Offensive guards aren’t drafted in the top 10 and certainly not the top five. Jonathan Cooper, the No. 7 overall pick of the Cardinals in 2013, was the last offensive guard to go in the top 10. You have to go way back to find a guard in the top five, with the Falcons selecting Bill Fralic second overall in 1985. But Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson projects as a top-10, if not a top-five choice, having earned comparisons to Larry Allen. “I think I should be talked in that regard, the top-five conversation, because you have guys who are dominating the NFL right now in Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox that have just been working on interior guys,” Nelson said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “You need guys to stop them, and I think I’m one of those guys. You talk to quarterbacks, and they say if a D-end gets on the edge, that’s fine. They can step up in the pocket and make a throw. A lot of quarterbacks, if given the opportunity, can do that. So that’s what I give is a pocket to step up in, and I think I also help the offense establish the run through my nastiness.” Nelson measured 6 foot 5 and weighed 325 pounds with 10 3/8-inch hands, 33 6/8-inch arms and an 82 5/8-inch wingspan. He had 35 reps in the 225-pound bench press.
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Quenton Nelson could become a top pick despite his position
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