Rankings and quick lookaheads of all the guard and center prospects invited to the 2019 NFL Combine.
2019 NFL O Line Combine Workout: Friday, March 1
Here we go with the 2019 NFL Combine, with all the breakdowns and analysis of every positive and negative for all of the top prospects. This isn’t that hard. Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level?
The bigger breakdowns will come before the NFL Draft, but for now – again, from the college perspective – here are the pre-combine rankings for all of the guards and centers invited to the big workout.
Before getting into the top five breakdown, here’s a ranking of the best of the rest.
2019 Pre-NFL Combine Guard, Center Best of the Rest Rankings
Number in parentheses is the projected round drafted pre-NFL Combine.
25. (OT) Trevon Tate, Memphis 6-3, 287 (7 FA)
There’s just no size. He’s was a fantastic college tackle who might find a role as a swing backup, but the bulk isn’t there.
24. Fred Johnson, Florida 6-6, 330 (7 FA)
He’ll get his shot. He’s only a guard, but with his size, there’s potential to stick as a pure run blocker.
23. Sua Opeta, Weber State 6-4, 305 (7 FA)
The former defensive tackle needs time, and he needs to learn how to play guard after mostly working at offensive tackle, but he’s a nice veteran blocker worth a long look in a camp.
22. (OT) Alex Bars, Notre Dame 6-6, 315 (7 FA)
Good at tackle in college when healthy, he’ll live on the inside at the next level. He’s a tweener, though, coming off a knee injury.
21. Phil Haynes, Wake Forest 6-4, 313 (7 FA)
Okay at everything, but not great at any one thing, he has functional backup potential at either guard spot.
20. Shaq Calhoun, Mississippi State 6-3, 315 (7 FA)
The overall mass is there, it’s just not quite proportioned the right way – he doesn’t quite look the part. He’s a destroyer, though, who isn’t going to get beat and will fight for a block.
19. Martez Ivey, Florida 6-5, 309 (6)
A superstar high school prospect who was good enough in college, he’s too much of a tweener at the next level. He’ll be a late pick and a tough cut.
18. Javon Patterson, Ole Miss 6-3, 308 (7 FA)
There’s the potential to be tried out at center, but he’s an undersized guard who’s missing the pop. He might find home in a zone-blocking attack.
17. (C) Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas 6-5, 308 (7 FA)
A good all-around backup prospect for the interior, he’s good enough to hold his own as a key, versatile reserve.
16. (C/OT) Zack Bailey, South Carolina 6-5, 311 (7 FA)
Nothing great about his game, but he can play anywhere on a line and might stick as a jack-of-all-trades backup.
15. (C/OT) Ryan Bates, Penn State 6-4, 302 (6)
It would be nice if he was little bit bigger, but he’s a fighter who’ll end up starting somewhere on a line … but where? He might not bring a lot of pop, but he’s a good technician.
14. (C) Lamont Gaillard, Georgia 6-2, 305 (4)
Can you get past his lack of size? He’s not tall, he doesn’t really look the part, and he’s missing a slew of NFL tools, but he could be a leader of a line as a value mid-round pick.
13. Ben Powers, Oklahoma 6-3, 306 (5)
He can play either guard spot with the nastiness everyone wants. He’s missing the athleticism at the next level, and he’s not big enough, but he’s a fighter.
12. Nate Herbig, Stanford 6-4, 348 (5)
He never quite lived up to the potential or the hopes, but he was terrific as times when healthy. Very big and very tough, he’ll pound in a phone booth, but don’t expect him to move.
11. Nate Davis, Charlotte 6-3, 305 (4)
Great no matter where he played, he showed just enough at right tackle when needed to potentially get a shot. However, he’s an undersized power blocker for an NFL guard spot.
10. (C) Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama 6-4, 297 (4)
He can block, but he’s missing the raw bulk and size. With his quickness, run blocking skills, and pure talent, he could grow into a quarterback of a line, even if he’s not a blaster.
9. (C/OG) Connor McGovern, Penn State 6-5, 323 (5)
Good enough to play anywhere in the interior, he played up to his prep hype as he grew into a strong all-around blocker. He’ll blast away with the right size and right toughness – he’ll be a later round steal.
8. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin 6-6, 315 (3)
A true guard who can do a little of everything right, he’s going to get on the move, and he’ll be a rock in the interior as a pass protector. He’s not a typical Badger road grader, but he’s more than functional for the ground game.
7. (C/OT) Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State 6-4, 304 (2)
Versatile, but with his future on the inside somewhere, he grew into a terrific center and an anchor for the Bulldog line. His all-around skills are good enough to be a longtime pro and leader on a line, even if he’s not the star to work around.
6. (C/OG) Michael Jordan, Ohio State 6-7, 310 (3)
It doesn’t matter where he plays – he’ll start on an NFL line as either a center or a guard. There’s a world of upside as he keeps getting better, and with the room to add more to his frame. Even at his current size, don’t be shocked if he’s a steal of a Day One starter taken after the second round.