10. OG Ben Bredeson, Jr. Michigan
There might have been several issues with the Michigan offense, but the line wasn’t bad, and Bredeson was great. The 6-5, 308-pounder did a nice job as an all-star freshman, and took his game to another level as a sophomore as an All-Big Ten performer at left guard. With two years of starting experience, he’s in for a massive season.
9. OG/OT Trey Smith, Soph. Tennessee
Is he healthy enough? If he is, go ahead and put him higher. Is he going to work at tackle or guard? He was one of the few bright spots for the Vol offense last season as the top blocker, but he was out all spring with a medical problem. Expected to be back, if he is, and if all is well, the 6-6, 320-pound all-star will be the star of the offense no matter where he plays.
8. C/OT Toa Lobendahn, Sr. USC
Whether he plays center or tackle, he’s the best player on the Trojan offense – for now. He got past the knee injury that knocked him out for most of 2016, played tackle in 2017, and now he’ll be the man in the middle, with 6-3, 290-pound size and the experience to know everything the line needs to do.
7. OG Ben Powers, Sr. Oklahoma
Dru Samia is a terrific guard for the Sooner front five, the 6-4, 314-pound Powers is bigger as the anchor on the left side. The two-time All-Big 12 performer came in from the JUCO ranks and has become exactly the right fit for the OU attack.
6. OG Hjalte Froholdt, Sr. Arkansas
The NFL is ready for him, At 6-5 and 315 pounds, he’s good good size, versatility, and the experience on the offensive side over the last two seasons to grow into the guard gig. The former defensive lineman took to the job, and now it’s salary drive time. There are few better pass protecting guards.
5. OG Michael Jordan, Soph. Ohio State
At 6-7 and 312 pounds, Jordan is like a big offensive tackle working at guard. With his massive size and his run blocking ability – he erases everything in front of him – he’s ready for the NFL now. But he’ll have to wait one more year. For now, he’ll get to blast away for one of the nation’s best backfields.
4. OG Beau Benzschawel, Sr. Wisconsin
Go ahead and throw the names of all five Badger offensive linemen in a bag, pull one out, and you might just have the best blocker in college football. The 6-4, 317-pound versatile Benzschawel could kick outside at tackle if needed, but he has locked down the right guard spot for the last few years. He’ll join Michael Deiter to give the Badgers the best interior blockers in college football.
3. OG Nate Herbig, Jr. Stanford
Gigantic, the 6-4, 348-pounder is very big, very strong, and very good at carrying the weight well. The best interior blocker on another great Cardinal line, it’s just job to do the heavy lifting for Bryce Love and the great ground game. If needed, he can move to center, too, but he’ll be too tough to replace at guard.
2. C Ross Pierschbacher, Sr. Alabama
While he’s not the star that Jonah Williams is at tackle, the 6-4, 301-pounder is the leader of another great front five. Able to play guard, he’ll end up starting at center after earning all-star honors last year. He started out his career as a smallish but terrific starter at left guard, and that’s where he’ll likely be at the next level. But some teams will try him out at center, too.
1. OT/OG Michael Deiter, Sr. Wisconsin
There might be better guards, better centers, and better tackles, but no one is better at being a possible all-star at any of the three positions. He could be a next-level left tackle option with a bit more work – he started on the outside last year – or he can be a star at left guard.
At 6-6 and 321 pounds, he’s got the prerequisite mass for a Badger blocker, and now he’ll dominate on the inside. If needed, he’ll move one step over and see time at center, too – which is where he’ll likely end up playing in the NFL.