Who are the best interior offensive linemen coming into the 2018 college football season? Here are the projected 30 top college players.
Preview 2018: Top 30 Offensive Guards & Centers
Based on projections for this college season and production – and not necessarily based on pro talent and potential – here are the 30 best interior offensive linemen coming into the season. Keep in mind, some of these players will end up moving positions where needed by the start of the season.
30. C Lo Falemaka, Sr. Utah
He got another year of eligibility, and now the 6-5, 295-pounder grew from a walk-on into an all-star. It took a long, long time to get to this point, but now the good Ute line is his to run again for the improved offense.
29. C Connor McGovern, Jr. Penn State
A good center, he’s likely going to end up getting drafted high as a guard. He earned all-star freshman honors, and started every game in the middle. Now, the 6-5, 326-pounder will combine with tackle Ryan Bates to anchor a stronger Nittany front five.
28. OG Jordan Steckler, Jr. Northern Illinois
The NIU offensive line should be the best in the MAC, and the 6-5, 313-pound Steckler will be an all-star as one of the league’s top run blockers. Durable and consistent, he’s always getting the job done.
27. C Chandler Miller, Sr. Tulsa
With Miller along with guard Tyler Bowling, Tulsa has the line to get the offense back up and rolling again. An all-star over the last few seasons, the 6-3, 297-pound man in the middle is quick and consistent.
26. OG Wes Martin, Sr. Indiana
No, he might not be the dominant force type of blaster IU has had in the past, but he was good right out of the box and hasn’t buckled. The 6-3, 316-pounder has been a rock of a starter over the last two seasons as an all-star both on the field and in the classroom.
25. OG Darryl Williams, Jr. Mississippi State
He’s not all that tall or huge, but the 6-2, 305-pounder turned into one of the team’s best all-around blockers last year. Well past a neck injury he suffered as a freshman, he’s going to be the leader up front now for the Joe Moorhead offense.
24. C Jordan Johnson, Jr. UCF
Someone has to block for the high-powered attack. More than ever, the 6-2, 320-pound all-star center has to be the leader up front considering new head coach Josh Heupel will want – it’s all about to go faster.
23. OG Lester Cotton, Sr. Alabama
Could he end up moving to center? Not right away, but he’s good enough to do it. The 6-4, 325-pound blaster went from being a good backup to a starter for a national champion. He’s not the best player on the amazing line, but on key rushing downs, he won’t be far off.
22. OG Alex Bars, Sr. Notre Dame
The 6-6, 318-pounder can move around where needed up front, but will likely settle in again at left guard after starting at right tackle earlier in his career. Good luck being a guard on a line that was used to Quenton Nelson being the dominant force, but Bars will be a sound veteran for another great ground game.
21. OG Patrick Vahe, Sr. Texas
It would be nice if he was just a little bit taller, but the 6-3, 325-pounder can blast. He was banged up late in the year, but he’s going to be one of the anchors of the Texas front five at left guard.
20. OG Nick Harris, Jr. Washington
The versatile All-Pac-12 blocker can work at center if needed, but he’ll once again be the key interior blocker at one of the guard spots. Undersized, he’s 6-1 and 297 pounds after putting on weight over the last few years. Now he gets to pound away for Myles Gaskin again.
19. OG/C Kyle Chung, Sr. Virginia Tech
While it was bad that he was hurt and missed time over the last few years, he ended up staying healthy and starting every game last year. And now he got a sixth year to be the main man up front for a rebuilding team. He can work at guard, but he’ll likely be the leader at center now.
18. C Zach Shackelford, Sr. Texas
An all-star in the classroom more than he’s been one on the field so far, he’s got the talent and experience to anchor what should be a stronger Longhorn offense. The 6-4, 305-pounder isn’t massive, but he can move, and he knows what he’s doing.
17. C Justin Falcinelli, Sr. Clemson
The Clemson D line will get the spotlight, but helped by Falcinelli, the O line will be fantastic, too. Whether he’s at guard or center, the 6-4, 305-pounder is the solid cog in the interior of the great Tiger line. A starter for the first three seasons, he turned into a First Team All-ACC blocker and leader of the front five.
16. OG Chris Brown, Sr. USC
A nice reserve at guard early on, he got the starting job last year on the left side and took off. The 6-5, 310-pounder is built like a tackle, but he can hit. He’ll join Toa Lobendahn as the rocks for another terrific Trojan line.
15. OG O’Shea Dugas, Sr. Louisiana Tech
He’s been hurt a little bit, but he’s still be a star for the high-powered Bulldog offense over the last few years. At 6-5 and 339 pounds, he’s a big baller on the left side of a veteran line that should be among the strongest in Conference USA.
14. OG Garrett Brumfield, Sr. LSU
While he’s not all that massive, the 6-3, 299-pounder is still a strong, tough run blocker as a key part of the front five. Experienced, he’s the old guy for a young, but good line, working next to Saahdiq Charles on the left side.
13. OG Parker Braun, Jr. Georgia Tech
He’s not all that big, but that’s not the worst thing considering what he does for the Georgia Tech offense. Quickness and precision are what matter to the Yellow Jacket ground game, and that’s the 6-3, 280-pounder.
12. OG Marcus Keyes, Jr. Oklahoma State
One of the nation’s most consistent interior blockers, the 6-3, 309-pound all-around all-star – he earned Academic All-Big 12 honors – was excellent when he got on the field for the redshirt freshman, and hasn’t been off the Cowboy line since.
11. OG Dru Samia, Sr. Oklahoma
A three-year starter on the Sooner offensive front, he’s been an All-Big-12 performer over the last two years. Versatile enough and athletic enough to play tackle – he started his career on the outside – he’s a rock at right guard now.