The consensus going into the NFL Combine is that Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson is the top offensive lineman coming out of college. He’s listed as a guard, but with his size, the New York Giants should consider him elsewhere.
There’s not a single Giants fan that wants to see Ereck Flowers remain as the starting left tackle in 2018, so what can they do to change that? Well, how about sticking Nelson there instead?
According to a CBS Sports analysis:
“Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame. Sooooo … is Nelson a guard or tackle? Because 6-foot-5, 325 pounds and 33 6/8-inch arms is tackle size. Those numbers certainly lend credence to Nelson’s mauler reputation.”
The mauling guard certainly fit the mold for the Fighting Irish, and any team willing to invest their first-round pick in him will reap the benefits. The Giants will likely find it hard to take him at No. 2, but if they are offered a deal to trade back and remain in the top 6, they could snag him for a steal.
Adding a talent like Nelson would instantly improve the offensive line, especially if Dave Gettleman manages to swing Andrew Norwell to the right side of the fence.
How about this idea:
Since allowing Flowers to continue starting at left tackle is inadvisable, what if they start Nelson at LT and put Flowers at RG? Everybody is talking about Flowers playing right tackle, but what if he was move to guard, where he can’t let edge rushers blow by him on nearly every play.
Something to consider, and it could be a move the Giants experiment with give they take Nelson.