Indianapolis Colts left guard Quenton Nelson and center Ryan Kelly will be going into their fifth season anchoring the interior offensive line together.
That continuity, in addition to their production over that time, is why CBS Sports named them the best duo on the Colts roster entering the 2022 campaign.
Nelson and Kelly are one of the best interior lineman duos in the NFL — and the pair line up right next to each other. Nelson has played 4,027 snaps in his career, allowing as many sacks as Pro Bowls and All-Pro selections earned (four). Kelly has been to three consecutive Pro Bowls and allowed only six sacks and 11 quarterback hits in 2,773 snaps.
The Colts offensive line has been one of the best in the NFL because of Nelson and Kelly. Both players should be paired next to each other for years to come.
Nelson will be getting a massive payday soon even if he told reporters this offseason that he’s not focused on it. There’s a chance his new deal reaches close to $20 million annually.
Kelly has been the anchor of the offensive line since he arrived as a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He was a bit inconsistent during the 2021 season and then he dealt with the tragic death of his unborn daughter.
As the Colts hope to make a tier jump in 2022, the anchors of the offensive line will look to have an impact in furthering that objective.