According to an NFL Network teaser, Indianapolis Colts All-Pro offensive guard Quenton Nelson will unsurprisingly be named in the NFL Top 100 soon (which unveils July 26th)—which means the ‘Pancake Robot’ is ‘coming to town’ for the Colts:
Now, if you’re like me, you probably can’t unsee or unhear that video, and that’s okay.
Since being selected with the 6th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Colts’ 24 year old superstar has taken the league by storm—living up to the enormous hype of being the best offensive guard prospect to come out in the last 25 years as a transcendent talent.
Nelson’s already been named a 2x First-Team All-Pro and is arguably one of the top players in the entire NFL—and potentially the Colts’ new ‘face of the franchise’.
He’s a generational talent and dominant road grading guard, who is quickly paving his Hall of Fame road to Canton, Ohio—as already the league’s best player at his respective position at such an early young age.
(He happens to have a pretty great streak in pass protection too and is a terrific pass blocker.)
Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), Nelson was their second highest graded guard last season (behind only Philadelphia Eagles’ Pro Bowler Brandon Brooks, who had a career year in 2019) with a +91.2 grade overall—highlighted by a +90.1 run blocking grade:
“Since the first month of his NFL career ended, Nelson has the highest run-blocking grade among all guards by almost five grading points,” PFF’s Sam 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.”
Since Week 5 of his rookie season in 2018, he’s been their best graded guard overall in the entire NFL. He was recently ranked PFF’s 4th best overall player in its Top 50 NFL players.
Nelson has made highlight reels with his bone-crushing, pancake blocks of pure physical punishment—the way a quarterback, running back, or wide receiver otherwise would by scoring touchdowns at their respective positions:
.@colts @BigQ56 and his O-LINE had a party at Arrowhead last night. Couldn’t enjoy my overdose of carbs this morning without a little help from AC/DC. This was a BEAUTIFUL NIGHT of football. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/AQHiW0eHPk— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 7, 2019
.@Colts @BigQ56 was part plumber, part trashman, auditioned for WWE, and of course served up some big stacks of pancakes. He was the best LINEMAN on the field Saturday; offensive or defensive. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/QLIoL7Tonl— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) January 6, 2019
Despite playing an unheralded and seemingly unsexy NFL position, Nelson has made a true art of the offensive guard position... bon appétit...
Pan-cake Ro-bot, come and get ‘em while they’re hot! ♪♫♪♫