They might not all show up and workout, but these are the five best offensive guard and center prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine.
Daily Five: Offensive Guards and Centers Rankings Before The NFL Combine
From the college perspective, how good are these guys? Go ahead and breakdown and analyze every positive and negative on all of the top prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine. This isn’t that hard.
Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level? At least at the moment, here are your five best guards and centers – the interior offensive linemen.
5. OG Braden Smith, Auburn
Why Braden Smith Is Here On The List: Get ready for opinions to be all over the map on the nasty Auburn blocker. At 6-6 and 303 pounds, he’s not massive, but he’s as freakishly strong as any offensive lineman in Indianapolis – don’t be shocked if he cranks up one of the best bench presses of the bunch.
Versatile enough to be moved to tackle if needed, he’s got the right frame, the tough guy mindset, and the talent to do just about everything. However, the athleticism might be a problem.
If he gets thrown outside at tackle, he’ll have to get by on his brute strength, but he’s not quite a true phone booth blocker for the interior – he’s not the smoothest of athletes.
What The NFL Types Want To See: He can’t look stiff. He’ll bench press the stadium, but can he move? You have to be able to get get the feet going a wee bit if you’re going to play in the Auburn offense, but there’s a chance he drops after the Combine if he looks like he’s struggling in the short drills.
Bottom Line: With fantastic football character, unbelievable strength, and good enough run blocking skills to get by, he’ll be someone’s pet prospect. After the second round, he’ll be a nice value pick.