2013 NFL Draft - Offensive Guards No. 6-25

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Posted Apr 13, 2013


From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top offensive guard prospects.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings

OGs - No. 6 to 25


By Pete Fiutak
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- 2013 NFL Offensive Guard Rankings - Top Five

6. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee 6-5, 306
With the ability to block with power for the running game and finesse in pass protection, he can do a little bit of everything right. With the versatility to play tackle if needed, he can find a home on someone’s line and, at the very least, be a key swing backup. After spending years of dealing with the SEC, he has been through the wars and knows how to handle himself without a problem. While he’s not enough of an athlete to be a next-level tackle and he doesn’t destroy his man as a run blocker, he’s a very functional, very solid all-around blocker who should be a steady starter.
CFN Projection: Third Round

7. David Quessenberry, San Jose State 6-5, 302
Is he a tackle or a guard? A true tweener, he’s terrific in pass protection with the potential to move outside and work on the left size if he’s able to bulk up and add more functional strength. Smooth as glass, the former left tackle moves extremely well with great quickness, excellent feet and the want-to to keep fighting to make a block. A talented football player, he might not have all the right tools, but he could have a long and productive career in a zone-blocking scheme in any role. He’s going to do everything a coaching staff wants and he’s going to be versatile enough to find a starting spot somewhere, but he isn’t for every scheme and needs to get bigger and stronger to be a star.
CFN Projection: Third Round

8. Earl Watford, James Madison 6-3, 300
Extremely athletic, he moves well for a guard with tremendous feet, outstanding balance and enough strength to grow into a terrific pro blocker – he has the tools. While he’s missing the raw bulk and doesn’t have the look of a top guard, he’s good enough to shine in a zone-blocking scheme once he gets his technique down. Don’t be shocked if he slides a little bit because of the lack of polish, but also look for several teams to fight and trade to trade to grab him if he slides past the third round – there’s too much there to pass on. If he gets with the right team and the right coaching staff, he could be a steal of a starter.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

9. J.C. Tretter, Cornell 6-3, 307
With terrific athleticism and good feet, he could be tried out as a right tackle or be a quick guard in a zone-blocking scheme. A former tight end, he moves well and is as smooth as glass without any wasted movement. He’s not for everyone with a maxed out frame and missing the raw bulk and pop to beat up NFL defensive linemen, but he’ll always work, always fight, and always do whatever is needed to help out a line. It might not happen right away, but he’ll eventually be a versatile starter who fills a hole somewhere.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

10. Hugh Thornton, Illinois 6-3, 320
Aggressive, athletic and versatile, he can play either guard spot or even be moved to right tackle if needed – he can play in any system or any style. However, he’s a bit of a tweener, without the feet to be a full-time tackle and without the consistency to be relied on as an anchor for the ground game inside. He’ll put his man into the ground on one play and completely whiff the next. If he gets the time to figure out what he’s doing and if he can grab a role, he’ll be a nice all-around option who can fill in where needed, but he has to stay healthy. He could be slightly overdrafted, but he’ll be around the league for a long time if he can get in the right mindset.
CFN Projection: Third Round

11. Jeff Baca, UCLA 6-3, 302
A terrific run blocker who’s always going 100 miles per hour and never gives up on a play. Extremely quick and showing fantastic feet in offseason workouts, he can move. He’s the type you want to be one of the leaders and key parts of an offense. Is he big enough? While he did a great job of blocking at the collegiate level, he’s not going to shove anyone around even though that was his game at UCLA. He needs to be in the right offense and has to wall off his man rather than blast over or through him, but that might not be a bad thing if he isn’t asked to get the hard yard.
CFN Projection: Third Round

12. Travis Bond, North Carolina 6-7, 330
Tackle-sized, he’s a big blocker with a terrific frame to engulf defenders. If absolutely needed, he could move to the outside in the jumbo packages with his massive size and great frame. With rare size and the tools to become a decent blocker, now he has to want it. Great when he’s able to punish the man in front of him, he doesn’t do enough to suggest he can ever be a tackle and he needs lots and lots of work to be more consistent and to keep his weight in check. It took a while to get down to this weight, and he’s still a bit too big. If he wants it, he can be great, but he needs to get pushed to become a starter.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

13. Eric Herman, Ohio 6-4, 320
Big, strong and with the type of old school look of a large guard, he’s a leader who does everything possible to make a play. He might be extremely limited as a pass protector and isn’t going to do anything on the move, but if he has a chance if he’s able to work in a power running scheme. The basic athletic tools aren’t there, and forget about using him in a zone blocking scheme, but he’s insanely strong and won’t get shoved around.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

14. Stephan Milihim, Massachusetts 6-4, 314
With perfect size and length, he looks the part of a right tackle or a good guard. All the tools are in place with decent athleticism and the fight and want-to to be better; he’ll work and work hard to find a way to make a roster. Now he needs to become a better football player and has to use all his skills and all his potential to get the technique right, blast away a little more and start attacking rather than walling. It might take a little while to put it all together, but he has the upside to become a solid talent.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

15. Chris Barker, Nevada 6-3, 305
Versatile enough to be used as a center or a guard on either side, he’s a nice athlete who’s built for a zone-blocking scheme and is excellent off the ball and quick off the ball. Experienced, he held up well and produced on a consistent basis and knows what he’s doing. More of a finesse blocker than a killer, but without the all-around tools to become a big-time NFL blocker, he can be used in a variety of ways, but will have to be in the right spot at the right time to ever start.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

LATE ROUND FLIERS

16. Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State 6-6, 318
17. Edmund Kugbila, Valdosta State 6-4, 317
18. Sam Brenner, Utah 6-4, 305
19. Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech 6-3, 300
20. Lamar Mady, Youngstown State 6-3, 317
21. Oscar Johnson, Louisiana Tech 6-5, 331
22. Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M 6-4, 318
23. Jason Weaver, Southern Miss 6-4, 313
24. Ryan Jensen, Colorado State-Pueblo 6-4, 306
25. Zach Allen, NC State 6-2, 332

- 2013 NFL Offensive Guard Rankings - Top Five