Interior OL: Best, Sleeper, Overrated

Scouts weigh in on the interior offensive line with the best prospect, sleeper and most overrated of this class.

Here is a closer look at the centers and guards, compiled from conversations with scouts and the NFL's longtime lead scout, Dave-Te' Thomas.

Best in class

G Chance Warmack, Alabama (6-2, 317): Figures to go in the top five. Former three-star recruit was a unanimous first-team all-SEC and first-team All-American. He made 39 career starts, all at left guard. Extraordinary power and a finisher, and a big reason why the Crimson Tide might have three consecutive running backs go in the first round. in 40 career starts, he blocked for 25 100-yard rushers, and tallied 40 pancake blocks as a senior. He did allow 3.5 sacks in 2012. "He's just so strong. He's got a great punch that just jolts the (crap) out of the defender, and once he gets his hands on you, it's over."


G Alvin Bailey, Arkansas (6-3, 312): A midround prospect who came out early despite a mediocre junior campaign. He started 38 consecutive games at guard. He was a freshman All-American and second-team all-conference as a sophomore but didn't receive any accolades this year. "Alvin could have been a second-rounder but Alvin basically played Blue Oyster Cult, ‘Going Through the Motions,'" Thomas said.


G Ryan Jensen, Colorado State-Pueblo (6-4, 306): Jensen was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, which goes to Division II's top lineman (offense or defense). Played left tackle for four seasons, though he played center in high school. Put up 30 reps at pro day. "I like this kid an awful lot," Thomas said. "He reminds me of Jake Scott that played in the NFL (and started 128 games for the Colts and Titans). I like him more as an offensive guard; he did play out at left tackle and he does have some experience at right. I like his trap-blocking ability, I like his footwork and, especially, I like his hand usage. Very combative, especially when taking on multiple defenders. He may be the the best offensive lineman below the 1-AA level. I see him probably around the fifth round."

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