23. G Quenton Nelson
The former University of Notre Dame standout was the first part of a brilliant draft by Colts general manager Chris Ballard in 2018. Guard Quenton Nelson has been in the league for just four seasons. But the addition of the one-time Golden Domer changed the mindset of Indianapolis’ offensive front upon his arrival. His physicality rubbed off on the entire unit from the start.
In 2021, Nelson actually missed four games — the first time during his brief career he did not start every contest in a season. Of course, while he was named to his fourth Pro Bowl in as many years, he did not garner All-Pro honors for the first time.
This past season, second-year running back Jonathan Taylor became the first Colts player to lead the league in rushing since Pro Football Hall of Famer Edgerrin James turned the trick in his second season in 2000 (after leading the NFL In rushing yardage as a rookie in ‘99).
At one time, the Colts’ offensive front was the model of continuity. But there were some key changes along the line in 2021 when left tackle Anthony Costanzo retired. This offseason, guard Mark Glowinski signed with the New York Giants. Nelson is in the final year of a rookie contract. Expect that to change sooner than later.