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If position value didn't matter and teams abide by a literal "best player available" approach, Nelson would be in strong consideration for the No. 1 overall pick. And while guard isn't traditionally viewed as worthy of a high selection, that outdated thinking can be dismissed with a special player like Nelson. The former Irish lineman started 36 games at left guard (31 consecutive) for Notre Dame. There is no such thing as a "safe" prospect in the NFL draft, but Nelson has very low bust potential and should contend for Pro Bowl consideration very early in his NFL career.
Nelson passes the eye test with a thick frame and the powerful upper body to dominate defenders. He secures down blocks with his inline strength and is a people-mover in the run game, flashing violence in his hands to steer and bully objects in his path. In pass protection, he isn't the most athletic blocker, but he has a powerful base with the body balance needed to mirror and bend his knees to anchor, absorbing contact without much trouble.
Mild-mannered off the field, Nelson flips a switch between the lines and becomes a nasty competitor, looking to bury defenders. His leadership on and off the field is also a strong selling point as the main voice on the offensive line to keep the communication flowing. Nelson played offensive tackle in high school and could probably kick outside if needed, but his best NFL position is at guard.
--Field Level Media