1) Netane Muti, Fresno State; Ht: 6-3 Wt: 307
Muti isn’t the most technically sound player in the draft but that’s something I’m willing to forgive thanks to his general, jaw-dropping tenacity. Watch any game footage for Netane and you’ll see interior lineman getting mauled snap after snap. Muti is the meanest dude in the draft and his determination to pancake every person who steps in his way makes him my top choice among guards.
2) Ben Bredeson, Michigan; Ht: 6-5 Wt: 325
If Muti weren’t such a wrecker of havoc, Bredeson would easily top this list. He could be a bit quicker in terms of speed like pulling and getting off the line, but overall he looks like a top prospect. His footwork is impeccable and his strength is all there in that large frame. He sees the field well in pass protection and won’t get overwhelmed by strong moves. His ability to get to the second level in run block was also impressive.
3) Robert Hunt, Louisiana-Lafayette; Ht: 6-5 Wt: 322
Another player from a smaller school, Robert Hunt, worked his way up the rankings with good overall fundamentals. Hunt’s extremities serve him well as he uses his hands very well situationally and has good footwork, better than most college players. Hunt’s motor was solid as he pulled well and worked to the second level easily. He also showed great poise in pass protection by keeping a cool head when blitzes came his way.
4) Logan Stenberg, Kentucky; Ht: 6-6 Wt: 322
Stenberg isn’t the best pass protector which is a bit of a concern considering which way the NFL is moving, but he was good enough in other areas to offset those concerns. If you couldn’t tell from his dimensions, Stenberg is a legitimate monster, especially in run block. He repeatedly trucked linemen in every way imaginable and was keen to do the same to whoever was dumb enough to get in his way during screen plays. Perhaps the most important factor about Stenberg, though, is that he understands his blocks. Possessing a deep knowledge of what each player is supposed to be accomplishing is rare and Stenberg is gifted with that trait.
5) Solomon Kindley, Georgia; Ht: 6-4 Wt: 335
There’s a lot of give and take with Kindley, but with a good coach most of his shortcomings can be fixed in the NFL. Kindley is aggressive and loves to attack his blocks. Unfortunately, with that comes a case of lunging at defenders and overrunning blocks in the second level, leaving tacklers unblocked altogether. Kindley was also good in pass protection, picking up well and embracing battles with larger nose tackles, but he was also susceptible to being bull rushed even by smaller players. His speed off the line might offset some of those issues but there is certainly work to be done with Kindley.
6) John Simpson, Clemson; Ht: 6-4 Wt: 330
There’s a lot to like about John Simpson, including an ideal size, but there’s also some issues that might not be able to be fixed. For example Simpson sometimes displays timidity where he needs to be aggressive and gives up a play because of it. Simpson also got bull rushed by smaller players, something that can’t be fixed with more weight. However, there’s a lot to praise Simpson for. His drive is admirable and he always keeps his feet moving. He does a great job in pass pro and handles nose tackles with ease. He also displayed good speed as he’s quick off the line and displayed good lateral and screen movement.
7) Shane Lemeiux, Oregon; Ht: 6-4 Wt: 316
Oregon’s offensive line was one of the best in the country this past season and Lemeiux was a key contributor. He’s a strong blocker in the run and loves to get aggressive with his hitting. He shows off excellent footwork in pass protection and gets good arm extension. However there are some areas in which Lemeiux can improve. To be particular he could be a bit quicker off the line of scrimmage and finish out some plays in which his effort isn’t great.
8) Daishawn Dixon, San Diego State; Ht: 6-5 Wt: 330
Dixon was part of a very good interior line at San Diego State thanks to his huge frame and intelligent play. Dixon did well to drive forward at all times by attacking his blocks and finishing plays. Dixon played very patiently pass protection, scanning the field for blitzes and transitioning well when those blitzes came. The biggest downfalls came in the technical areas where his footwork and balance could have been much better.
9) Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson; Ht: 6-2 Wt: 315
Anchrum partnered with Simpson to give Travis Etienne some of the biggest running holes in college football. He isn’t very large compared to others on this list but he still did well to work with what he has. Anchrum has a great drive in the run game thanks to great footwork and being quick to hit the second level. He’s also efficient at keeping his defender in front of him in pass protection, but a good bull rush will blow Anchrum out of the water.
10) Deonte Brown, Alabama; Ht: 6-4 Wt: 338
Brown is Alabama’s lone contribution at the end of this list but there’s still a lot to like about him. Brown smashed defensive tackles in the run and played extremely well in pass protection, tracking blitzers and moving with pass rushers without lunging. However, when Brown wasn’t facing his target he was beaten often and was sometimes fooled on more complex blitzes. Brown also seems to lack that nastiness that others possess, not attacking defenders in the run or pass.