NFL Draft: Scouting the Guards

This years guard position offers several quality players with the ability to quickly break into starting line-ups in the NFL. Yet overall there is little depth as the talent immediately thins after the first handful. Here are the scouting reports on the top twelve guards.

Full Name: Max Jean-Gilles School: Georgia Pos: G

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 355 40: 5.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and awarded All-Conference honors every season since. Played both left tackle and guard.

Pos: Big, powerful blocker who dominates the opposition. Quickly gets into blocks, explosive at the point and controls defenders or buries them into the ground. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and jolts defenders with terrific hand punch. Anchors and rarely gives up an inch of room. Plays heads-up football,

Neg: Gets lazy and sloppy at times. Struggles redirecting or adjusting.

Analysis: A dominant blocker with the versatility to be used at several spots, Jean-Gilles has immediate starting potential at the next level. Could reach All-Pro status if he consistently plays to his capabilities.


Full Name: Davin Joseph School: Oklahoma Pos: G

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 311 40: 5.15 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved in with the first unit as a sophomore, then awarded All-Conference and All-Academic honors the past three years.

Pos: Self-motivated, small-area blocker who can be a devastating force. Moves defenders off the line or engulfs them at the point of attack. Outstanding position blocker, keeps his head on a swivel and displays great awareness. Strong in his upper body and jolt defenders with great hand punch.

Neg: Lacks overall quickness, adjustment and blocking range. Not light on his feet. Minimally effective when used at left tackle as a senior.

Analysis: A hard-working blocker with both size and athleticism, Joseph projects well to the next level. Offers potential in several blocking schemes and should break into the starting lineup by the end of his rookie season.


Full Name: Charles Spencer School: Pittsburgh Pos: G

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 352 40: 5.36 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former defensive lineman who moved to the offensive side of the ball as a junior, then proceeded to win All-Conference honors the following two years. Used at left tackle as a senior after playing guard the prior year.

Pos: Big, strong blocker with a good degree of upside. Athletic, plays with leverage and moves opponents off the line. Displays good hand punch, pushes rushers from their angle of attack and works assignments. Effective position blocker on the second level. Patient in pass protection and anchors at the point.

Neg: Lacks blocking range and top footwork. Poorly conditioned and seemingly skates through plays at times.

Analysis: Ever-improving on the offensive line, Spencer made major strides in his game the past two years. Has starting potential at the next level yet must put forth consistent effort and properly condition himself.


Full Name: Taitusi Lutui School: USC Pos: G

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 334 40: 5.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter used at right tackle and guard. All-Conference and All-American choice as a senior.

Pos: Powerful small-area blocker best on the strong side. Quick into blocks, plays with good lean and very strong at the point. Solid position blocker with the ability to turn defenders off the line. Explosive, jolts opponents off the snap and works to finish blocks.

Neg: Lacks adjustment, footwork and does not play with great balance. Struggles moving laterally and heavy-footed in motion.

Analysis: A large blocker who is tough to get around, Lutui has shown consistent signs of progress the past two years. Not as tall as most would like in a strong-side tackle yet has starting potential at the next level.


Full Name: Rob Sims School: Ohio State Pos: G

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 307 40: 5.21 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter at left tackle who moved inside to guard as a senior.

Pos: Athletic blocker coming off a good senior campaign. Quick off the snap, jolts opponents at the point and seals them from the action. Picks up stunts or twists and flashes skill in space.

Neg: Weight-room strong yet not a dominant blocker who finishes the play. Minimal skills in motion. Must make better use of angles.

Analysis: Consistent the past three seasons, Sims benefited from the move to guard as a senior. Must take his game to another level yet holds potential as a back-up.


Full Name: Fred Matua School: USC Pos: G

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 306 40: Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter at right guard. All-Conference selection as a junior.

Pos: Explosive run-blocking lineman who is best in a small area. Quick off the snap, jolts opponents at the point then turns them off the line. Plays with a nasty disposition. Always looking for someone to hit and works well with teammates.

Neg: Lacks footwork in space, does not block with balance and cannot redirect to linebackers on the second level.

Analysis: An arm wrestler who opens holes for the running game, Matua is a solid second-day pick who will flourish in a power running offense.


Full Name: Jason Spitz School: Louisville Pos: G

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 313 40: 5.45 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

Pos: Explosive lineman with starting potential in the NFL. Blocks with solid fundamentals, explosive at the point and moves opponents off the line. Always looking for someone to hit. Effective blocking in motion and stays after assignments.

Neg: Lacks flexibility and displays only average footwork in space.

Analysis: A tenacious yet intelligent blocker, Spitz offers good size as well as growth potential. Could be used in a variety of blocking schemes and offers starting potential.


Full Name: Dan Stevenson School: Notre Dame Pos: G

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 300 40: 5.43 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at the right guard position.

Pos: Hard-working blocker with a good degree of upside potential. Plays with excellent lean, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and anchors at the point. Explosive, jolts defenders and flashes footwork sliding laterally. Plays heads-up football and works well with teammates.

Neg: Marginally strong as a run blocker and rarely gets movement. Not effective on the second level.

Analysis: A good-sized guard with growth potential, Stevenson elevated his play as a senior and could develop into a starting NFL guard as he physically matures.


Full Name: Willie Colon School: Hofstra Pos: G

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 320 40: 5.26 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at offensive tackle named as both an All-Conference and All-American performer after his senior campaign.

Pos: Wide-bodied blocker who plays with excellent fundamentals. Gets leverage on opponents, stays square and anchors at the point of attack. Effectively uses angles and positioning to seal blocks. Fights hard throughout the action and jolts opponents with good hand punch. Nasty, and gets movement from run blocks.

Neg: Not effective far off the line of scrimmage or in motion. Lacks top height and better off inside at guard.

Analysis: A well-built lineman who has consistently improved, Colon performed well the past two seasons. A likely late-round choice, he could eventually develop into a starter at the next level.


Full Name: Adam Stenavich School: Michigan Pos: G

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 310 40: 5.42 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at left tackle position. Awarded All-Conference honors the past two years.

Pos: Strong blocker best in confined quarters. Patient, stays square at the point and effectively uses body positioning and angles to seal the edge. Plays with a wide base, displays footwork in a small area and attacks assignments. Handles opponents once engaged in a block.

Neg: Lacks adjustment and struggles against athletic opponents. Lacks balance, power and is not a true finisher.

Analysis: A student of the game, Stenavich projects inside at guard in the NFL. Possesses the necessary size, growth potential and upside to develop into a starter.


Full Name: Kevin Boothe School: Cornell Pos: G

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 316 40: 5.41 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who's been used at both guard and blind-side tackle. All-League performer who also received All-American mention as a senior.

Pos: Nasty, dominant blocker best in a small area. Works to play with good pad level, fights throughout the action and controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack. Quick into blocks, makes effective use of angles and consistently keeps defenders in front of him. Easily rides oncoming rushers from their angle of attack and fights with his hands throughout the action.

Neg: Lumbers about the field, lacks footwork protecting the edge and bends at the waist. Lacks ability on the second level.

Analysis: An intelligent yet nasty blocker who understands the game, Boothe has been productive in college and has the skills to play at the next level. Best in a system that reduces his area assignments, yet could develop into a starter at the next level.


Full Name: Jahri Evans School: Bloomsburg State Pos: G

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 316 40: 5.30 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at right tackle awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

Pos: Powerful college blocker who projects to guard in the NFL. Plays with good pad level, anchors at the point or drives defenders from the action. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, can slide in space and jolts defenders with good hand punch. Aggressive and opens big holes for the running game.

Neg: Lacks playing balance and is constantly on the ground. Seems overweight and marginally conditioned. Not effective off the line of scrimmage.

Analysis: Possessing outstanding size and playing strength, Evans is a terrific developmental prospect. Needs to take part in an NFL weight training program and refine the details of his game yet could be starting by his second season in the NFL.


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