off the snap in run game. He can blast off to the side of the DT before he can move. He stops and so does the DT. He uses his arms very well with power and reach. When he hits guys he knocks them off his feet. Incredible power for an OG. 

He plays with elite power and powerful hands. "As a blocker, my mindset is being dominant," Nelson said. "I want to dominate all my opponents and take their will away to play the game on each play and finishing them past the whistle." He can pull a DT to the ground with just his hands. 

Additional Notes:

Combine: Great hitter on pull block. "You have guys that are dominating the NFL right now in Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, that have just been working on interior guys, and you need guys to stop them. I’m one of those guys. You talk to quarterbacks, and they say if a D-end gets on the edge, that’s fine, they can step up in the pocket and they can throw," Nelson said. "A lot of quarterbacks if given the opportunity can do that. That’s what I give is a pocket to step up in. I also help the offense establish the run through my nastiness, and establishing the run also opens up the passing game, so I think it’s a good choice." He gets low and powers up with impressive force. Besides his arms, he looked like an NFL OLT moving backwards in slide drill. Smooth and easy, for an OG, in mirror drill. 

Georgia: When he and McGlinchey doubled DLs they devastated guys. His pass pro style is so odd. He burst forward in pass pro against Georgia (not a play action), and powered the DT to his knees late in the 3rd. I have never seen anything like it. On the next play they didn't line up anyone in front of him. He consistently does not let the rush get more than three yards up field. Great balance when arms extended and leaning forward a little for power. Good zone blocker.

LSU: He is a force pulling outside. He was outside against LSU, and rammed into the OLB, and ended up hitting two other guys, and taking all three out of the play almost by accident. That was as good a block as I have ever seen. I love how he pulls outside, and pops the LB back so the RB can cut behind him. He is a stone wall in pass pro. LSU stopped rushing his lane.

BC: When he hits DBs on the 2nd level he can knock them five yards back with just a hit. He is great pulling outside and targeting a DB. When he gets under big DTs, he just kept driving them slowly backwards through the whole play. Catches the DE stunting inside and just stops him with his mitts.

McGlinchey and Nelson Vs LSU:

Nelson grabbed the DT and pulled him down to the ground with just his hands. While McGlinchey stalemated the DE at the LOS (:01). McGlinchey holds off the DE, and then turned to hit the inside blitzer. Nelson popped the blitzer so hard that he knocked McGlinchey off his feet (:08). Nelson turned and sealed the big DT with great power from his inside hand (:14). McGlinchey pulled to the other side of the line and took out the LB.  

Nice slide by McGlinchey. Nelson just waited, and then stopped him with his two hands (:21). McGlinchey uses his hands and feet very well to seal the edge. Nelson was outside the DT before he moved, and sealed before he knows what was going on (:40). When McGlinchey and Nelson double team DLs, they bend them into pretzels (:47). Nelson pulled around McGlinchey like a charging bull, and sealed the LB inside on the 2nd level (:53). McGlinchey stalemated the DT until the RB could get by. 

Nelson pulled all the way outside, and then shoved the DL out of the play. McGlinchey pulled outside, and impacted the DE outside and sealed him (1:00). Nice turn and seal block by McGlinchey. Watch Nelson pull around the OC, and kickslide with his great feet to seal the LB (1:07). I love how they both move in unison when pulling outside to the left (1:24). McGlinchey has a nice burst backwards on his first step in pass pro (1:31). Nelson just ran around the DT.

McGlinchey stepped back and stopped, and the rusher ran into him. Nelson stoned the DT at the line, and then the OC helped drive him back (1:37). Nelson got to the 2nd level and destroyed the LB. McGlinchey showed a great burst off the snap and knocked the DE back. Then pretzeled him (1:44). McGlinchey kickslides back to fast, and has to slow to let the big DL catch up (1:53). One thing about Nelson that worries me is that the OC doubled with him a lot in pass pro. 

I love how Nelson went low, and impacted the DT up and stoned him. McGlinchey sealed the DE like he was a kid (2:00). Nelson on the double team block again, while McGlinchey tried a cut block that was ugly (2:07). Watch the great hand fight by McGlinchey as he fought backwards against the big rusher. Great balance and agility (2:14). Nelson doubled the DL inside again. But he had a great grip on the DT's shirt and didn't let go.

They both reached out and stone DLs at the line for a very long time on the flea flicker (2:24). McGlinchey didn't run well at the Combine, but he looked great dancing around the DE, and running out to the Flat. He doubled the DT into the Center. Then watch him shuffle outside to the second level to seal the LB. That was excellent (2:57). Nelson stepped forward in pass pro, and stoned the DE (3:11). McGlinchey did a good job fighting outside in space.

It is tough because they slide back so little. Nelson with another double team block in pass pro. I don't understand this blocking scheme (3:19). Both McGlinchey and Nelson win with leverage and arms extended, but don't move back enough (3:33). Pass pro without a kickslide, just standing and stalemating (3:42). McGlinchey shuffled back a little, but no slide. Nelson just waited for someone to head butt (3:49). Almost kickslid there, while Nelson doubled the DT into the OC, and then had to turn and bail, but picked up the blitzer nicely (3:56). I'm starting to get worried.

McGlinchey kickslides a little, then stopped and grabbed. Love this block by Nelson. He doubled with the OC. Then watch him grab and drive the blitzer past the QB at the last second (4:02). Nelson popped the rusher inside McGlinchey, and he lost to a power move inside (4:09). McGlinchey mirrors the edge rusher nicely. While Nelson stoned the DT at the line (4:31). Nelson showed a little of his athleticism pulling to his left (4:38). McGlinchey is a great power blocker in the run game. 

McGlinchey needs a lot of work on technique and kickslide. That is terrible (4:46). I love how Nelson benched the DT to the ground. McGlinchey used his feet and hands well in pass pro, without a lot of technique (5:15). McGlinchey did a good job hoping around the TE, and hitting the DE and fighting him back (5:30). Nelson got popped back, but recovered and fought all the way outside. 

Mike has some quick feet moving backwards. Nelson got trapped inside as he was unable to pull around the OC (5:39). I think I have to lower both guys off of that Tape. 

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Nelson's Official Bio:

Notre Dame captain (2017)
AP Second Team All-American (2016)
Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American (2016)
Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year (2016)

Started all 12 games at left guard
Helped running back Josh Adams run for over 100 yards four times (Nevada, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and USC), including a career-best 180 yards at rival USC (Nov. 26)
Part of the offensive line that paved the way for 417.6 total yards per game.

Saw action in 12 games and started 11 at left guard on an offensive line which was a finalist for the inaugural Joe Moore Award
Missed the Navy game (Oct. 10) and most of USC (Oct. 17) with an ankle injury
Part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average 5.63 rushing yards per carry (eighth-best in the FBS) -- a modern (post WWII) school record
Notre Dame ranked 27th nationally in total offense, averaging 466.4 yards per game, its third-best mark since setting a school record in 1970 by averaging 510.5 yards per game
Notre Dame was one of 11 programs nationally to average 205 yards rushing and 250 yards passing per game in 2015 (Irish had not accomplished this feat since 1970)
Notre Dame averaged 207.6 rushing yards per game (28th in the FBS), the best rushing output since 2000, including six games with 200+ yards (Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, UMass, USC and Stanford)
Paved the way for first-year RB C.J. Prosise, who rushed for 1,032 yards (second-fewest carries needed to reach 1,000 yards) and recorded the 18th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history, and freshman RB Josh Adams, who set a freshman single-season school record with 835 yards rushing
Blocked for an Irish rushing attack that recorded 457 yards vs. UMass (Sept. 26) -- the best single-game rushing total by Notre Dame in 23 years, and 299 yards at Stanford (Nov. 28) -- the most by an opponent in David Shaw's five seasons (35 carries for an 8.5 per-carry average against nation's No. 22 rush defense)
Helped the Irish register a pair of 90+ yard TD rushes (Adams 98 vs. Wake Forest, Prosise 91 vs. Georgia Tech)
Notre Dame had just two rushes of at least 90 yards in the first 126 seasons of Irish football
The 98-yard TD run by Adams vs. Wake Forest was the longest play from scrimmage in Notre Dame history and longest rush by a freshman in NCAA history
Blocked for 10 individual 100-yard rushing games -- the most by the Irish since 1983 (11)
Three different Notre Dame players recorded 100-yard rushing games

One of four freshman offensive linemen who spent the season on scout team and did not see the field
Joined Sam Mustipher, Jimmy Byrne and Alex Bars as rookies who helped the Irish on their offensive scout team

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