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2011 NFL Draft - Offensive Guard Rankings
Florida State OG Rodney Hudson
Florida State OG Rodney Hudson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 10, 2011


From a college football perspective, here's the ranking of all the top offensive guard prospects.

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Top Ten Offensive Guards


By Pete Fiutak

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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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2010 NFL Combine Results
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2010 NFL Combine
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- 2011 NFL Offensive Guard Rankings - No. 11 to 30

This Class Is … Versatile. There aren’t too many road graders, and this isn’t the most talented overall class, but it’s not bad. Several of the guards could easily move around without a problem, and most of the top prospects can move.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Zach Hurd, Connecticut
Most Underrated … Ray Dominguez, Arkansas
Most Overrated … Danny Watkins, Baylor
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Isaiah Thompson, Houston

1. Rodney Hudson, Florida State, (C) 6-2, 299
An ultra-productive, barrel-chested blocker who isn’t all that big and doesn’t look like a dominant NFL interior lineman, but he’s extremely athletic with great character and the smarts to be a quarterback up front as a center or work at either guard spot. He doesn’t make mistakes, is always hustling, and he never takes a play off. While he has the perfect temperament and make-up for an offensive lineman, he simply doesn’t have the right body to be a top pick. He’ll have to work to be around 300 pounds and would be much more natural at around 280, and he won’t fit every line, but he’s a great talent who’s too good to ignore just because he’s not 6-5 and 325.
CFN Projection: Third Round

2. Orlando Franklin, Miami (OT) 6-6, 315
With the versatility to play tackle as well as guard, he can play just about any position. While he’s not quite athletic enough to be a stud on the outside, he’s a tall, tough option for the interior where he can best use his run blocking skills. Tough as nails, he’s always going to fight through the little problems, but a coaching staff is going to have to deal with a bit of an attitude. If he can be coached up, and if he can work on being a star, he could be one of the most complete interior blockers in the draft. However, he has to want to be coached.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3. Marcus Cannon, TCU (OT) 6-5, 358
Extremely productive at a high level for a long time, Cannon was a terrific all-star at tackle and was the key part of some offensive machines. He might be 358 pounds, but he moves like a much smaller player and he carries the weight shockingly well. While he might not be for everyone body-wise, and he doesn’t use his girth to bury defenders on a regular basis, but his shocking combination of talents is enough to expect a long, solid career.
CFN Projection: Second Round

4. Clint Boling, Georgia (OT) 6-5, 308
While he’s not a massive blocker and he’s not going to get much bigger, he’s a nice, tough run blocker who always works and has the skills to work inside or out. He moves well, can get on the move and make things happen down the field, and he’s functional enough to battle in a phone booth against the weaker defensive tackles. He’s not going to beat anyone up and he’s not going to handle NFL speed rushers if he moves to tackle, but he’s a good, sound player who’ll have added value because of his versatility.
CFN Projection: Second Round

5. James Carpenter, Alabama (OT) 6-4, 321
A top blocker at the highest of levels, he has nice size, good athleticism, and the versatility to play anywhere on an NFL line except center. With a fantastic Senior Bowl week, he showed more talent and more skills than many scouts thought, and his stock went up in a big hurry. While he’s athletic enough to work at tackle, he’s a far better option as a light-footed guard. He’s not going to destroy anyone in the running game, but he’s more than good enough to get by and he’ll be drafted much higher than most with his skills because of his versatility.
CFN Projection: Third Round

6. Danny Watkins, Baylor (OT), 6-4, 310
Ollllllllllld. He’s one of the most versatile linemen in the draft, he’s insanely strong, and he has an ultra-nasty mean streak and work ethic that every coach dreams of. If he was turning 22, he might be a top 50 overall pick – and he still might be – but about to turn 27, he has about five years of shelf life and will lose several draft slots because of it. The problem, also, is that he’s not a finished product and needs a year of NFL coaching, but because of his age and because of where he’ll be drafted, or overdrafted, he might get stuck inside and let him start hitting someone right away.
CFN Projection: Second Round

7. John Moffitt, Wisconsin 6-4, 319
Really, really strong, he’ll have no problems pushing anyone around in a power running game. He’s big, tough, and he’s shockingly quick for his size. However, he doesn’t use his athleticism well enough and is far better in a phone booth. He’s a great leader and a good character player, but he doesn’t quite have the elite skills to be a top NFL starter. He’ll be a starter, but he’s not going to be the type of blocker who’ll get anyone fired up.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

8. Zach Hurd, Connecticut (OT) 6-7, 324
Part tackle prospect and part guard, he’s a bit too tall for the interior and a bit too slow for the outside. However, he does a nice job of getting on the move, and he comes up with the big hit down the field. He’ll likely start out as a decent right tackle, but he’ll probably be a better guard with a little bit of work. Unfortunately, he plays a bit too tall and he has to learn how to get lower to be an NFL run blocker. While he’ll never be a great starter, his versatility will make him valuable.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

9. Andrew Jackson, Fresno State (C) 6-5, 299
While he doesn’t have the raw bulk most teams would like for a top interior blocker, he’s versatile enough to be more-than-serviceable at either guard or center. With great smarts and the type of character that wants to be a leader, he’ll do whatever is needed to stick around. Not an athlete, he’s not going to do much on the move, and he doesn’t have the strength to push anyone. There’s nothing special about his game, but he’s not going to make any mistakes and he’ll be as reliable as they come.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

10. Justin Boren, Ohio State 6-3, 309
It’s a stretch to call him a disappointment, but after starting out his career at Michigan and moving to Ohio State, he never progressed into the type of dominant blocker he was expected to become. He’ll fight and he has a mean, confident streak that serves him well, but he’s not an athlete and he has to beat people up in short spaces. As long as he doesn’t have to move, he’ll be fine.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

- 2011 NFL Offensive Guard Rankings - No. 11 to 30