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2013 NFL Draft Guard Rankings

Posted by Brad On February - 2 - 2013
"Chance Warmack"

Will Warmack be the exception to the rule and go in the top 10?

Chris Naeole was taken with the 10th pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. The reason that piece of trivia is important is because it was the last time a guard was taken in the top 10 of the NFL Draft. The 2013 NFL Draft may challenge the ’97 draft with Alabama’s Chance Warmack.

Warmack is a special talent at a position that is often overlooked. 2012 gave us a top notch guard prospect in David DeCastro but Warmack is far superior as a prospect to DeCastro. Warmack is equally effective in the run and pass game and should challenge as a top 10 guard selection. I would look for Warmack to buck the trend of guard positioning in the draft as he could go as high as 4 to Philadelphia (unlikely) and I can’t see him falling further than 16 to the Rams. It would be a mild surprise if Warmack was available by the 16th pick as I’ve routinely mocked him to the Titans at No. 10.

After gloating about Warmack, we make our way to another first round guard prospect in Jonathan Cooper. Cooper is a solid athlete that, like Warmack, is solid in both the run and pass game. The talent after Warmack and Cooper doesn’t drop off with guys like Larry Warford, David Quessenberry, and David Bakhtiari holding down the fort. The kicker is that some tackle prospects (Dallas Thomas, Kyle Long, and Justin Pugh) could figure into teams plans at the guard position. When looking at all the possibilities this is a fairly strong guard class.

After the break check out our 2013 NFL Draft guard rankings.

RANKPLAYERSCHOOLHEIGHTWEIGHT
1CHANCE WARMACKALABAMA6022322
2JONATHAN COOPERNORTH CAROLINA6027310
3LARRY WARFORDKENTUCKY6032333
4DAVID QUESSENBERRYSAN JOSE ST6050294
5DAVID BAKHTIARICOLORADO6040295
6BRIAN WINTERSKENT STATE6034310
7ALVIN BAILEYARKANSAS6045315
8J.C. TRETTERCORNELL6035302
9OMOREGIE UZZIGEORGIA TECH6027302
10HUGH THORNTONILLINOIS6032313
11BLAIZE FOLTZTCU6030329
12LANE TAYLOROKLAHOMA STATE6030326
13EARL WATFORDJAMES MADISON6036300
14OSCAR JOHNSONLOUISIANA TECH6054339
15GARRETT GILKEYCHADRON ST6057314
16JEFF BACAUCLA6032305
17JOHN SULLENAUBURN6041336
18CHRIS JACOBSONPITT6020295
19BRADEN HANSENBYU6047308
20JOSH DWORACZYKLSU6060300
21GARTH HEIKKINENMINNESOTA-DULUTH6033320
22LAMAR MADYYOUNGSTOWN ST6023314
23SAM BRENNERUTAH6023307
24THEO GOINSUCF6040317
25EDMUND KUGBILAVALDOSTA ST6050347

 

  • Braeden

    I assume if dallas thomas counts as an OG as well that he would go after cooper and before warford right? and what do you think of the prospect of D.J Fluker as an OG if thats what a team wants to use him as?

  • Bex_R1986

    Garret Gilkey is a guy I really like. I think he’s not just limited to guard either, he has a chance of playing left tackle as well. Absoultely destroys D linemen in the run game and moves really well in pass protect.

    One thing I noticed about J.C. Tretter is he played far too high when you watch his 2011 tape, then you turn on his 2012 tape and his body positioning is markedly improved, getting much better leverage. His improvement shows he’s coachable and has a lot of upside.

    Lane Taylor is a guy I thought looked great coming into the year and he didn’t disappoint. He’s a solid day 3 pick.

    kugbila is a beast at nearly 350 lbs, he’s a bit rough technically but a lot to work with.

    A guy I seem to rate much more highly than most is Adam Smith of Western Kentucky. He’s got great size at 6 5, 325 lbs, and he really excels at pulling out to block in the run game. Other guys I think are under-rated are Eric Herman of Ohio and Josh Kline of Kent State.

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