The 2018 NFL Draft is all over now, and it certainly threw up a couple of surprises throughout the three days, including in the first round with five quarterbacks taken by teams before the end of the round.
While many will discuss whether or not those quarterback picks will pay off, one of the picks regarded by fans as one of the safest picks of the draft is that made by the Indianapolis Colts when they selected Quenton Nelson with the sixth overall selection.
The Notre Dame guard will now be the bodyguard for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for the foreseeable future, and if the nickname which has been given to him back several facilities is anything to go by, he's going to be a very reliable piece of their offense moving forward.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, several facilities have nicknamed Nelson “Earl Grey” or some variation of tea beverage because all he did on film was teabag opposing players after he drove their faces into the turf!
This will surely be a sight which many Colts fans will enjoy over the next couple of years, as at least if Nelson is as dominant as his nickname's meaning suggests, it will mean Luck will have a greater chance of staying upright on the field.
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has been sacked a total 156 times since joining the NFL in 2012. While that number isn't extremely high for sacks in that timeframe, he did miss the entire 2017 season, plus he's had two 41 sack seasons with the most recent one coming in 2016.
Taking into account the consistent problems Luck has had with his shoulder, which he is only just coming back from, and you start to understand why this pick had to be made if Nelson was available. The guard was probably the highest ranked player on their draft board.
The Notre Dame guard was just too good of a player for a need which they have on their team for them to pass up, so the Colts arguably made one of the best and smartest picks of the first round last Thursday.