2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Off. Guards
UCLA OG Xavier Sua-Filo
CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - The Offensive Guards
Player Rankings - OGs
Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects.
2013 CFN Preseason Player Rankings
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1. Cyril Richardson, Sr. Baylor
The Bear offensive line that turned into such a positive last year has to replace three starters, but it gets back an NFL-caliber left guard in Richardson, a 6-5, 335-pound All-America candidate with great strength, excellent drive for the ground game and good feet in pass protection. Insanely strong, he’ll bury his man when he’s in a phone booth, and he’ll be the one the entire offense works behind. The senior should be getting a next-level paycheck this season, but Baylor will benefit from having the anchor back.
2. Anthony Steen, Sr. Alabama
The 6-3, 309-pound senior became the go-to guy of go-to guys up front late last year. He might not be as talented as Chance Warmack, and he might not have had the attention of Cyrus Kouandjio or Barrett Jones, but against Notre Dame he was KILLING the defensive front on grinding running play after grinding running play. The longtime starter at right guard isn’t massive, but he’s one of the team’s strongest players and a blaster for the ground game.
3. Gabe Jackson, Sr. Miss State
When it’s time to pound away for the ground game, everything will work behind the 6-4, 335-pound Jackson, an All-America candidate with NFL upside and talent for any style of pro attack. The left guard is very big, very experienced and very active with the strength to start at the next level right now, much less an SEC team. A great recruit for the program four years ago, he’s the anchor.
4. David Yankey, Sr. Stanford
Four starters return, headed by Yankey, a future NFL starter. The versatile 6-5, 301-pound All-American earned the coveted Morris Trophy, given to the Pac-12’s best blocker, in a year that he switched positions. A natural guard who’s moving back inside in 2013, he didn’t skip a beat, allowing just one sack, when the Cardinal needed a left tackle last year. Yankey is a downright menacing run blocker in tight spaces, with the drive and the athleticism to pummel opposing defenders well downfield.
5. Xavier Su’a-Filo, Jr. UCLA
The undisputed leading man up front for the Bruins will be the junior left guard, who’s coming off a triumphant return from an LDS mission in Alabama and Florida. Despite being away from the game for two years, the 6-3, 304-pound budding star was still able to block his way to the All-Pac-12 First Team. Su’a-Filo is explosive and athletic, which became increasingly apparent as his conditioning improved throughout the year. His technique is crisp, and he’ll be NFL-ready as soon as he gets a little stronger in the weight room. It’ll be an upset if the program can keep him through the 2014 campaign.
6. Mason Walters, Sr. Texas
7. Spencer Long, Sr. Nebraska
8. Andrew Norwell, Sr. Ohio State
9. Chris Burnette, Sr. Georgia
10. Tre’ Jackson, Jr. Florida State
11. Chris Watt, Sr. Notre Dame
12. Weston Richburg, Sr. Colorado State
13. Dallas Lewallen, Jr. Wisconsin
14. Austen Bujnoch, Sr. Cincinnati
15. Antwan Lowery, Sr. Rutgers
16. Brandon Linder, Sr. Miami
17. Grant Enger, Sr. Oregon State
18. Will Simmons, Sr. East Carolina
19. Will Jackson, Sr. Georgia Tech
20. John Martinez, Sr. USC
21. Aaron Morris, Jr. Ole Miss
22. Jarvis Harrison, Jr Texas A&M
23. Jon Halapio, Sr. Florida
24. Max Tuerk, Soph. USC
25. A.J. Cann, Jr. South Carolina
26. Dave Harding, Sr. Duke
27. Brey Cook, Jr. Arkansas
28. Ethan Tuftee, Sr. Iowa State
29. John Miller, Jr. Louisville
30. Jon Feliciano, Jr. Miami