Quenton Nelson lands just outside the top 10 of PFF’s player rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quenton Nelson #56 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson receives a flattering ranking in Pro Football Focus’ rank of the 50 best players in the NFL.

The Indianapolis Colts are a team loaded with talent, and one of their most talented players is left guard Quenton Nelson. Since being drafted No. 6 overall in 2018, Nelson has been absolutely special, living up to lofty expectations. A day-one starter, Big Q quickly established himself as the best interior offensive lineman in the NFL.

Traditionally, offensive linemen are overlooked, especially guards. However, Quenton Nelson plays with a style that demands attention, frequently delivering fan-friendly blocks. The way he navigates the field and throws grown NFL players is made for viral content.

That’s why he’s routinely recognized as one of the best offensive linemen in the league. Just recently, Nelson was ranked as the top interior offensive lineman by an ESPN survey of people throughout the league. Now, Nelson has been ranked the 11th-best player in the NFL by PFF’s ranking of the league’s top 50 players.

Quenton Nelson ranked 11th-best player in the NFL

Sam Monson of PFF expressed how Nelson is head and shoulders above his peers when fully healthy but that he wasn’t 100% last season. Monson concluded his point by saying, “At his best, he is a unique force in the running game and a very high-level pass blocker, but he needs to bounce back in 2022 now that he is back to full health.”

Last season, Nelson did miss the first action of his career. After starting 48 of 48 possible games through three years, Nelson missed four games with injury last season. However, he did remain dominant in the 13 games he played, earning himself his fourth-consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.

He’ll reprise that dominance this season, hopefully for all 17 games, as he leads an offensive line that has to continue to make paths for Jonathan Taylor and also keep newly acquired quarterback, Matt Ryan, clean. With Nelson as a pillar up front, the line should be able to help the Colts’ offense reach new heights.