Category: Offensive Guard

OT Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

6’5” – 303 lbs. – N/A
Five-star recruit who has been starting since he arrived at Clemson, making him one of the most experienced players in this year’s draft class; first game at the school game as the team’s starting left tackle. Was slimmer at the Combine weigh-in than he looks on tape; height and length (arms just over 34”) are both adequate for a pro offensive tackle, with big hands measuring 10.25”. Has pretty light feet in pass protection, but often looks sloppy, struggling to keep a stable base and a straight back; form deteriorates as the distance he covers grows. Gives up leverage to opponents by bending at the waist or ducking his head and can be made to look silly by good technicians; gets set up too easily and too consistently. Balance issues carry over into his lower body. Lacks the short-area quickness to recover when caught out of position, forcing him to try and shove opponents wide of the pocket. Does, however, keep his hands high and flashes some strength in his punch. Drops an early anchor and can handle power more easily than speed. Was occasionally asked to get out in front of screens but isn’t the most athletic player in space. Pretty physical run blocker who works hard through the whistle. Gets good extension and keeps his legs churning after contact, flashing the ability to generate push by blocking down and moving defenders toward the center of the formation. Has enough power to twist defenders out of the hole when he’s able to frame and lock onto them. Flashes the ability to climb up to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers. Big-bodied player who can sometimes wall off defenders even if his positioning and technique are off the mark. Has the same balance issues he displays in the pass game – lowering his head, bending at the waist. Played left tackle in college, but his struggles to handle speed make it clear that he’ll be facing a position change upon arriving at the NFL level, something which could mask his glaring issues with balance. Might be better-served on the inside, which would limit the distance he’s expected to cover while allowing him to utilize his physicality and power in the run game. Looks like a mid-to-late-round developmental swing reserve, although his lack of polish after four years as a starter is concerning.

OT Greg Little, Mississippi*

6’5” – 310 lbs. – 5.33
A five-star recruit who was the top offensive line prospect in the country, he started five games at left tackle during his freshman season, then became the team’s full-time left tackle as a sophomore, a role he reprised as a junior before declaring for the draft. Elephantine prospect with an excellent combination of size, bulk, and length for a pro tackle. Two-plus-year starter with a workmanlike approach to the game. Technique on passing downs looks pretty sound. Has the ability to bend at the knees, keep his back straight, and leverage his size/length to get into his pass sets and protect the edge; simply too big for most pass-rushers to get around, allowing him to provide consistent protection on the edge. Pretty impressive lateral quickness to mirror against speed and ride opponents wide. Anchors easily against power and eliminates opponents with his grip strength. Keeps his head on a swivel to locate opponents. Generally pretty accurate with his punch but there’s not a lot of violence to it; could also improve his hand placement overall (needs to keep inside more consistently). Plays in a power gap scheme. Run blocking is predicated upon his size and grip strength; a massive obstacle who can lock on, turn defenders out of the hole, and seal them off from the play direction. Despite being a bigger tackle, was often asked to block on angles, pull, or make second-level blocks in Mississippi’s offense. An above-average athlete for his size over a short area, although stamina can be an issue as the play goes on. Able to seal the edge in the run game and climb up to engage second-level defenders; does a good job of getting in space, squaring up defenders, and creating disruption. Can get stuck in congestion when pulling to the right. Would like to see more leg drive to generate push instead of walling opponents off. Falls off of a few too many blocks when dealing with sudden opponents. Often satisfied to seal opponents; doesn’t display much of a killer instinct to drive opponents into the dirt and finish them off. A prospect whose combination of rare size, impressive pass sets, and surprising quickness allowed him to provide pretty consistent play at the left tackle position in college football’s top conference, and who could potentially continue to protect the blindside at the next level, he will likely come off the board in the first round as one of the top offensive linemen in this year’s class.

OT Dalton Risner, Kansas St.

6’5” – 312 lbs. – 5.30
Redshirted, then started thirteen games at center the following year. Slid over to right tackle as a sophomore, then started thirty-seven games there over the next three seasons to finish his career with fifty total starts. Will be twenty-four as a rookie. Showed up to the Combine twelve pounds heavier than his listed weight, and had impressive measurements (10.25” hands, 34” arms); has a solid combination of height and bulk for a pro lineman, with what looks like a strong body. Impressive run-blocker who plays the game with the type of nasty, aggressive temperament teams look for. Works hard to sustain through the whistle. Explosive out of his stance, with the athletic ability to reach and square up opponents when blocking on angles. Was asked to pull to the left and smash defenders in the hole. Gets good extension with his arms, plays with a strong grip, and drives his legs through the whistle to generate movement. Capable of locking on, twisting his body, and throwing down smaller opponents to pick up pancakes. Has some occasional balance issues, lowering his head into contact or bending at the waist in order to reach opponents. Didn’t make it look pretty but was an effective pass-protector at the college level, with impressive awareness. Plays hunched over in his pass sets, and can let his base get narrow. Stilted footwork when getting depth. When protecting the edge against speed, often tended to coast on his raw athleticism rather than getting depth with his kickslide to protect the edge; however, has the short-area quickness to recover and steer rushers wide of the pocket. Fires out his hands quickly, gets good extension with his arms, and has the lateral quickness to mirror once engaged. Looks comfortable handling power and can generate some pop with his punch. A four-year starter with the physicality, motor, leg-drive, and power to succeed at the next level, but whose technique looks sloppy for someone with as much first-team experience as he offers; in particular, needs to keep his head up, play with better balance, and improve his footwork in pass sets. However, the fact that he was able to provide solid, consistent play at the college level even with those issues looks like it will help teams overlook some ugly technique and select him by the end of the draft’s second day. May be considered a candidate to slide inside, either to center or guard.

OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma

6’4” – 329 lbs. – 5.21
Started three games at left guard as a redshirt freshman but sustained a broken fibula against Ohio State. Started four of twelve games played the following year, all at left guard, then slid over to right tackle and started fourteen games there as a junior before declaring for the draft. Massive offensive lineman with long 34” arms, although at just under 6’4” he might be asked to slide back inside at the next level. Was a reliable pass-protector in college, even at tackle. Doesn’t have the most explosive kickslide; looks a little bit heavy-legged, although his pure size still makes him difficult to get around, and looked good protecting the edge even at tackle at the college level. Able to bend at the knees, play with a wide base, and anchor easily against bull-rushers. Has the power to knock opponents off-balance with his punch, as well as a strong grip to lock on, although his hands can find their way outside a little bit too often. Would sometimes coast on his bulk/lower-body strength, letting defenders into his body. Offers impressive balance, rarely overextends or bends at the waist, in part because his length allows him to reach opponents without doing so. More susceptible to inside-moves than speed. Plus run blocker. An above-average athlete for his size, was often asked to block on angles, pull to the other side of the formation, lead the way on screens, or get to the second level and engage linebackers. Demonstrates a good work rate to play through the whistle and although he can often get caught up in congestion, flashes the ability to engage in space or use his mass to obstruct paths to the ballcarrier. Has enough short-area quickness to help on a defensive lineman and still get a chip on a second-level opponent; gets set up quickly and can seal defenders inside with his down-blocks. Could play with a little bit more leverage and nastiness; often looks like more of a reliable wall-off blocker than a mauler, although he does flash the ability to keep his legs churning and finish opponents. Managed just nineteen reps on the bench at the Combine, although it’s common for prospects with longer arms to post average numbers. Not quite the devastating phone-booth blocker his size would suggest, and is a little bit shorter than your typical offensive tackle, but has the short-area quickness, work rate, length, bulk, and anchor to develop into a quality starter at the pro level, potentially at guard. Considered pretty likely to go in the first round.

OT Chuma Edoga, Southern California

6’4” – 308 lbs. – 5.19

Five-star recruit who played in thirteen games as a freshman, then started two of nine games the following year, both starts coming at left tackle. Became the full-time starter at right tackle in his junior year and reprised that role as a senior, totaling twenty-four starts over two years. Shorter than your typical offensive tackle, measuring just 6’3.5” at the Combine; this has led many to anticipate that he will be sliding inside to guard at the next level. Does, however, have very long arms measuring 34.75”. Looks massive on tape, with good thickness through his body. A plus athlete with good power; flashes the ability to dominate as a drive-blocker in the run game. Athletic enough to get out in space and successfully engage linebackers. Has a tendency to lower his head into contact and overextend; would be better-served by playing within his frame. However, once he engages, demonstrates good natural power and leg drive to walk back opposing defensive ends. Would like to see a more consistent effort to get both of his hands high and inside; even executed a one-armed block during the games reviewed and can tend to coast on his natural gifts. More powerful than he is nasty and doesn’t always capitalize on opportunities to finish his blocks with pancakes; finishes too many snaps as a spectator. For a more thickly-built lineman, looks nimble, with the lateral quickness to mirror opponents once he’s engaged. Pass sets look good; bends at the knees and keeps his hands ready to strike at the chest plate. However, can get overeager to initial contact, causing him to lean toward his opponent and lose the leverage battle. Can struggle to reset his hands against counters; looked very susceptible to spin moves (see Stanford game his junior year), where he can often be placed on his heels. Has sustained wrist and ankle injuries and was suspended as a sophomore after violating team rules; dealt with a hyperextended knee as a senior. One of the more intriguing mid-round candidates in this year’s offensive line class, measuring in at under 6’4” may force him to slide inside but has the type of thickness, natural power, and movement skills to develop into a starter. However, that will require him to play with more consistent aggression, balance, and hand placement. Something of a boom-or-bust candidate.

OL Ryan Bates, Penn St.*

6’4” – 302 lbs. – N/A
Redshirted, then started for the entire 2016 season, playing both left guard and left tackle. Was limited to eight starts the following year due to a neck injury, all of which came at left tackle, then started at twelve games at tackle as a junior (nine on the left side, three on the right) before declaring for the draft. Has good-looking pass sets, bending at the knees and with clean footwork on his kick slide to get depth and protect the edge. Has the lateral quickness to square up opponents and mirror them. Does a good job of keeping his back straight on more direct rushes, although he can sometimes be forced to abandon his technique and try to push speed rushers wide of the arc because of his lack of length. Effective hand-fighter who does a good job of limiting his opponents’ freedom of action. Despite being considered likely to slide back inside to guard, still needs work on his anchor, as he can drop it late after the pocket has already been collapsed. Tends to let pass-rushers get into his body a little bit too easily and could be more proactive about throwing punches at the chest plate and keeping his hands high and inside to control his opponent. Lack of length can cause him to slip off of some blocks. A pretty versatile run-blocker. Able to seal the edge when blocking down on the outside shoulder. Plays with leverage and keeps his feet churning after contact to generate push. Good work rate through the whistle. Also capable of pulling to the right side of the line and squaring up opponents to engage and turn out of the hole on rushing attempts in that direction. Has enough short-area quickness to help down-block on one defender before climbing to the second level and getting in the way of a linebacker. Will have to get used to taking more snaps out of a three-point stance. More tough than nasty, and may struggle to win in a phone booth against bigger defensive tackles. Doesn’t always get full extension on opponents. Not quite as long as teams want in a tackle or as powerful as teams want in a guard, but is still one of the better swing linemen in the draft, combining sound technique with snap-to-snap consistency. Looks likely to come off the boards in the mid-rounds.

OG Nate Herbig, Stanford

6’4” – 335 lbs. – 5.41
Started six of thirteen games played as a freshman, all at left guard, then appeared in all thirteen games the following year. Started seven games in an injury-plagued junior year, six at right guard and one at right tackle, then decided to declare for the draft. Elephantine interior lineman with outstanding bulk for the position, but arms which are a little bit on the underwhelming side at just under 32.5” in length. Good athlete for someone with his size. Was asked to do a lot of blocking on angles and in space at Stanford; demonstrates a good work rate to get out in space and seek out opponents, although he struggles to frame and hit moving targets. More comfortable in a phone booth, getting his arms extended and keeping his feet churning after contact to generate push. Does a good job of sticking with his opponents through the snap, with big hands which measured over 10” in Indianapolis. Has a more hard-working than nasty/aggressive on-field temperament. Pass sets look pretty good, bending at the knees and keeping his back straight. Relatively light on his feet for a player of his size and managed to get depth to protect the edge when needed outside. Has plenty of lower-body strength to anchor against power at the line of scrimmage, but he can drop that anchor a bit late at times and get walked back further than a player with his size should. Does a pretty good job of getting extension and placing his hands high and inside to control interactions, although he can lapse into catching opponents instead of delivering punches. Sheer mass makes him a difficult player to get around in a phone booth, although some balance issues crop up occasionally when dealing with quicker opponents. Has some trouble lining up opponents in space but was asked to get out in front of screens. There’s definitely enough that’s intriguing about his combination of size and athleticism to draw attention during the draft, particularly given that he’s played both guard positions and the right tackle spot; however, it may be difficult for him to wind up coming off the board earlier than the mid rounds due to the fact that he never put together a full season in the starting lineup, has below-average height and length for a tackle, and dealt with some injuries last year.

OG Michael Deiter, Wisconsin

6’6” – 328 lbs. – N/A
Started all thirteen games as a redshirt freshman, seven at left guard and six at center. Started ten games at center and four at left guard the following year, then all fourteen at left tackle as a junior and all thirteen at left guard as a junior and senior, respectively. One of the biggest guard prospects in this year’s class, with an excellent combination of height and bulk. Overpowering, road-grading run blocker who can block down on angles and clear big holes for ballcarriers. Fires out pretty low for a bigger player and drives his legs after contact to generate push and finish blocks. Plays with a physical, nasty disposition. Has the power to jolt opponents on contact but can sometimes let his hands slip outside instead of placing them high and inside. Occasionally demonstrates a tendency to block with his body instead of getting extension with his arms. Wasn’t asked to pull too much but flashes the ability to climb to the second level and engage linebackers. Has good grip strength to twist defenders down and pick up pancakes when he’s able to lock on; good finisher. A little bit more of a work in progress in pass protection despite having played left tackle as a junior. On the positive side, does a good job of getting his arms extended and is able to bend at the knees. Can knock defenders off-balance with his hands. However, also has a tendency to duck his head or lean on opponents, giving up leverage and allowing them to control him. Can sometimes lose the leverage battle and get walked back into the pocket despite his size, dropping a late anchor; doesn’t hold his ground against bull-rushers as well as you’d think. Falls off of some blocks when faced with quick, penetrating types; has explosiveness when firing out of his stance as a run-blocker, but lateral quickness is just average. A team captain coming from Wisconsin’s very highly-regarded zone-blocking system, and with four years of starting experience between tackle, guard, and center, he has the size, power, and nastiness to dominate in the run game, but needs to do a better job of framing up opponents and holding his ground in pass protection, where his play is less impressive. Still looks like a solid candidate to be one of the first offensive guards off the board, probably some time on the second day.

OG Dru Samia, Oklahoma

6’5” – 305 lbs. – 5.29

Experienced four-year starter: started nine of twelve games played as a freshman and has been with the first team ever since, one game of his junior year notwithstanding. Will enter the draft with forty-eight starts under his belt. Well-built for an interior lineman, with solid height and bulk and arms which measured 33” at the Combine. Chippy, physical player who works through the whistle and sometimes even afterward. Not the most athletic guard, but was asked to do some blocking on angles, pull to the left side of the formation, and also get out in front of screens. Can look a little bit plodding but also does a pretty good job of hitting moving targets within his range and can overpower them at the point of contact; reliably able to get blocks near the line of scrimmage as the pull guard, although he’s not a major threat to climb up to the second level and eliminate linebackers. Impressive functional strength (28 reps on the bench in Indianapolis). Can block down on the outside shoulder and push interior linemen into the middle of the formation to create rushing lanes. Has a pretty strong grip once locked on and demonstrates good leg drive once engaged. Nasty and loves to finish his snaps by picking up a pancake. Alert in pass protection, scanning and searching for ways to get involved on the snap. Pass sets look pretty good. Is capable of bending at the knees and generally plays within his frame. Has a pretty powerful shove that can knock opponents off-balance; gets his hands high instead of catching opponents. Looks comfortable absorbing power; solid anchor against the bull-rush. Has controlled footwork but isn’t the most laterally quick guard; teams would probably have better luck going around him instead of through him. Some minor balance issues crop up in pass protection but they didn’t seem to affect the results of his play during the games reviewed. Can struggle to successfully block second-level opponents in the screen game. A very physical, powerful offensive guard who plays with the type of nastiness teams look for in their offensive linemen, he may not be one of the best athletes in this year’s offensive line class but proved that he could execute some pulls and play in a zone-blocking scheme at the college level. Looks like a solid mid-rounder.

OG Connor McGovern, Penn St.*

6’5” – 308 lbs. – N/A
Started nine of thirteen games as a true freshman, then all thirteen at center the following year. Slid over to right guard the following year, starting just one game at center versus twelve at right guard. Decided to forego his senior season to declare for the draft. Has a good frame for a pro guard, with solid height and bulk and long arms which measured over 34” at the Combine; sort of a stout build. Above-average run blocker with pretty consistent snap-to-snap results. Fires out of his stance low and tends to start interactions with a leverage advantage. Has a strong grip to sustain blocks through the whistle, with a competitive demeanor; flashes the ability to twist defenders to the ground and finish snaps with pancakes. Aggressive finisher when he gets the opportunity. Gets his arms extended and keeps his legs churning after contact, although he’s more physical than likely to maul opponents in a phone-booth. Does a good job of blocking down and creating lanes by attacking the outside shoulder. Was asked to get out into space a little bit but isn’t the most athletic player; can make it a few yards away from his starting spot and successfully engage opponents, but didn’t execute many extended pulls. Can sometimes get too aggressive and end up overextending despite his impressive length. Looks technically-sound and comfortable in pass protection; bends at the knees, gets his arms extended, places his hands high, and generally looks capable of stonewalling bull-rushers at the line of scrimmage, although his anchor can drop late at times. Can knock defenders off-balance with his shoves when providing help, but would like to see him deliver more punches instead of ceding the initiative and absorbing an opponent’s power. Has enough short-area quickness to chip one opponent and slide back to pick up a blitzer; pretty good awareness. Did a good job of protecting the gaps to either side of him during the games reviewed. Reportedly struggled down the stretch last season but decided to declare anyway. That looks like a good idea, given that he already offers pro-ready size and strength, with the physicality, competitiveness, and consistency to develop into a starting blocker on the interior of a pro offensive line, whether at guard or center. Might fit better in a man/power blocking scheme. Generally considered on the borderline between the second and third day, but grades out as one of the better guards in the class.