Top Five Offensive Guards
The 2007 NFL Draft is less than a week away, so THN is taking a look at each position's top five prospects. Up next are the offensive guards:
Name: Ben Grubbs
Weight: 311 pounds
Possesses a unique blend of power and athleticism. Played 32 games at guard for Auburn after being converted from a defensive lineman to a tight end, and then to a guard. He's not only the top guard in the draft, but one of the elite linemen. He won't have to wait long to hear his name called on Saturday, he should go in the top half of the first round.
Name: Arron Sears
Weight: 319 pounds
It's tough to rank Sears because though he played twenty-six games at left tackle and six at right tackle for Tennessee, he will probably move inside in the NFL because of his size. Great against both the pass and the run, he'll excel somewhere. He should be drafted late in the first round or early in the second.
Name: Justin Blalock
Weight: 320 pounds
Blalock will probably move inside at the NFL level because of his foot speed. Somebody will make good use of a guy that went 27 straight games without allowing a sack. Being prospected as a guard will likely drop Blalock out of the first round and into the second.
Name: Joshua Beekman
School: Boston College
Weight: 313 pounds
Smallish guard that may end up playing center in the NFL because of his size and limited agility. Again, tough to find fault in a guy that didn't allow a sack in 36 games. He's a great run blocker with tremendous strength, but he struggles once he starts moving. He also had a tough combine, and Senior Bowl. He should still hear his name called on the first day.
Name: Andy Alleman
Weight: 305 pounds
Alleman may present teams with a bit of a project, but he has tremendous up-side. The workout warrior lit up the NFL Combine and firmly established himself as a legitimate top offensive line prospect by showing both strength and agility. He's a third or fourth round player that someone with a need at guard, may like enough to take before that.
Check out more at THN's exclusive 2007 NFL Draft section.
This article was released on 2007-04-26.
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