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. Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
  2. Ikem Ekwonu, N.C. State
  3. Cade Mays, Tennessee
  4. Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
  5. Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
  6. Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
  7. Josh Sills, Oklahoma State
  8. Paul Grattan, UCLA
  9. Ed Ingram, LSU
  10. Zion Johnson, Boston College
  11. Colin Newell, Iowa State
  12. Emil Ekiyor, Alabama

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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