Unlike years past, Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson was not the unanimous selection as the best guard in the NFL.
Since being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, Quenton Nelson has dominated the NFL and has consistently been regarded as the best interior offensive lineman in the league. While there were other good players at the position, Nelson was in a class of his own and many recognized that.
However, Nelson is now starting to get some competition for his throne. ESPN has been releasing position rankings based on a poll of over 50 NFL coaches, scouts, execs, and players. Recently, the interior offensive linemen rankings were put out.
Rightfully, Quenton Nelson was voted to the No. 1 spot for the third year in a row, however, this year was much closer for Nelson than it’s ever been. Jeremy Fowler said, “Zack Martin and Brandon Scherff stole several of his first-place votes.” But, Nelson still had the majority and remains on the throne.
Quenton Nelson ranked best interior offensive lineman in NFL
The reason the field is closing in on Nelson is that he’s coming off his worst season as a professional. For the first time in his career, Nelson missed a game last season— four to be exact. In the 13 games he did play, Nelson only allowed one sack.
That means a season where Nelson paved the way for the league’s leading rusher, only gave up one sack and was selected to the Pro Bowl and Second-Team All-Pro, was the worst of his career. That just shows how special of a talent he is and what the standard is for him.
Hopefully, Nelson will be able to remain healthy this coming season and remind everyone that he is head and shoulders above his peers. While there are other good guards and centers in the league, Nelson has previously established that he is on another level and it looks like it’s time for a refresher.