2010 NFL Draft - Ranking The Offensive Guards
Idaho OG Mike Iupati
Idaho OG Mike Iupati
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Who is Mike Iupati and why should you care? He might be the best NFL guard prospect to come along in several years. Check out the CFN ranking of the top offensive guards along with the most overrated and underrated prospects.

2010 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Offensive Guards

By Pete Fiutak

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This Class Is … Decent up top. Iupati is the prototype and could be a star if he's able to improve his technique, and there are some big, versatile blockers among the top prospects. It'll take some work to find diamonds in the rough from around seven on.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
Most Underrated … Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
Most Overrated … Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Nick McDonald, Grand Valley State

1. Mike Iupati, Idaho 6-5, 331 (OT)
Very big, he's a people-mover who's expected to be strong for the running game. His 27 reps at the Combine were fine, but hardly special for a player considered to be the sure-thing No. 1 guard in the draft. He's extremely quick for his size, but he's not necessarily a tackle, and he's way too sloppy with his hands and could get called for holding any time an official wants to throw the flag. His upside might be limitless, but he's not ready to destroy out of the box. In time, he has the potential to be special with the right coaching.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts 6-5, 332 (OT)
Is he a tackle or a guard? A tremendous raw prospect, he has the prototype size and the quickness to become a star at tackle in time, he played his entire college career on the outside, but he's not even close technique-wise. At the moment, he's not an NFL tackle by any stretch. The raw tools are there and with the right coach he could be a perennial Pro Bowler, but with his girth and his power, he's a guard right now. He'll likely be drafted within the first 50 picks and could start tomorrow inside or in a few years outside.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3. John Jerry, Ole Miss 6-5, 328
He made himself a lot of money at the Combine by showing up in shape and looking quick enough to be used at tackle if needed. He's a bruising, physical blocker who's great for the running game and has a nasty way of pushing linemen into the fifth row. His weight is going to constantly be an issue and he might need a coach to keep on him about it. There's nothing fancy about him. See lineman, hit lineman.
CFN Projection: Third Round

4. Mike Johnson, Alabama 6-5, 312
While he's not the best of athletes and he isn't going to maul anyone, he's a technician who was the best blocker on a national title O line. He's smart, doesn't make mistakes, and is able to bury defenders once he gets his hand on them. He has a shoulder injury that limited him at the Combine, but he's expected to be fine. There isn't anything all that special about him, but he's a high-character worker who's just versatile enough to play tackle if needed.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5. Jon Asamoah, Illinois 6-4, 305
While he's not massive, he has decent size and excellent quickness. He's perfect for a zone-blocking scheme and can get around and do what he needs to, but he's not a finesse player. While he was good for the Illini, he wasn't dominant against linemen with any talent. He can't be a star on a line, but he can be a cog who fits in with more talented players around him.
CFN Projection: Third Round

6. Sergio Render, Virginia Tech 6-3, 318
Extremely strong and a terrific run blocker, he's a mauler with little finesse about his play. He's not going to do anything on the move and he's such a weightlifting fiend that he has various pulls and other issues, but he plays through the problems, is as reliable and durable as they come, and can be plugged in from Day One. However, he's not known for being the hardest worker on the field.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

7. Mitch Petrus, Arkansas 6-3, 310
Freakishly strong, he came up with a whopping, too-good-to-be-true, 45 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at the Combine. The former tight end and fullback also moved relatively well considering the show he put on in the weight room. However, his strength isn't functional, he's not a dominant run blocker, and he needs a ton of technique work. With the right coaching he could be decent in the right offense.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

8. Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State 6-3, 315
Extremely strong, he came up with 33 reps on the bench and he has the athleticism and quickness to match. The only positive on some awful ASU lines, he's tough, shuffles well, and is terrific at getting to the second level. However, he's not really a mauler and isn't really built to be an NFL guard. Even so, if he gets to run and move, he'll be a starter.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

9. Marshall Newhouse, TCU 6-4 319 (OT)
A true tweener, he's not quite talented enough to be an NFL tackle and he's not tough enough to be a dominant guard. He was a fantastic anchor for some great TCU lines and he's versatile enough to see time doing a variety of things. One of the quickest linemen at the Combine, he moves well, but that's about it. It'll be shocking if he's more than a career backup, but his versatility will come in handy.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

10. Shelley Smith, Colorado State 6-3, 300
Size matters. If 6-3 and 300 pounds can be considered small, then that's Smith, who's one of the most athletic guards in the draft. He came up with an amazing 9'4" broad jump at the Combine and a 34" vertical. He's strong on the field and holds up extremely well against the big, strong linemen. While he won't blow anyone off the ball, he can work well in a scheme where he can get on the move.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

11. Brandon Carter, Texas Tech 6-5, 329
With an interesting mix of raw talents, Carter has the size and the strength to be used at either guard spot. He's a big hitter who could be a better pro then a collegian after not having to slug anyone in the mouth at Texas Tech. He's not an athlete and he's not going to be for every offense, but if he gets the right coach, and one who handles him with kid gloves, he could be a good, productive starter.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

12. Andrew Lewis, Oklahoma State 6-4, 298, (C)
Way too small to play guar on a regular basis, he'll be tried out at center and could even get a look at tackle. He's fast off the ball and moves well, and he plays big for his tall size. Smart, he'll get the playbook right away and can be used in a variety of ways. However, he's not going to blast anyone off the ball and will have to be in a finesse offense.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

13. Eric Olsen, Notre Dame 6-4, 306 (C)
While he was a standout among the centers at the Combine, at least on the bench with 35 reps, he doesn't have enough athleticism to overcome his lack of pure bulk. He's a tough, nasty blocker who isn't afraid to hit anyone, and he's the type of high-character leader who coaches love to have. However, he just doesn't move well enough. He might be fine in a phone booth, but that's it. If he makes it, it'll be because of his versatility.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

14. Kurtis Gregory, Missouri 6-4, 305
A high-character, hard working plugger who knows what he's doing. He has the room to grow a little bit and to get a bit stronger, and with the way his motor is always running, he might make it on want-to alone. However, he's not smooth at all and labors when he moves. The lack of athleticism isn't compensated by power; he's not a road grader.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

15. Jeff Byers, USC 6-3, 301 (C)
A very good college player, he never quite lived up to his prep hype when he was the 2003 Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school. He's not all that big, but he moves extremely well and he came up with 33 reps at the Combine. Getting bigger is a must, but there's little upside. Because of his versatility, and his fight, he should be able to hang around the league for a while.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

16. Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest 6-4, 325
Very big and very bulky, he moves well for his size and is a good power blocker. It'll be hard to move him around; he's a block of granite. However, he needs to get more muscular, and, stunningly considering he played at Wake Forest, he's not all that quick at picking up assignments and makes too many mental mistakes. He won't be able to handle anyone with any athleticism.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

17. Reggie Stephens, Iowa State 6-3, 322 (C)
Very big, he didn't have to work to bulk up; the guy is simply large. He's able to step in and play center at times if needed, but he's better suited for guard. It would help if he got a bit leaner and if he could shed some fat to find some semblance of athleticism. He can't move at all and can only work as a punishing run blocker in the right offense.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

18. Alex Parsons, USC 6-4, 309
The one-time defensive lineman needed to show some strength at the Combine, and didn't with just 23 reps. However, he's quick (even though he wasn't able to cut in Indy) and he might have a chance in the right scheme. He's not bulky enough to be a regular on the inside and isn't nearly physical enough to be a regular starter. On the plus side, he tries hard and could work his way into a job if he's able to show off his athleticism.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

19. Dorian Brooks, James Madison 6-2, 306 (C)
It took a lot of work and a lot of healing after a back problem, but he was able to grow into a top-shelf blocker at the lower level. He's a tremendous leader and a bust-tail worker, but he needs time and technique work to be a regular offensive lineman. He's not a power blocker, but he moves well enough and has enough upside to get a long look.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

20. Mike Tepper, California 6-5, 324 (OT)
Built like a prototype tackle frame-wise, he doesn't have the strength to be a regular guard or the quickness to play tackle. It takes him too long to get anywhere and he lumbers to get on the move. His personality isn't for everyone and he's old for a rookie, but his versatility might be enough to get him a good look in a camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

21. Adrian Martinez, Colorado State
22. Zipp Duncan, Kentucky
23. Brian Simmons, Oklahoma
24. Tim McAvoy, Michigan
25. Vladimir Richard, Tennessee