.NET 2007 Draft: Guards 6 - 10

Seahawks.NET's Ryan Rigmaiden finishes his series on the top guard prospects available by looking at the guards who fill in the six through ten slots on his draft board. He previews several late-round prospects that could easily be starters if the right team drafts them and they get a chance to ease into their pro careers.

6. Mike Jones, G Iowa 6-5,300 (5.4)

Very experienced – has started since he was a freshman. Started 34 consecutive games. Definitely a blue-collar guy who's scrappy. Can get to the second level on running plays and holds his own in pass protection. Isn't a great athlete, but gets the job done.

Draft Projection and Roster Impact for Seattle

Some scouts will ding him because he isn't flashy, but I see a guy who has a ton of starting experience and gives effort every snap. He's a fourth-round guy on my board, but could go later.

Jones would be a nice option for the Seahawks because he can play either guard position and be an eventual starter. He needs to gain some weight and work on his footwork, but has the capability to earn a backup position immediately.

7. Kurt Quarterman, G Louisville 6-4,335 (5.4)

Impressive size and is a solid athlete. Two-year starter and saw time in 2003 as well. Can move the pile in the running game and has the athleticism you want in pass protection. Quarterman's passion for the game has come into question, but I just see a guy who's inconsistent. Needs to get into better shape.

Draft Projection and Roster Impact for Seattle

Has all the tools to be a very solid pro, but hasn't put it all together. I have him rated as a fourth-round guy because his consistency raises questions. He has first-round ability, but needs to focus better. Quarterman has the ability to start, but would likely need a year to get into better shape.

8. Tim Duckworth, G Auburn 6-3,315 (5.5)

Former defensive lineman isn't the best athlete on the field, but takes care of business nonetheless. Runs slow on the stopwatch, but plays faster and better than he times. Two-year starter who is still learning the position, but has fared well in the SEC.

Draft Projection and Roster Impact for Seattle

Definitely a Day 2 guy that has the ability to be a fine starter at the next level. Will probably need a year to get acclimated to the NFL, but should earn a backup job as a rookie and could start in a pinch. Nice prospect that just needs some time to develop.

9. James Marten, G/T Boston College 6-7,300 (5.3)

Played tackle for the Eagles, but I project him inside, where he played earlier in his career, because he doesn't have elite feet that an offensive tackle needs. Is absolutely huge, and sometimes plays too high because of it. Is tough and smart.

Draft Projection and Roster Impact for Seattle

Is a Day 2 guy, but should stick with whoever drafts him. His versatility is a bonus, although I just don't see him playing on the outside. Marten works hard and should be a decent pro. He projects as a backup currently, but could work his way into a starting guard spot if he continues working on hand placement and maintains leverage.

10. Julius Wilson, T/G Alabama-Birmingham 6-4,310 (5.2)

I haven't seen one piece of tape on him, but trusted scouts consider him a bit of a sleeper (which is good enough for me at this point). Nice combination of athleticism, size and aggressive nature. Played tackle for the Blazers, but I like him much more inside at guard. Good feet allow him to play tackle in a pinch, but his tenacity and ability inside are intriguing.

Draft Projection and Roster Impact for Seattle

Didn't face elite competition and his stock will suffer from it, but Wilson can play. He's a Day 2 pick that has plenty of versatility and potential. He reminds me of Sean Locklear because of his body style and versatility. The Seahawks would be a nice place for him to land because he could have a year to learn and then have a shot at RG.

To see our other guard previews click on the links below...

Auburn G Ben Grubbs
Boston Colleg G Josh Beekman
Texas G Justin Blalock
Tennessee G Arron Sears
Iowa OT/G Marshal Yanda

As usual, any questions or comments can be sent to rlrigmaiden@hotmail.com. Thanks for taking the time to write in.

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