Last week, I examined the offensive tackles that should be available for the NFL Draft. Today, I examine the guards that should be available draft day; bear in mind that the guard depth isn’t particularly deep and most will probably be drafted in the latter rounds of the draft. Below you’ll see the player’s name, school, a brief narrative of the player and which team, if any, will draft him. Here we go:
1. Branden Albert, Virginia
Has very good size, especially for a center (6’7″, 315). Big wingspan – a positive, especially on pass protection schemes. Provides good push off the snap. Downside for Albert – Height will make it difficult to play low against the better NFL defensive tackles. Has OK speed (5.35 40).
Team likely to draft him: Tennessee (2nd round)
2. Chilo Rachal, USC
Good size (6’5″, 315). Has leadership attributes, good work habits and has very quick feet. Very good explosiveness off the snap. Despite that will only get better. Good speed (5.20 40). Downside for Rachal – may lose concentration on occasion.
Team likely to draft him: Indianapolis (2nd round)
3. Roy Schening, Oregon State
Good size and frame (6’4″, 317). Strong, physical and aggressive. Decent mobility which should serve him well at the NFL level. Durable player with above-average smarts. Good work ethic. Downside for Schening – Not the greatest athlete at the position. Will need work to keep the pad level low. Sometimes plays out of control. Not real explosive off the ball.
Team likely to draft him: Atlanta (3rd round)
4. Drew Radovich, USC
Good size and frame (6’5″, 305). Has decent range which will help him at the NFL level. Above-average strength and toughness. Decent footwork. His forte will be on pass protection. Can play some offensive tackle. Downside for Radovich – Not very athletic. Needs to learn to use his leverage better. Has to utilize his hands better. Not highly dominant.
Team likely to draft him: New Orleans (4th round or later)
5. Heath Benedict, Newberry (Divison II)
The best Division II prospect in the draft. Very good size (6’6″, 328) and speed (5.10 40). Above-average explosiveness off the snap. Does well in the running game due to his great usage of his hands. Can mirror the defender well as he has good agility. Downide for Benedict – Despite his size lacks the strength in his lower body to stave off bull rushes. Plays tall occasionally. Concentration is lacking at times. May have issues in understanding the NFL playbook as he had academic struggles at Newberry.
Team likely to draft him: Miami (3rd round or later)