Category: Offensive Guard

OG Sean Welsh, Iowa

6’2” – 300 lbs. – 5.43

Profile:

  • Redshirted, then started seven games at left guard and two at right guard the following season. Spent twelve at left guard and two at right tackle as a sophomore, then flipped to the right side. Started eleven games at right guard and one at right tackle as a junior, then ten games at right guard and three at right tackle as a senior. Also spent some time practicing at center.

Positives:

  • Versatile player who concludes his college career with twenty-three starts at right guard, nineteen starts at left guard, and six starts at right tackle; the only position he hasn’t played in some capacity is left tackle. Comes from a program with a reputation for producing solid pro linemen. Pure football player who is more than the sum of his parts. Was asked to do a lot of pulling and is able to get to the left side and smash opponents in the hole to create rushing lanes. Has adequate functional strength and a reasonably thick if somewhat short frame. Doesn’t always make it look pretty but knows what he’s supposed to do and works hard to execute. Works well on double-teams to generate push. Uses his body to create obstructions for opponents. Has good grip strength to sustain in pass protection.

Negatives:

  • A marginal athlete with borderline size for a pro lineman on the interior. Some of his college experience may not be particularly relevant; has virtually no chance of playing right tackle at the pro level and some teams may view him as a center conversion candidate, where he didn’t start a game in college. Execution on cut blocks leaves something to be desired; may just lack the requisite height/length. Wasn’t asked to climb up to the second level very often. More impressive as a run blocker than a pass protector; lack of length is an impediment to being able to handle gap-shooters. Probably a zone-only option who will struggle to overpower opponents in a phone booth. Can he absorb bull-rushes from pro nose tackles?

Summary:

  • A much better player than his physical and athletic attributes would indicate; maximizes his ability and comes with a very good understanding of what he’s supposed to be doing and how he can do it. Was forced to play mostly guard because of the presence of more highly-regarded teammate James Daniels, but some teams may view him as a center at the pro level. Looks like a mid-to-late-round pick and swing reserve type.
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OG Colby Gossett, Appalachian St.

6’5” – 315 lbs. – 5.20

Profile:

  • Redshirted in his first season, then started seven of eight games played at right guard the following year. Started seven games at right guard and six at right tackle the following season, then eleven and two at those positions as a junior, concluding his collegiate career with thirteen starts at right guard as a senior.

Positives:

  • Comes with four years of starting experience and has played both guard and tackle extensively. Tall, well-built, and has an athletic frame; looks more like a tackle than a guard from a physical standpoint. Does a lot of his blocking on angles in the run game; the team often tried to establish their running game behind him. Able to fire out low and execute cut blocks. Has enough athleticism to climb and engage defenders at the second level. Able to attack an opponent’s outside shoulder and seal them inside to create rushing lanes. Pass sets look good; bends at the knees and is able to keep his back straight. Has a reasonably good anchor to absorb power at the line of scrimmage. Lateral quickness is good enough to stick with opponents and drive them wide of the pocket when handling stunts/twists. Didn’t look out of place when competing against major programs.

Negatives:

  • Comes from a small school and will need to adjust to playing against the level of competition in the NFL. Doesn’t play with as much power as would be expected given his size and the fact that he put up thirty-two reps on the bench at the Combine. Falls off of a few blocks too many. Could do a better job of extending his arms. Doesn’t have a lot of power in his punch to jolt opponents. Could do a better job of placing his hands inside consistently. More workmanlike than nasty in his approach. A little bit of a ‘tweener whose body looks more suited to tackle but who primarily played inside at guard.

Summary:

  • A small-school prospect with impressive tools, and who handled some pretty difficult blocking assignments in the run game. Not a dominant blocker, but has relatively few flaws in his game and looks like a good candidate to come off the board in the mid-rounds as a swing reserve who could potentially develop into a starting option down the road.

OL Austin Corbett, Nevada

6’4” – 305 lbs. – 5.15

Profile: 

  • Redshirted in 2013, then became the team’s starting left tackle once Joel Bitonio went to the NFL, and continued to serve as the Wolfpack’s blindside protector for the remainder of his collegiate career. Considered more of a guard or possibly center prospect because his of his marginal size for the tackle position. Team captain.

Positives:

  • Comes with four years of quality starting experience at the most demanding position on the offensive line. Above-average athleticism for an interior lineman. Gets his arms extended and works hard to sustain through the whistle. Has power in his hands on initial contact. Keeps his feet churning after contact and can generate some push when he is able to successfully attack an opponent’s outside shoulder. Plays with appropriate balance and avoids bending at the waist. Would be a good fit for a zone blocking scheme, as he has enough quickness to climb up to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers. Knee-bender with good looking pass sets. Has enough lateral quickness to mirror in pass protection; pretty light on his feet, with a good level of activity. Pretty accurate placing his hands in pass protection. Flashes the ability to jolt with his punch. Was able to absorb power on the outside.

Negatives:

  • After starting for four years at left tackle, will need to adjust to a new position and a steep increase in the level of competition he faces. Strength is just average. Plays a little bit upright and may not be able to push the pile once he moves inside. Hands find their way outside at times, especially when he lets opposing pass-rushers into his pads. Had some struggles with inside moves when playing on an island. Might be considered sort of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type.

Summary:

  • A pretty technically-sound prospect who played well at left tackle and has enough athleticism to interest teams looking for a zone-blocking lineman on the interior. The key question is whether his power will translate to the inside, where he’ll be asked to mix it up with players considerably bigger than those he was matched up against at the college level. At this point, looks likely to come off the board in the second or third round, although finding a suitable scheme/position will be critical to his success.

OC James Daniels, Iowa

6’3” – 306 lbs. – 5.25

Profile: 

  • Started two of fourteen games at left guard as a true freshman, then eleven and twelve at center in each of the two subsequent seasons, respectively. Declared for the draft early and is just twenty years old.

 Positives: 

  • Has a solid build for a pro lineman on the inside; very thick, with a bubble butt. Scheme- and position-versatile prospect who has played both center and guard and should have no trouble in either an inline or zone blocking scheme. Very athletic blocker who was often asked to pull and has the explosiveness and short-area quickness to get to the edge and lead the way for ballcarriers. Capable of crossing an opponent’s face and hooking them. Climbs to the second level with ease. Has a good work rate and tries to stick with his man through the whistle. Plus balance; doesn’t lunge or overextend himself and rarely ends up on the ground. Keeps his feet churning after contact. Powerful hands to turn defenders out of the hole. Handles power easily in pass protection. Gets good extension in pass protection and can play from his seat. Very advanced for his age.

Negatives:

  • Thicker than he is tall or long. Doesn’t generate a ton of push in the run game. Can struggle to square up opponents. Overruns the spot at times when attempting to secure blocks on the move, whether at the second level or in space generally. Gets more upright the further he gets from his starting position. Could be a little bit more aggressive in terms of seeking out opponents to block in pass protection; too many pass snaps where he doesn’t engage opponents. Temperament leaves a little bit to be desired; gives plenty of effort but isn’t a particularly nasty player and doesn’t always finish his blocks. Drew nine penalties over the past two seasons. Underwent knee surgery prior to the 2016 season, then missed two games that year with a knee injury and one game as a senior, so medical flags could affect draft stock.

Summary:

  • Polished, scheme-versatile prospect who comes from a program with an excellent reputation for producing NFL offensive linemen, preparing them for the types of concepts and blocking assignments they’ll be asked to handle at the pro level. Has an impressive combination of bulk and athleticism which should allow him to start sooner rather than later at either guard or center, but may be a slightly better fit for the latter. Appears on track to go in either the first or second round.

OL Will Clapp, Louisiana St.

6’5” – 314 lbs. – 5.39

Profile: 

  • Redshirted, then started the subsequent season at right guard (one start coming on the left side). Flipped to left guard for his sophomore campaign, then played center as a junior before declaring for the draft.

Positives:

  • Big, thickly-built interior lineman with very good size; really looks the part of a pro lineman. Comes with three seasons of SEC starting experience and spent a season at each of three interior positions. Size makes him a big obstacle. Able to get some extension with his arms, with a strong grip to sustain. Was asked to pull to both sides and gives good effort, although his athleticism makes it difficult for him to reach targets. Keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection. Able to handle power with ease given his thick, strong build. Has a strong enough punch that he can knock opponents off-balance or to the ground when helping a teammate. Versatility could allow him to begin his career as a swing reserve.

Negatives:

  • Overall technique can get sloppy. Tends to play a little bit high and consequently doesn’t generate as much push as a player with his size probably should; more of a wall-off blocker. Marginal athlete without much lateral or short-area quickness. Struggles to line up opponents at the second level, often overrunning a spot or failing to reach it. Can lapse into throwing his body into opponents rather than using his arms to engage them, especially when he’s on the move. In pass protection, is somewhat susceptible to opponents running around him because he’s unable to mirror effectively. Will probably be scheme-limited to playing in a power-based offense.

Summary:

  • Made a reasonable decision to forego his senior season in order to declare for the draft, as he had already accumulated three years of SEC starting experience at three different positions. Has a pro-ready build and enough power to mix it up on the interior, but as it stands, has a somewhat sloppy game and probably lacks the type of athleticism to play in a zone scheme, even if he was asked to pull somewhat frequently at the college level. Looks like a third day pick who will be asked to begin his career as a swing reserve and might have a little bit more upside if he can clean up his technique.

OC Billy Price, Ohio St.

6’4” – 312 lbs. – 5.20e

Profile:

  • High school defender who transitioned to offensive line as a redshirt. Started three games at left guard and twelve at right guard the following year, then left guard as a sophomore and right guard as a junior before transitioning to center for his senior season. Started fifty-five games. Team captain.

Positives:

  • Has plus size and bulk for an interior lineman; thick, powerful build. Fires out of his stance low and with explosiveness. Does a good job of driving his feet after contact. Capable of pulling to either side in the pass or run game. Has the short-area quickness to climb up to the second level. Aggressive finisher who plays through the whistle; offers a very desirable temperament for a pro lineman. Absorbs power pretty well when anchoring against opponents and shouldn’t have much trouble mixing it up against zero-techniques at the next level. Good lateral quickness in pass protection. Has quick and active hands to battle with opponents. Keeps his head on a swivel and actively seeks out opponents to block; rarely found idling around at the line on passing downs. Comes with extensive starting experience in a major conference, having played all three interior positions during his time with the Buckeyes; durability in college should somewhat mitigate concerns about his health following Combine injury. Scheme-versatile.

 Negatives:

  • Ends up on the ground far too often for a player of his size and strength. Often gets too aggressive and ends up lunging at opponents; will bend at the waist and duck his head into contact. Falls off a lot of his blocking attempts at the second level. More of a shover whose grip strength is just average; doesn’t tend to lock on to an opponent’s pads and control them through the snap.

Summary:

  • Nasty blocker who is close to a total package; experienced, versatile interior lineman who plays with aggression and power, bringing a big, thick frame and plenty of athleticism to pull and lead the way on outside rushing attempts or pick up backsidde rushers in pass protection. Was getting some first-round hype prior to the Combine, but after injuring himself there, might end up being more of a second-round pick; still has a solid shot of coming off of the board within the first forty picks or so. A plug-and-play lineman who could conceivably play center or either guard spot and projects as a long-term starter.

OG Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech

6’4” – 314 lbs. – 5.24

Started six games at offensive guard as a freshman despite beginning his collegiate career as a defensive end. Became the team’s full-time starter at left guard the following season, and reprised that role in each of the two subsequent seasons, ending his career with forty-three starts at guard; very durable. Very thickly-built guard who has solid height but what looks like just average length. One of the most powerful players in this year’s draft class; reportedly bench presses well over 400 pounds and squatted 560 pounds in spring training as a sophomore. Played in an inline scheme in college and projects best there at the pro level as well. Able to use his devastating initial punch to knock opponents off-balance or to the ground on a consistent basis. Mauler in a phone booth; once he locks on, it’s over. Has good leg drive after contact and racks up plenty of pancakes; displays the type of killer instinct teams look for in their offensive linemen. Good hand fighter who can toss defenders to the ground like he’s Shawne Merriman and they’re Tila Tequila. Can disrupt opponents with just a glancing blow. Knocks second-level defenders silly with his search pulls. Drops an early anchor in pass protection and can easily absorb opposing bull rushers; stonewalls opponents at the line of scrimmage. Not the most laterally quick offensive lineman but can use his width and power to obstruct their path to the passer and stop them in their tracks at the line of scrimmage. Rarely fooled or caught out of position; very consistent output over his time in the starting lineup. Able to get down in his seat and place his hands accurately, with a strong initial punch and good extension. Could do a better job of keeping his back straight into contact. There are some concerns about his perceived drop-off from his junior year to his senior year; some consider that an indictment of his character. Strictly a guard prospect; overall athletic ability is just average and may struggle to transition to a zone-blocking scheme. Has some of the nastiest tape in this year’s offensive line class, with an excellent combination of size, bulk, power, and aggressiveness which should allow him to become a starter at the next level sooner rather than later. Looked like a man among boys in college and could come off the board as early as the second day if he performs well in interviews.

OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

6’5″ – 325 lbs. – 5.20e

Started eleven games at left guard as a sophomore, then slid over to left tackle in 2016, where he started all twelve games. Moved back to guard as a senior, with Mike McGlinchey taking over on the blindside. Team captain. Has solid height and a very thick frame; your prototypical frame for an inline/man blocking scheme. Probably a pure guard, as he doesn’t appear to have exceptional length. Very tough, physical player who thumps on contact and works hard to stay engaged through the whistle. Fires out of his stance low and can generate push in the run game. Has some power in his hands to jolt defenders on contact. Grip strength is very strong and can control interactions once he’s locked on. Plays the game with nastiness and aggressiveness to finish blocks, smothering opponents who come out too high. Works well on double-team blocks. Has the short-area quickness and lower-body strength to chip one defender and recover to block another. Was regularly asked to pull or climb to the second level; gives good effort to secure blocks despite what looks like average athleticism. More comfortable when he’s able to work in a phone booth in pass protection, using his grip and anchor strength to stonewall opponents. Has the thickness and lower-body strength to hold up against the bull-rushes of nose tackles. Bends his knees and keeps his back straight and his head up when engaging; however, will occasionally end up on the ground if he’s beaten by quickness off the snap and has to lunge in order to disrupt an opponent. Gets good extension with his arms. Doesn’t always make it look pretty but will maximize is length to drive opponents wide of the ballcarrier. Very alert; keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection and will double-team a defender already engaged if he has no one to block. Gets out in front of screens and can engage defenders at the second level. Doesn’t have the eye-popping size or athleticism of some of the top guard prospects in years past, but might be this year’s most consistent, pro-ready offensive line prospect, representing a plug-and-play option who offers the temperament, physicality, power, leadership, and consistency that teams look for in their offensive linemen.

OG Braden Smith, Auburn

6’6″ – 315 lbs. – 5.22

Started the bowl game in his freshman season, then started thirteen games at right guard and one at right tackle the following season. Reprised his role as the team’s right guard in the following two seasons. Regularly appeared on the SEC honor roll. Tall and seemingly lanky offensive guard with just adequate bulk; carries his weight well, but looks more like an offensive tackle than an interior lineman. Athletic zone blocker with a desirable temperament. Was asked to execute a wide variety of blocks in Auburn’s offense and looks comfortable securing blocks in space. Can pull, hook opponents on the line, or climb up to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers. Gets good extension with his arms to maximize his frame. Has a strong grip and a good work rate to stick with opponents through the whistle. Fires out of his stance low and appears to have above-average power and the ability to generate some push against opposing defenders; however, height can impact his leverage at times, and may not immediately be able to translate his power to the pro level. Physical and aggressive; will take advantage of opportunities to finish opponents with a pancake. Can be too eager to engage and will lower his head and lunge at times, causing him to whiff on opportunities to secure blocks on linebackers at the second level. Comes from a predominantly run-oriented offense, but passing-down fundamentals appear sound. Keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection, although he could slightly improve the speed at which he diagnoses stunts, twists, and additional rushers. Overall pass sets look good. Knee-bender who plays with better balance in pass protection than he does in the run game; arm extension from the run game carries over into his work in pass protection as well. Was able to handle power and avoid being walked back at the college level. Has the athleticism to get out in front of screens. Comes with plenty of starting experience in college football’s premier conference, and the combination of size, intelligence, and athleticism to develop into a starter at the pro level, although some teams may want him to add additional bulk in order to offset his height. Best fit would come in a zone-blocking scheme.

OG Skyler Phillips, Idaho St.

6’3″ – 324 lbs. – 5.10

Started five games at left guard and seven games at right tackle as a freshman, then started ten games at right guard the following season. Started five games at right guard, three on the blindside, and one at right tackle as a junior. Sustained a season-ending concussion four games into the 2016 season, which he played at left tackle, then played right guard as a senior. Very wide, thickly-built right guard whose height and length are on the borderline of what’s acceptable for an interior lineman; despite having played some games at tackle in college, doesn’t have the type of height, length, or athleticism to play on the outside at the next level. Plays with a very physical, nasty temperament that will endear him to line coaches. Powerful at the point of attack, with the ability to generate push in a phone booth. Works well on double-team blocks and can clear wide rushing lanes. Despite being much more suited to an inline scheme, has some ability to pull and lead the way when executing zone concepts; has above-average athleticism for his size and works hard to seek out and engage second-level opponents. Able to climb up to linebackers and get in the way. Has issues with balance which crop up often on tape; has a tendency to fall off of blocks or overextend himself in an attempt to reach defenders out of his range. Active in pass protection and will keep his head on a swivel and seek out opponents to block. Has a devastatingly powerful initial punch which can knock defenders off-balance or to the ground; however, has some trouble landing punches in space. Absorbs power easily, dropping an early anchor to stonewall opposing bull-rushers at the line of scrimmage. Has more issues blocking gap-shooting interior rushers, in large part because his team’s offense asked their linemen to play with very wide splits; might be able to use his width to hold up better at the next level when he’s closer to his center and tackle, as he has relatively impressive lateral quickness. Has four seasons of starting experience and the type of bulk and natural power to play at the next level, although he’ll be making a big leap up in the level of competition he’s playing against and may have more success as a run blocker than in pass protection. Looks like a mid-round pick.