I think there is a good chance that Denver lands Kirk Cousins this offseason. That would allow the Broncos to add another talent to help build for another shot at the Super Bowl while they still have an excellent defense. Denver could use more help on the offensive line to reestablish a rushing attack and protect its veteran signal-caller. Here's a difference-maker on the interior for the Broncos, and Nelson could help Garett Bolles. <br> <br>
Nelson was exceptional throughout 2017, dominating opponents on a weekly basis. He has superb strength to blast open holes and is a true road-grader as a run blocker. As a pass protector, Nelson is very athletic with balance, agility, and quickness to shut down pass-rushers. Some league sources say that Nelson is the highest graded guard they've ever scouted, and that includes the likes of Logan Mankins and David DeCastro. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Nelson was dominant in 2016 as well, showing strength at the point of attack to open holes in the ground game and athleticism in pass protection. That year, teams sources told me that Nelson was receiving first-round grades prior to him deciding to return for his senior season. One general manager told me in fall 2017 that they have Nelson as clearly the best guard prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft. They have Nelson as a top-five prospect at any position.
The Vikings could use an upgrade at guard and reunite Price with Pat Elflein. <br> <br>
Price (6-4, 305) impressed NFL evaluators, both with his work in fall training camp and in the games of the 2017 season. They say that Price plays within himself. They like his awareness and call him an above-average athlete. He isn't overly fast or twitchy like the Pouncey brothers, but Price has movement skills and is better than average in space. The sources also like that Price handles big nose tackles well, which can be difficult for centers and is a hard-to-find talent. As a result of his well-balanced play, Price is being viewed as a prospect who could go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. One team source thought that if Josh Garnett and Laken Tomlinson were worthy of first-round picks, then Price could be as well because they feel Price is a better prospect than either Garnett or Tomlinson. Teams are projecting Price to be a starting center in the NFL, but he also has the flexibility to play guard. Price tore a pectoral muslce while bench pressing at the combine, but that shouldn't impact his NFL career once he works his way back onto the field.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/30): Adoree' Jackson, CB and Derek Barnett, DE </i>
Tennessee cut third-round bust Jeremiah Poutasi, and Chance Warmack may not be kept long term. The Titans could more offensive line help. If they draft a tackle, they could kick Jack Conklin inside to guard. <br> <br>
Ivey has blocked well as a sophomore, showing improvements in pass protection and run blocking. The key for him is to stay healthy and gain experience, as he has a ton of potential. <br> <br>
Ivey was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and validated the ranking with an impressive freshman season. He was an effective starter at guard for Florida with natural athleticism. <br> <br>
Ivey (6-5, 312) could use more power for the NFL, but he was only 18 during his first season. He has plenty of time to get stronger despite having shoulder surgery after last season. Ivey might move to left tackle in the years to come. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Dominick Sanders, S </i> </u>