If you’re an NFL team needing a boost on the offensive line, you can find your share of tackles in the draft. Guards may be a different story.
If you’re an NFL team needing a boost on the offensive line, you can find your share of tackles. Guards may be a different story.
According to a longtime executive in personnel, who agreed to help us on this series of stories there are no fewer than five and as many as seven tackles who should go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
“It’s not a bad year (for tackles),’’ he said. “There are a few really good ones and some others who could develop and become very good. If you need a tackle, you should be able to find one.’’
That’s not the case at the guard position.
“It might be the worst I’ve seen in years,’’ he said of the 2020 guard class. “There’s one (Ben Bredenson) from Michigan who is pretty good and that’s about it.’’
There are, however, a few centers.
“I do like some (centers). Again, the Michigan kid (Cesar Ruiz) is the best. But (Lloyd) Cushenberry from LSU is good. I like the Temple kid (Matt Hennessy) and (Trystan) Colon-Castillo (from Missouri) is good, too.’’
Here’s his list of the best of the best offensive linemen:
Height/Weight: 6-5, 315
Arm size/Hand size: 36.1/10.2
Quote: “To me, he’s the best one overall. I like his game. He’s smart, he’s tough; he can do it all.’’
Height/Weight: 6-6, 320
Arm size/Hand size: 34/10.2
Quote: “He’s good, you could say he’s No. 1. I just like Thomas better.’’
Height/Weight: 6-7, 357
Arm Size/Hand size: 35.6/10.7
Quote: “Big, big man. For a guy his size he can move. He’s right there (with top 2). He’s gonna be good.’’
Height/Weight: 6-5, 311
Arm size/Hand size: 33.6/10.1
Quote: “I like him. He went and worked out well and now everyone is on him. He really helped himself (at the Combine).’’
Height/Weight: 6-4, 312
Arm size/Hand size: 34.2/10.2
Quote: “I don’t like him as much as others do. He’s going to go higher than he should. He’s not as good as the top four guys.’’
OVERRATED: Austin Jackson, So.Cal
UNDERRATED: Isiah Wilson, Georgia
SMALL SCHOOL STAR: Ben Bartch, St. John’s (Minn)
BEST GUARD: Ben Bredenson, Michigan
BEST CENTER: Cesar Ruiz, Michigan