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Colts All-Pro Quenton Nelson Has a Pretty Great Streak Going at Offensive Guard

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According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis Colts All-Pro offensive guard Quenton Nelson has a pretty impressive streak going at his position—among the entire league:

Considering that Nelson has only made 32 career regular season starts (and 34 total starts including playoffs), then that streak gets even crazier.

He’s simply been a juggernaut at offensive guard for the Colts.

Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), the former 6th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft has been as great as advertised, as he was their 2nd best graded guard overall last season with a +91.2 overall grade—including a +90.1 run blocking grade.

Additionally, Nelson ranked #4 overall among PFF’s Top 50 NFL players.

As noted, Nelson didn’t surrender a single sack and allowed a mere 20 total QB pressures this past season—while committing just 3 total penalties.

He’s the league’s best road grader in the ground game and also graded out very favorably in all run blocking concepts (per PFF’s Sam Monson):

“Since the first month of his NFL career ended, Nelson has the highest run-blocking grade among all guards by almost five grading points,” Monson writes. “Nelson is the only player with a grade north of 90.0, and only three other guards are even above 80.0 in the same time span — all current or former All-Pros.”

“Nelson leads the league in percentage of positively graded run blocks among guards over the past two seasons and is top three in percentage of dominant blocks,” Monson notes.

“Another hallmark of quality is being good in all situations, and that’s exactly what we see in his case,” Monson adds. “Not only is Nelson good at pass blocking or run blocking, but he’s also good against any type of run play. On zone runs, he was in the 98th percentile among guards last season, and he was in the 93rd percentile on gap run concepts. In all of PFF’s stable metrics — those that predict future performance well — there is no category in which Nelson ranked lower than the 85th percentile in 2019. If you extend that over his entire NFL, his floor is the 88th percentile.”

At 6’5”, 330 pounds, Nelson is a terrific athlete with great technique, surprisingly quick feet, strength, and awareness. He’s the complete package at offensive guard and has been a catalyst in improving the Colts offensive line over the past two seasons—which has transformed into one of the league’s best units.

His tremendous physicality, tenacity, toughness, and overall nasty demeanor have worn off on his fellow Colts offensive line teammates too:

The Colts’ ‘pancake robot’ continues to be a generational talent at guard—delivering bone-crushing blocks, red hot flapjacks, and simply being an anchor along their interior.

However, it’s some of the little things like sprinting downfield to help a downed teammate off the turf or yelling at his general manager because he once didn’t think he’d been placed in the best position to get better at practice that also really stand out.

Arguably the Colts’ ‘face of the franchise’ right now, the 24 year old 2x All-Pro offensive guard should be a cornerstone for years to come for the Colts—and it’ll be interesting to see just how long he can keep his current streak going (*knock on wood*).