2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Guards



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 Guards prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated June 9, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Michael Deiter, G/OT, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 328.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/9/18: Deiter was the Badgers' replacement for Ryan Ramczyk at left tackle in 2017 and put together a solid season. He has good size with some athleticism, but he might be a better fit at guard in the NFL. Deiter is going to need to work on his feet and technique to handle NFL speed rushers. He could stand to play with better leverage in the ground game to get more out of his size and weight. If Deiter had entered the 2018 NFL Draft, he would have been more likely to be a second-day pick rather than a first-rounder.

    The Big Ten Championship game illustrated that Deiter was wide to return to Madison for 2018. He was not creating a push in the ground game and was reaching after pass-rushers too often. He seemed to be surprised at the speed of a Ohio State's defensive line. Nick Bosa in particular had success going against Deiter.






  2. Michael Jordan*, G, Ohio State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/9/18: Jordan broke into the starting lineup as a freshman at guard and showed improvement in 2017 as a sophomore. Jordan should keep up the recent tradition of early-round interior line prospects from Ohio State. He has good size to go with strength and athleticism. After gaining experience and developing, Jordan could dominate as a junior and senior to become an early-round pick in his draft class.


  3. Ross Pierschbacher*, G/C, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 297.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.34.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/9/18: Pierschbacher started at left guard and blocked well for Alabama in 2017. He is a tough run blocker who opened a lot of holes for Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and Jalen Hurts in 2016. Pierschbacher has played left guard and center for the Crimson Tide. He is a plus run blocker and should continue to improve as a pass protector. With Bradley Bozeman moving on to the NFL, Pierschbacher will probably move to center as a senior.


  4. Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 297.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/9/18: Samia was the Sooners right guard in 2017 and did a good job of opening holes in the ground while while providing steady pass protection for Baker Mayfield. Samia started at right tackle as a freshman before moving to right guard in his sophomore season. He should gain some weight and add strength to his frame for the NFL.




  5. Derwin Gray, G, Maryland
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 336.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/9/18: Gray was Maryland's starter at left tackle in 2017 and did a solid job on the blind side. Gray has pretty good athleticism for a thick-bodied blocker, and he uses his size to be effective in the ground game. In speaking to team sources, they are projecting Gray to the inside at guard and they have him as a candidate to grade in the first four rounds entering the 2018 season.


  6. Chris Linstrom, G/OT, Boston College
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 307.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/9/18: Linstrom broke into the lineup at guard as a freshman and stayed as the starter at right guard during his sophomore year. Sources from teams have him as a potential first-fourth round prospect entering the 2018 season, plus they have him listed as a tackle. Given his height, Linstrom would be an undersized tackle.


  7. Alex Bars, G/OT, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    6/9/18: Bars has experience starting at right tackle for the Fighting Irish, but he is a better fit on the inside at guard in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if Bars takes over at left guard or left tackle as a replacement for Quenton Nelson or Mike McGlinchey. Bars played well as the starting right guard for Notre Dame in 2017, opening a lot of holes for the team's potent rushing offense. Bars has some size and strength at the point of attack.




  8. Lukayus McNeil, G, Louisville
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 335.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/9/18: The Louisville offensive line underwhelmed during the 2017 season, but McNeil was the exception as he was more the team's most consistent blocker. He has good size to go with athleticism. McNeil has started at tackle and guard, but for the NFL, he projects as fitting best at guard. McNeil is a preseason candidate to grade out in the first four rounds according to team sources.


  9. Max Scharping, G/OT, Northern Illinois
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.32.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    6/9/18: The Huskies right tackle has good size to him and has been a steady blocker for them. NFL sources say they are projecting Scharping to move inside to guard at the next level, but entering his senior year, he is being projected to go in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.


  10. Lester Cotton, G, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.27.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/9/18: Cotton has blocked well for Alabama. He is tough in the ground game, and his run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. If he can improve his pass protection, he could rise. Cotton was in and out of the starting lineup as a sophomore. He also spent time at left guard and right guard for the Crimson Tide. In the games he didn't start, Cotton rotated into the game. As a freshman, he was a backup at tackle. Cotton needs to improve his pass protection, but he has athletic upside to develop if he can lock down a starting spot.




  11. Beau Benzschawel, G, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 321.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/9/18: Benzschawel blocked well for the Badgers in 2017 while also dealing with a leg injury that cost him some time. He is a forceful run blocker who was reliable in pass protection. In 2016, Benzschawel turned in an impressive sophomore season, earning Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. He is a tough run blocker at the point of attack with size. Improving his pass protection for the NFL would help his draft stock. As a freshman in 2015, Benzschawel started half the games at right tackle and started a few at right guard.


  12. Nate Herbig*, G, Stanford
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 350.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/9/18: Herbig is heavy guard who opened a lot of holes for Bryce Love last year. Herbig was an All-Pac-12 First-Team selection for his strong 2017 season. Trimming weight and improving in pass protection would help Herbig's draft grade.


  13. Ben Powers, G, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/9/18: Powers has started mostly at left guard for the Sooners during the past two seasons. He isn't overly dominant in strength or athleticism, but he has been a solid blocker. Powers started out his career in the junior college ranks before transferring to Oklahoma and quickly winning a starting job.




  14. Garrett McGhin, G, East Carolina
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 327.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/9/18: McGhin is a heavy guard who has worked his way into the starting lineup. For the NFL, he would project as more of a right guard in a power-man scheme. McGhin could have some athletic limitations for playing a lot of zone-scheme blocking.


  15. Sean Krepsz, G/C, Nevada
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 325.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/9/18: Krepsz has been a two-year starter for Nevada and has been a solid center. His reliable play at center landed him on the Rimington watch lists in the spring and fall during the 2017 season. Krepsz is big for a center, and his body type would fit well at guard as well.


  16. Zack Bailey, G/OT, South Carolina
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 309.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/9/18: Bailey played guard previously, but was moved to right tackle for 2017 and turned in a quality season for the Gamecocks. He missed multiple games with an ankle injury, but he was a tough run blocker for South Carolina. As a senior, Bailey needs to improve his pass protection. He is a versatile blocker with 15 starts at left guard and three at center. He could start out his NFL career as a swing backup.


  17. Calvin Throckmorton*, G/OT, Oregon
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 290.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.12.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/9/18: Throckmorton started at right tackle and guard for Oregon during the 2017 season. As a redshirt freshman in 2016, he started at right tackle for the Ducks. Throckmorton has some athleticism but needs to gain weight and fill out his frame for the NFL.


  18. Martez Ivey, G/OT, Florida
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.15.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/9/18: During the fall, sources were really down on Ivey after going through Gainesville in 2017. Many thought that Ivey will have to move back to guard, the position that he played as a sophomore and freshman. They don't think that Ivey can play tackle in the NFL, with one source saying that Ivey's feet are terrible to be an edge protector. They were grading Ivey as a late-round pick.

    Ivey was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. He had shoulder surgery after the 2015 season. A lack of strength and poor feet have limited what Ivey has been able to get out his skill set.


  19. Kendall Baker, G, Georgia
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 287.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.27.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/9/18: Baker started at left guard for Georgia in 2017 and opened a lot of holes for the program's talented stable of backs. He needs to get stronger and add weight to his frame to compete in the NFL.


  20. Jared Weyler, G/C, Minnesota
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 296.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/9/18: Weyler has played well for Minnesota at times, but he also has missed a lot of games with injuries over the past couple of years. Weyler needs to gain weight for the NFL and stay healthy as a senior to have a shot at getting drafted.


  21. Levi Brown*, G/C, Marshall
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 296.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    6/9/18: Brown has worked hard to gain weight and is growing into his body. He has been a solid interior offensive lineman who could compete at guard or center.


2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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