Lance Zierlein's OG/C Draft Grades

By Lance Zierlein
April 23, 2013

With the NFL Draft starting on Thursday, Lance Zierlein brings his final Guard/Center draft rankings.

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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.

Guard Rankings

Guard School Round
Jonathan Cooper North Carolina 1st
Chance Warmack Alabama 1st
Justin Pugh Syracuse 2nd
Larry Warford Kentucky 2nd
Dallas Thomas Tennessee 2nd/3rd
Brian Winters Kent St. 3rd
Hugh Thornton Illinois 3rd
Edward Kugbila Valdosta St. 3rd/4th
Earl Watford James Madison 3rd/4th
Travis Bond North Carolina 4th
JC Tretter Cornell 4th
Garrett Gilkey Chadron St. 5th/6th
Nik Embernate San Diego St. 5th/6th
Alvin Bailey Arkansas 5th/6th
David Quessenberry San Jose St. 5th/6th
Jeff Baca UCLA 6th
Eric Herman Ohio 6th
Ryan Jensen Co. St.-Pueblo 7th
Tanner Hawkinson Kansas 7th

Center Rankings

Center School Round
Brian Schwenke California 3rd
Travis Frederick Wisconsin 3rd
Eric Kush California (PA) 4th
Barrett Jones Alabama 4th
Matt Stankiewitch Penn St. 6th
Khaled Holmes USC 6th
Braxton Cave Notre Dame 7th/FA
TJ Johnson South Carolina 7th/FA
Joe Madsen West Virginia FA
Patrick Lewis Texas A&M FA

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