Indianapolis Colts · Seasons: 2
Quenton Nelson did not allow a sack on 562 pass-blocking snaps last season, per PFF, helping drive his value as my model’s highest-rated left guard. Per my computer vision, Nelson’s production in the run game was the second-highest in the NFL among all guards (and the best among left guards) as measured by the number of rushing yards earned when he was in the path of the rusher (4.9).
Of course, this only helps reinforce a notion that Colts fans already know, that Nelson is an elite offensive guard and arguably the NFL’s best player at his respective position—after playing only two NFL seasons and at just 24 years old.
Since being selected with the 6th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Nelson has made all 32 starts for the Colts offensive line at starting left guard and has lived up to his enormous hype as one of the best guard prospects to come out in the last quarter of a century.
The 2x NFL First-Team All-Pro is quite possibly the Colts ‘face of the franchise’ right now—and at offensive guard to boot.
He excels as both a pass and run blocker—showing impeccable athleticism, strength, technique, and awareness—while delivering soul-crushing blocks in the process.
Nelson’s made a household name for himself playing a position that’s historically been nameless. His toughness, physicality, and leadership have worn off on all of his teammates.
He’s been a catalyst for a much improved Colts offensive line since his arrival in 2018—one that’s become one of the best units in football during that same span.
Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), Nelson was ranked as its second best graded offensive guard with a +91.2 grade overall this past season—highlighted by a +90.1 run blocking grade. Nelson surrendered 0 sacks and a mere 20 total QB pressures—while committing just 3 penalties during 2019.
The NFL analytics presented by Frelund here help support what Colts fans saw firsthand with their eyes this past season: Nelson’s pure dominance.