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College Football: Top 10 Offensive Guards

Oct. 08, 2019 - Michael Stewart

College Football: Top 10 Offensive Guards

Introduction: The 2020 class at offensive guard has good depth and we could see many taken throughout the draft. You’re not going to see any Quenton Nelson among this group, but you will see a vast amount of solid run blockers available. This year’s class is also versatile and can play multiple positions as well. NFL teams like offensive linemen who can play multiple positions. Here’s my top 10 offensive guards prospects for 2020.

  1. Darryl Williams (Mississippi State) 6’2/305: Williams moves like a linebacker and has exceptional strength (mostly in his lower body). Williams is equally effective as a run blocker and a pass defender and should hear his name called on Day 1 of the draft.
  2. Tommy Kraemer (Notre Dame) 6’6/320: Kraemer could play multiple positions for the fighting Irish this season, but should play the bulk of it at guard and also once he goes to the NFL. Proto-typical Notre Dame linemen with a solid base and sound technique with his hands and feet.
  3. Ben Bredeson (Michigan) 6’5/305: Bredeson uses his arm length well and is able to lock down defenders after his initial contact. Many scouts project him to convert to tackle at the pro level, but is capable of being a multi-position linemen in the NFL.
  4. Jack Anderson (Texas Tech)6’5/320: Anderson has good size and utilizes his hands and arms well to create separation. Anderson has a strong lower body base and has excellent footwork.
  5. Trey Smith (Tennessee) 6’6/320: Smith is extremely versatile and can play the guard and tackle position equally well. Smith slips down on my list only because health issues (blood clots in his lungs); which could affect his draft status. However; when on the field, Smith is a dominant run/pass blocker with natural athleticism.
  6. Tyler Higby (Michigan State) 6’4/305: Higby is a little undersized in today’s standard at guard, but he makes up for it with sound technique and intelligence. Higby seems to always keep himself in good position once engaged and has good bend from the hips down. Higby needs to put more weight and gain a little bit more strength at the next level.
  7. Solomon Kindley (Georgia) 6’4/335: Kindley toughest opponents could arguably be his own defensive linemen at Georgia during practices. Kindley is solid at the point of attack and keeps his feet moving until the whistle. Kindley operates well between the trenches and would be a solid pick on possibly day 2 in the draft.
  8. Josh Sills (West Virginia) 6’6/328; Sills is a massive/strong individual and he plays according to his size. Sills moves very well for his size, displaying excellent footwork and should adapt easily in the NFL.
  9. Steven Gonzalez (Penn State) 6’4/345: Gonzalez moves well for his size and keeps his feet underneath him well. Gonzalez never seems to lunge at his opponent and keeps good separation by utilizing his long arms well.
  10. Thayer Munford (Ohio State) 6’6/310: Munford could place both the guard and tackle position this season, but should see the bulk of his time at guard. Many scouts forecast Munford as a guard in the NFL with his athleticism and solid technique. Munford keeps good balance throughout engagement and utilizes his arms well to create separation.

Final Thoughts: Had to leave off a few names on this list, however; should see this list have some new faces by the end of the season. Many football experts are projecting anywhere from 17 to 20 offensive guards taken in the upcoming draft. Let’s not forget many of the tackles selected converted over to guard as well.