Of all the players taken in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft, the one who has had easily the best career up to this point is guard Quenton Nelson. The Indianapolis Colts traded down from No. 3 to No. 6 in a deal with the New York Jets and got the best offensive guard to enter the draft since Zack Martin went to the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. This is why the Colts should be good next year.
In two years playing for Indianapolis, Nelson has made it to two Pro Bowls and been named to two All-Pro First Team rosters. Though he plays the unsexy position of guard, he’s arguably been the best pick of the entire first round, right up there with Lamar Jackson who went No. 32 to the Baltimore Ravens. Nelson is on a Pro Football Hall of Fame trajectory entering year three.
Though his Colts missed out on the AFC playoffs last year, they will be in contention for a division title next year depending on how they perform against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South. While Sam Darnold could still maybe be something for the Jets, the Colts have won the early part of this trade going away.
We don’t have to pile on too much here, but Indianapolis not only didn’t make a mistake of Rosen but made the best collection of decisions of any team picking in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft. With a top-10 pick, you’re hoping to draft a player who could wind up in Canton. It’s still so early, but Nelson has the feel of one of the roughly five players in his class who will earn a gold jacket.