2022 NFL Draft – Interior Offensive Line Rankings

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2022 NFL Draft Offensive Guard Rankings includes a prospect ranking, a breakdown of scouting for the position, key questions about the position, and a link to learn more-offensive guards –learn more– centers.

Interior Offensive Line Rankings:

  1. Ikem Ekwonu, NC State
  2. Zion Johnson, Boston College
  3. Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
  4. Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
  5. Dohnovan West, Arizona State
  6. Dylan Parham, Memphis
  7. Cameron Jurgens, Nebraska
  8. Jamaree Salyer, Georgia
  9. Cole Strange, UT-Chattanooga
  10. Sean Rhyan, UCLA
  11. Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
  12. Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma
  13. William Dunkle, San Diego State

2022 NFL Draft Offensive Guard Ranking

  • High level guard prospects normally have to have one of two qualities: Exceptional base and power- known as “mauler” or “road grader” in the run game, -or- a rare athletic freak that is versatile, able to play center or guard… sometimes even able to play any position on the line.
  • Strong “base” or “Solid Anchor” good for ability to hold up against NFL pass rush.
  • Hand placement and ability to “lock on” to defenders.
  • Some guards are “pulling guards” but not too common in college, where they take a step back at the snap, slide down the other side of the line and become a lead blocker in the run game.
  • Top guys are normally very physically gifted with big measurables. Mid round guys tend to be more typical build but often have a lot of experience and dependable.
  • How many sacks did they give up?
  • Did they or do they have a strong RB or overall running game behind him?

2022 NFL Draft Center Rankings

  • Can they and have they played guard?
  • They are taller and bigger now because of the shotgun. Worth mentioning because the smaller centers in the draft will have issues with defensive tackles and will need help from a guard to block. Big, long armed centers don’t need help to double team defenders.
  • Smaller centers are perhaps best suited for zone blocking NFL teams.
  • Experience is very important.
  • Did they call blocking assignments? Rare in college, but does happen and is a plus.
  • Any experience snapping besides in the shotgun?
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