2013 NFL Draft - Offensive Guards

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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

Off. Guards - Top 5


By Pete Fiutak
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2014 Top OG Prospects
1. Cyril Richardson, Baylor
2. Gabe Jackson, Miss St
3. Anthony Steen, Alabama
4. La’el Collins, LSU (Jr.)
5. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA (Jr.)
6. Zach Fulton, Tennessee
7. Spencer Long, Nebraska
8. Marcus Martin, USC (Jr.)
9. Tre Jackson, Florida State (Jr.)
10. Chris Burnette, Georgia
11. Brandon Thomas, Clemson
12. Austin Blythe, Iowa (Soph.)
13. Trai Turner, LSU (Soph.)
14. Antwan Lowery, Rutgers
15. Christian Westerman, Auburn (Soph.)

2012 CFN Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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2011 CFN Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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This Class Is … excellent. It’s never sexy to sell a fan base on a guard – the best ones aren’t noticed unless it’s fourth-and-one – but there are several in this draft with the potential to be terrific starters for a long, long time.

Alabama’s Chance Warmack might be the safest and best pick in the draft, while North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper and Kent State’s Brian Winters are good talents with the potential make the running game go. Versatility is the key with most of the best options able to work out at tackle or athletic enough to fit just about any scheme. And then there’s Warmack, Alvin Bailey or Arkansas and Larry Warford of Kentucky, three SEC blockers who can line up and blast away on just about anyone.

While the top guards will go in the top 50, there’s going to be tremendous mid-round value if someone does their homework. A lot of the prospects have to be in the right scheme and the right fit – Ohio’s Eric Herman can’t work in a zone-blocking offense, but could kill people in a power run game – but there’s plenty to choose from.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … David Quessenberry, San Jose State
Most Underrated … Chris Barker, Nevada
Most Overrated … Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M

1. Chance Warmack, Alabama 6-2, 317
A destructive blaster of a run blocker, he was the dominant force on a dominant force of an Alabama offensive line. Athletic for his size, he can get on the move to spring the big block, or he can sit in a phone booth and beat up his man – he can do it all. Forget about the workouts and the lack of quickness and raw speed in the drills; he doesn’t need to run 40 yards in the NFL. It would be nice if he was a bit taller. He’s not quite 6-3, and while he hovers between 320 and 325, he’s more wide than large. He doesn’t exactly look the part and doesn’t quite have the prototype body for an NFL guard.

He’s a pure football player more than a workout warrior, never getting knocked off his base and never, ever getting pushed back. Even so, he needs to get in better overall conditioning and shape and has to be ready to handle the quicker pace of an NFL game, but there’s almost no bust factor and it’s not crazy to suggest that he could be the best player in a relatively weak overall draft. Put him on the line and let him roll for the next ten years at a high level.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina 6-3, 311
A special, versatile blocker who’d be getting all the praise and all the attention among the guards if it wasn’t for Chance Warmack. Able to work anywhere on the line, including center, he’s a rare athlete for a player of his size with excellent movement and terrific all-around skills, able to beat up speedier interior pass rushers and with the strength to beat people up when needed. Tremendous in workouts, he’s very quick, very strong and very good in interviews, he’s almost the prototype. Almost. He has to work to get up over 300 pounds and will likely dip down below once the season starts. Built like a tackle more than a brutish guard, he might end up at center. If he can hold up and stay healthy, he’ll be a rock of an interior blocker for the next decade.
CFN Projection: First Round

3. Larry Warford, Kentucky 6-3, 332
Very durable and very reliable, he’s a big blocker who buries his man is great when locked on. While he can be pushed around a bit too much and he’ll get cut and put on the ground too easily, he’s a good athlete for his size and gets into the right lather and has the right attitude. Now he has to get into the best shape of his life after getting too big and too fleshy, needing to become best friends with a strength and conditioning coach to get to a hardened 320. The tools might not be there to become an elite player, but he can become a longtime blocker in someone’s interior.
CFN Projection: Second Round

4. Brian Winters, Kent State 6-4, 320
An absolute mauler for the ground game, he’s very tough, very quick and very tough with the ability to get on the move and make something happen. Great off the ball, he gets into his block in a hurry and doesn’t give up. While he had to work really, really hard to get up to his current weight, he could have a hard time maintaining it. Getting stronger is a must and he might be a little bit of a tweener; not quick enough to play tackle like he did in college, and needing to learn on the fly to become a guard. He’s going to need plenty of technique work and he’s going to need to adjust his style and ability; it’s going to take a little while before he figures it out. It’ll happen and he’ll be more than fine with a little bit of time.
CFN Projection: Second Round

5. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas (Jr.) 6-3, 312
Extremely strong and shockingly fast, he’s an elite athlete for a 300+ pounder and he’s ready for the NFL right now. Productive and effective at a high SEC level for a long time, he has been through the wars and knows how to handle himself against the power defenders, the quick ones, and everyone in between. Versatile, he can play either guard spot and succeed with proven ability to hold up well in pass protection. It’s going to take a little technique work to lock on to his man better, and he has to be able to handle the more creative interior pass rushers, and his technique work has to be stronger to be as good as he can be for the running game – he has problems when he doesn’t do everything right – but if he can get maintain his current weight and doesn’t get complacent, he could grow into a terrific starter.
CFN Projection: Third Round

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