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Quenton Nelson ‘easiest pick’ Colts GM Chris Ballard has ever been apart of

Quenton Nelson, Colts

In the weeks ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts decided to move back from the third overall pick to the sixth spot in a trade with the New York Jets. Despite moving down a few selections, Indianapolis was able to snag the top projected offensive lineman in this year’s class.

According to Stephen Holder of the Indy Star, general manager Chris Ballard of the Indy Star stated that the selection of former Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson was the simplest choice he has had to make in the draft.

Everything Ballard said indicated other remaining players on the Colts’ board at No. 6, including Roquan Smith, ranked well below Nelson. The selection of Nelson was, Ballard said, “the easiest pick I’ve ever been a part of.”

Ballard had even acknowledged that there would have been a discussion had former NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb had been on the board but voiced that the team saw a higher ceiling of potential in the Notre Dame product.

Nelson is widely viewed as arguably as one of the most talented players in this year’s draft that will pan out to becoming a top-tier talent in the NFL with multiple All-Pro selections to his name. At the collegiate level, he proved to be a huge asset in both running and passing situations behind his size and strength.

The former Notre Dame star could immediately step in to provide some much-needed protection for Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck in what’s being anticipated a full return from his shoulder surgery this upcoming season. The Colts have lacked any true protection for Luck over the last few seasons that has only further contributed to the team’s struggles offensively.
With all that in mind, it made the selection of Nelson a natural choice for the front office given the pressing need that could be a long-term centerpiece on the offensive line for the next decade.