By Lance Zierlein
April 23, 2013
While tackles get all the shine, the guard class is much deeper in my opinion. I expect a guard to be drafted higher than any time in recent history thanks to a shallow QB class and thanks to the talent of Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack. Tackles like Jake Long, Dallas Thomas and Justin Pugh should make solid NFL tackles. Rounds 4 thru 6 offer good value for teams looking for athletic guards.
The guard class is very shallow, but I like the top three centers quite a bit. Schwenke can play in any scheme and Travis Frederick is a grinder who was well-schooled at Wisconsin.
LZ Favorites - JC Tretter and Eric Kush: Tretter will bump inside to guard, but I really like him. He moves well, is solid in pass protection and would be an outstanding fit for a zone scheme. The fact that he can swing to tackle in an emergency adds to his value. Kush is a little-known center from California, PA. who was injured in the East/West practices so he's flying under the radar. His foot quickness is unreal. He can make reach blocks than some NFL centers can't dream of. He'll probably go in the 5th round.
|Jonathan Cooper||North Carolina||1st|
|Brian Winters||Kent St.||3rd|
|Edward Kugbila||Valdosta St.||3rd/4th|
|Earl Watford||James Madison||3rd/4th|
|Travis Bond||North Carolina||4th|
|Garrett Gilkey||Chadron St.||5th/6th|
|Nik Embernate||San Diego St.||5th/6th|
|David Quessenberry||San Jose St.||5th/6th|
|Ryan Jensen||Co. St.-Pueblo||7th|
|Eric Kush||California (PA)||4th|
|Matt Stankiewitch||Penn St.||6th|
|Braxton Cave||Notre Dame||7th/FA|
|TJ Johnson||South Carolina||7th/FA|
|Joe Madsen||West Virginia||FA|
|Patrick Lewis||Texas A&M||FA|