2019 NFL Draft Guard, Center Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft Guard, Center Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft Guard, Center Rankings: From The College Perspective

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Which guards and centers will matter in the 2019 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?


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Quenton Nelson turned into a star as the sixth overall pick last year, and a whopping eight interior linemen were taken in the top 40 selections. Guards and centers are no longer the guys who can simply fill in the gaps.

The positions are getting their just due.

There isn’t a Nelson in this draft, but there’s a ton of versatility with quick, athletic options who’ll try out at tackle but will kick inside. It’s a great draft for both positions, even if it’s not as strong as 2018.

15. OG Phil Haynes, Wake Forest

6-4, 322: The draft is missing the giant-bodied interior smash-blockers. That’s not really Haynes’ style, but he’s incredibly strong, has seen time at tackle, and he’s got the size and frame. The athleticism is lacking, and quicker interior defenders will be an issue, but he should be a late-round steal for someone looking for a good run blocker.
Projected Round: Fifth

14. OG Ben Powers, Oklahoma

6-4, 307: The tools aren’t there. He has decent size, and the will is there to get the job done, but he’s not athletic enough and he’s not strong enough to be a star at the next level. However, he’s always going full-bore, and he’ll be the rare Day Three pick who’ll find a starting gig.
Projected Round: Fourth

13. C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

6-3, 305: A good guard at early on in his Georgia career, he turned into the center and quarterback of the line for two years at a high level. He’s a true leader for a line with the smarts and personality to make a line his. He’s just not big enough, and he doesn’t bring enough pop.
Projected Round: Fourth

12. OG Beau Benzschawel,Wisconsin

6-6, 309: There’s a whole lot of versatility and options among the top interior linemen in the draft. Benzschawel is an NFL guard. While he’s not the normal Wisconsin destructive force of a run blocker, he’s got the feet to handle interior pass rushers and is excellent at walling off his man.
Projected Round: Fourth

11. OG Dru Samia, Oklahoma (OT)

6-5, 305: He’s just one of those guys you want to provide a big-time attitude for your line. He can move, he’s great in pass protection, and he’s a reliable veteran. His power doesn’t quite match the fire – the bulkier defensive tackles will get to him – but he’ll never take a play off and he’ll always fight to make a block.
Projected Round: Fourth

10. OG NatE Davis, Charlotte

6-3, 316: Yeah, he might get a look-see at right tackle just to see if he fits, but with his body type and bulk, he’s a next-level guard. The feet and athleticism are just good enough to be fine in pass protection, but his worth will be for the ground game – he has to show he can crush as a right guard.
Projected Round: Third

9. OG Connor McGovern, Penn State (C)

6-5, 308: A better guard than a center for Penn State, he’ll find a spot somewhere on the inside of someone’s line. He’ll provide a nice pop for the ground game, and he’s got the strength to be one of the draft’s better power blockers. However, he’s a bit inconsistent and could take a little while to turn into a steady pass protector.
Projected Round: Third 

8. C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State (OG, OT)

6-4, 310: The versatility is there to be tried out anywhere on the line, but his money will be made at center at the next level. He’s not an elite-level athlete for his size, and he’s not going to crush anyone on a regular basis, but he’s a good, sound blocker who’ll get the job done.
Projected Round: Third

7. OG Michael Jordan, Ohio State (C)

6-6, 312: In a draft full of too many smallish, quick blockers for the interior, Jordan is the big-bodied versatile option who can work at guard or center. The best part is that he’s just scratching the surface. Once he settles in at one spot and gets the technique down, he’ll be a steady starter.
Projected Round: Third

6. C Garrett Bradbury, NC State

6-3, 306: He’s not all that huge, but he doesn’t make mistakes, and he can move. If he’s not the first center off the board, he’ll be a close second with the strength to be a starter right out of the gate. The only big question mark is the lack of bulk – it would be nice if he checked in around 315ish – but he’s very, very quick.
Projected Round: First


5. OG Michael Deiter, Wisconsin (OT, C)

6-5, 309: An elite college blocker both as a tackle and a guard, he can even work at center, too. No, he’s not quite as good at any one position as some of the blockers lower on this list, but he can play anywhere.

The problem might be that he’s destined to be a very good starter who can fill in the gap anywhere, but not quite enough of a killer to be a perennial Pro Bowl talent at any one job. However, he has little technique work to do, and he’ll be ultra-reliable and solid no matter where he plays. He’ll be one of those guys who ends up being a sure-thing starter somewhere on a front five for ten years.

Power is going to be the issue early on. He’s not all that bulky, and he has to get a whole lot NFL stronger to be the guy the running game works behind, but yeah, the jack-of-all-trades thing will matter with him.

Take him somewhere after the first 75 picks, and as long as the rest of the line is set, you have a puzzle piece.

Projected Round: Third
Real Value: Early Third

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