Upon conclusion of week five, it’s gotta be mock draft time, right? Well, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has released a new one today, and he’s got the Los Angeles Rams picking someone that could take this offense to a new level:
19. Los Angeles Rams
OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
The Los Angeles Rams patched the holes on their offensive line by signing free agents Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan last offseason, but the matter of youth is still a major concern here. Getting younger and better on the offensive line to aid Jared Goff and Todd Gurley as they grow is huge for Los Angeles.
Quenton Nelson is a true impact starter as a rookie at guard. That isn't a sexy position, but it should be for the Rams. This is the type of player who walks into the facility as a starter and holds down that spot for five years throughout his rookie deal. Nelson is smart, tough and has the mean streak you want from an interior blocker.
The Rams offensive line is playing much better through five weeks, but continuing to add talent to the front five will ensure the young talent on this offense can continue to grow and reach their potential.
As he mentioned, OG isn’t a “sexy” position. That’s true, but for a team who is reliant on running the ball effectively and giving their young QB a beautiful pocket to operate in, Nelson would be an incredible pick. Many draft analysts are very high on Nelson, and some have called him “a plug-and-play starter for the next 10 years.” Nelson could certainly be a home run pick for the Rams.