If you’re reading this then congratulations, you’re the ultimate NFL Draft enthusiast. Offensive guards *yawn* are actually apart of the NFL. It’s hard to make talking about offensive guards fun. Even amongst other sports fans. If you ever want to get out of a conversation, talking about offensive guards to someone will indeed assist.
But it’s actually a fun position to scout. There’s so much footage out there. Two and three downs per series per game at times gives us a lot of scouting ability on guards. But how many of them actually make an impact in the NFL? Um, yes. Ask Josh Sitton, Vladimir Ducasse, Louis Vasquez and Travelle Wharton!
Ok, yeah you don’t know who they are either. Regardless, they help out their offensive line more than you think. Why else do you think teams like the Packers ran well in 2014? Here are the 2015 NFL Draft Rankings for offensive guard.
1. Laken Tomlinson (Duke)
Tomlinson doesn’t get by on athleticism, although he has a solid frame. His IQ and lateral ability help him as an inline blocker. Can he get to the second level consistently in the NFL? Probably.
2. A.J. Cann (South Carolina)
His Pro Day will tell us more, but Cann does have the ability to get to the second level and make an impact. But his lateral ability and inline blocking is a bit of a concern. High upside with room to grow.
3. Antoine Everett (McNeese St)
Not long enough to continue his stay at offensive tackle, McNeese St product Everett displays a good bend and ability to get to the second level with his hands when run blocking. A small school prospect valued in the 3rd/4th round, Everett can contribute right now.
4. Josue Matias (Florida St)
A potentially versatile player once Matias learns to embrace his athleticism, Matias promotes well as a guard who could move to tackle at some point. He’s a gamble, but potentially well worth it, if you’re looking for depth.
5. Arie Kouandjio (Alabama)
Technique? Alright. Athleticism? LOL. Come on man. This can’t be the brother of Cyrus right? Oh, sure it can. A guy that has ability to pass protect, but shows no effort and lean as a run blocker. Problem is, he’s not athletic enough for tackle.