Nelson said Jan. 1 that he would forgo his senior season at Notre Dame and enter the 2018 NFL Draft, Pete Sampson of reports.

There was never much of a doubt that the 6-foot-5, 330-pound Nelson, widely regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the draft class, would bolt for the NFL. Though even top interior-line prospects are often relegated to the back half of the first round, Nelson's well-rounded skill set, athleticism and strong track record against high-level competition should allow him to land within the top 10 picks.