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 Oct. 13, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
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

2020 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. Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 335.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    10/13/18: Ford is the starting right tackle for the Sooners, but sources say that he projects to being a guard in the NFL. He is thick blocker with good bulk for the next level. Scouts who have been through Oklahoma say that Ford is an outstanding athlete for his size. He's playing right tackle now, but as a pro, they think he will project well as a guard.

    Ford earned a starting spot in 2016 before a broken leg ended his season early. He played banged up in 2017, but was an effective blocker for Baker Mayfield and Rodney Anderson during the Sooners' run to the college football playoff. As a senior, Ford is taking his play to another level. Sources say that right now they could see him being a high second-rounder, but moving up and grading out in the first round is possible.






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

    10/13/18: Wisconsin has rolled over some weak opponents in the early going, and Deiter has yet to be tested by an elite interior rusher. He has been a good run blocker and steady in pass protection. The Badgers have Deiter starting at left guard this year, and playing guard is the right position for him.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Deiter checks in at 6-foot-4, 322 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.35 seconds. His arms measure at 32.63 inches, his hands at 11 inches, and his wing span at 78.5 inches. His lack of length, short arms, and athleticism make him a better fit at guard in the NFL.

    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 in this analyst's opinion, he definitely would 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 if he plays tackle. 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 wise 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.


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

    10/13/18: In speaking to multiple sources, Lindstrom has impressed them with from seeing him in person and on tape. They feel he has the look of a NFL starter. Lindstrom goes under the radar, but he is a really good blocker, and quickly one can tell that he is a pro-caliber offensive lineman. Lindstrom plays with good leverage and shows some heavy hands to manipulate defenders. While Lindstrom looks well put together, he shows some quickness to the second level and is more athletic than one would think from the eye ball test. In the pass rush, Lindstrom uses his hands well with good placement and sustains his block. As a player, Lindstrom reminds me of Chicago Bears' Cody Whitehair. In the second or third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Lindstrom would be a good fit and maybe a plug-and-play starter.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Lindstrom checks in at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.10 seconds. His arms measure at 34.13 inches, his hands at 9.5 inches, and his wing span at 81.75 inches.

    Lindstrom 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- to fourth-round prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft entering the 2018 season, plus they have him listed as a tackle. Given his height, Lindstrom would be an undersized tackle.


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

    10/13/18: Jordan has moved to center this season, and he has played well there in the early going while not often being tested by good talent. If Jordan proves to be a good starter at center this season, that will really improve his value for the NFL and could push his draft grade up. In speaking with sources, they see Jordan as a potential second-day pick. However, some scouts who have been through Ohio State tell me that they think Jordan is unlikely to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Jordan checks in at 6-foot-6, 312 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.20 seconds. His arms measure at 34.63 inches, his hands at 10.25 inches, and his wing span at 84 inches. He has excellent size and length for guard, and his measureables would fit as a tackle.

    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.




  5. Erik McCoy*, G/C, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/13/18: McCoy has played well for Texas A&M. Depending on the team that drafts him, he could be a plug-and-play starter, but it would be ideal for him to be a backup and get stronger before being a starter. McCoy has strong hands and is able to control defenders when he latches on them. He has decent feel and awareness, plus is athletic. In the ground game, McCoy is not a powerful pile mover and does not generate a lot of movement in the run game. Hence, he should add more functional strength for the NFL.

    8/28/18: McCoy started at guard and center for the Aggies during the 2017 season after being the starter at center during his freshman year. McCoy has good size to him, and his run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. For the NFL, he could fit as a guard or a center.


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

    10/13/18: Gray missed the start of the season due to his continued recovery from offseason surgery. He has returned to the field, but it would help him if he is able to play in the Senior Bowl or East-West Shrine.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Gray checks in at 6-foot-4, 336 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.25 seconds. Other data has his measurements as 33.63-inch arms, 10-inch hands, and an 82.5-inch wing span.

    Gray was Maryland's starter at left tackle in 2017 and did a solid job on the blind side. He 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 have him as a candidate to graded for the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft entering the 2018 season.






  7. Lukayus McNeil, G, Louisville
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 335.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    10/13/18: McNeil was unimpressive in the Week 1 game against Alabama, but has played better since then.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, McNeil checks in at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.40 seconds. His arms measure at 36.5 inches, his hands at 10.88 inches, and his wing span at 87.5 inches.

    The Louisville offensive line underwhelmed during the 2017 season, but McNeil was the exception as 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 for the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft, according to team sources.


  8. Darryl Williams*, G/C, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    10/13/18: The Bulldogs have run well to start the season, and Williams has been a big part of that. He should return for his senior year and move to center.

    8/9/2018: Williams had an impressive sophomore season and was one of the best guards in the SEC. He started at left guard and was a tough run blocker while being a steady pass protector. Elgton Jenkins is the Bulldogs' starting center, but once Jenkins moves on to the NFL, Williams could move to the middle. His size and lack of height would translate better to center as a pro rather than staying at guard.


  9. Max Scharping, G/OT, Northern Illinois
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    10/13/18: Northern Illinois has lost to some good opponents so far this season, but Scharping is playing well.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Scharping checks in at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.25 seconds. His arms measure at 33.5 inches, his hands at 9.88 inches, and his wing span at 80 inches.

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

    10/13/18: Pierschbacher has blocked well for Alabama in 2018, but he also hasn't been tested by a good opponent yet. Sources are lukewarm on Pierschbacher and see him as a mid-rounder.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Pierschbacher checks in at 6-foot-3, 297 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.34 seconds. His measurements include 32.53-inch arms, 9.88-inch hands, and an 80-inch wing span.

    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.


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

    10/13/18: Benzschawel was unimpressive against BYU, but he has generally been a good blocker in the ground game for the Badgers.

    8/28/18: 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. Alex Bars, G/OT, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/13/18: Bars went out for the season with an ACL/MCL injury.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Barr checks in at 6-foot-5, 318 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.30 seconds. Other data puts his arms at 32.63 inches, his hands at 9.13 inches, and his wing span at 79.63 inches. Bars' short arms would suggest that he is a better fit for guard in the NFL.

    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 in 2018 if Bars is taking over at left guard as the replacement for Quenton Nelson. 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.


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

    10/13/18: Herbig is the best blocker on the Cardinal offensive line. He played well against USC in Week 2. Herbig was dominated by and really struggled against Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

    8/28/18: 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 his draft grade.




  14. Malcolm Pridgeon, G, Ohio State
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/13/18: Team sources say that Pridgeon is a Day 3 talent, yet one who could be a nice later-round pick who ends up being a quality value. They like how Pridgeon has played this year. He has blocked well in the ground game and has been reliable in pass protection.


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

    10/13/18: Powers has not impressed evaluators and looks like a third-day prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/28/18: 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.


  16. Tommy Kraemer*, G, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 314.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6

    10/13/18: Kraemer has run blocked well this year, but he had some issues in pass protection against Michigan in the season opener.

    8/28/18: Kraemer split the right tackle job with Robert Hainsey last year. Kraemer was the more steady of the two, but Hainsey has more athletic upside. Both Kraemer and Hainsey could make strides now that they have some experience. Kraemer was moved to right guard, and that is where he is slated to start in 2018.


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

    10/13/18: East Carolina had a mixed start to the season prior to Week 3 being canceled. McGhin has played in five games this year.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

    10/13/18: Krepsz has missed some time with an elbow injury.

    8/28/18: Krepsz is a 3-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.


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

    10/13/18: Bailey was unimpressive against Georgia and Kentucky.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

    10/13/18: Throckmorton is a good college blocker who has been a mainstay on the field for the Ducks with an active streak of over 30 straight starts. He needs to improve his pass protection against speed rushers for the NFL.

    8/28/18: 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.


  21. Hjalte Froholdt, G, Arkansas
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.34.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    10/13/18: Team sources say that Froholdt has not played well this year, and they have given him late-round grades. They say he is a big kid who is tough and has a little strength but is way to stiff for the NFL. They say that Froholdt lacks feel and awareness to be able to play center at the next level. They feel Froholdt will struggle in pass protection in the NFL.


  22. Martez Ivey, G/OT, Florida
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 309.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.15.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/13/18: Ivey is playing left tackle for the Gators, but for the NFL, he should play guard. Ivey was dominated by Kentucky's Josh Allen in Week 2, including Allen beating Ivey for a strip-sack that clinched the road win for the Wildcats. Mississippi State's Montez Sweat also dominated Ivey. Multiple team sources say they feel that Ivey belongs as an undrafted free agent and has received starting spots and playing time based on being a highly rated recruit out of high school rather than actually being a good player.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Ivey checks in at 6-foot-5, 309 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in 5.10 seconds. His arms measure at 36 inches, his hands at 10.13 inches, and his wing span at 86.63 inches.

    During the fall of 2017, sources were really down on Ivey after going through Gainesville. Many thought that Ivey would have to move back to guard, the position that he played as a sophomore and freshman. They didn't think that Ivey could 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 and felt that was generous. However, the advance scouts of other teams liked Ivey enough to include him on their preseason watch list of players who have first- through fourth-round potential for the 2019 NFL Draft. Hence, Ivey is another player who proves beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    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.




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

    10/13/18: Team sources say they are not high on teammate Samia. They feel that he lacks power and is not overly athletic. To have any shot at sticking in the NFL, Samia will have to move to center, but even there he may not translate. Samia was on teams' preseason watch list for having potential to go in the top half of the 2019 NFL Draft, but sources have been disappointed in his play and are projecting him to the late rounds or undrafted ranks.

    8/28/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Samia checks in at 6-foot-5, 297 pounds. He is said to run the 40 in a 5.30 seconds.

    Samia was Oklahoma's 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.


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

    10/13/18: Cotton is a solid college player Alabama, but team sources aren't high on him and say they see him as a third-day prospect, at best.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

    10/13/18: Baker and the Bulldogs have cruised to start the season.

    8/28/18: 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.




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

    10/13/18: Weyler was unimpressive against New Mexico State.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

    10/13/18: Brown and Marshall have run the ball well to start the season.

    8/28/18: 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.


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

2020 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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