2012 NFL Offensive Guard Prospects

Posted by Brad On July – 11 – 2011

"David DeCastro, top 2012 NFL offensive guard prospects"The offensive guard position is the least sexiest position in the game.  Guards don’t get the recognition or pay of a tackle or the responsibilities of centers.  You won’t find many youngsters getting ready for pee-wee football saying “hey coach, I really want to be like Steve Hutchinson, so play me at guard.”

That said, the 2012 NFL offensive guard prospects may be the most underrated and definitely undervalued groups in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Leading the way in a strong group of guards will be David DeCastro.  He along with top 2012 NFL offensive tackle prospect, Jonathan Martin form the best left side in college football.  The group gets stronger with a few collegiate tackles sure to move inside in the NFL…Kelechi Osemele, Nate Potter, and Matt Reynolds.

Here’s a look at the 2012 NFL offensive guard prospects:

1.  David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Height: 6’5  Weight: 307

DeCastro is a dominating run blocker that is emerging into a solid pass protector.  If DeCastro can improve his technique as it relates to footwork in the pass game he will be a top 25 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  He is capable of coming in day one and starting for most NFL offensive lines.  The left side of the Stanford line will go quickly in next April’s draft.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  Top 25

2.  Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State

Height: 6’6  Weight: 350

Osemele plays left tackle at Iowa State but will have to move inside to guard or to right tackle in the NFL.  His thrives when he is run blocking and will have to work on his technique in pass protection.  Osemele has the skills to be a first round pick and if he improves on his footwork in pass protection he could wind up being the second guard prospect taken in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  1-2

3.  Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

Height: 6’5  Weight: 320

Glenn is an underrated prospect which I found out by watching a ton of A.J. Green film for preparation of the 2011 NFL Draft.  Glenn is a massive human being that has notched 36 starts for the Bulldogs.  He is a mauler in the run game and has surprising nimble feet for a guy that weighs in at 320.  Glenn would look nice on an AFC North smashmouth run oriented team as he’s the best run blocker amongst the 2012 NFL offensive guard prospects.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  2

4.  Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin

Height: 6’4  Weight: 312

Zeitler is a powerful prospect with solid technique.  Not to mention he made the Academic All Big Ten team.  His combination of size, strength, and smarts will warrant a top 60 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.  If he improves in pass protection he could leapfrog other 2012 NFL offensive guard prospects into the late first, early second round.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  2-3

5.  Nate Potter, G, Boise State

Height: 6’6  Weight:  296

Potter plays left tackle for the Broncos but will have to move inside in the NFL.  Potter struggled against top competition throughout his career at BSU, he will have to prove in 2011 that he can handle the competition.  His athleticism will carry him into 3rd round contention but he will have to improve his strength if he has plans of starting in the NFL.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  3

Best of the rest:

Barrett Jones, G, Alabama

Ryan Miller, G, Colorado

Brandon Washington, G, Miami

Rokevious Watkins, G, South Carolina

Stephen Good, G, Oklahoma

Lucas Nix, G, Pittsburgh

Jaymes Brooks, G, Virginia Tech

Ken Plue, G, Purdue

James Wilson, G, Florida

Joel Foreman, G, Michigan State