Vic's picks: Top 5 guards in draft http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/sponsor...7901174531202?
By Vic Carucci
National Editor, NFL.com
(March 21, 2007) -- One man's ranking of the top five offensive guards in the NFL draft:
1. Justin Blalock, Texas
Size (6-foot-3-plus, 320 pounds), strength and outstanding athleticism. ... Plays with good leverage. ... Quickness off the ball. ... Aggressive when blocking for the run. ... Versatility; former tackle who moved inside during his senior year.
Not many for a player who possesses plenty of natural power and athleticism. ... Needs to improve overall technique.
[FONT=verdana] Auburn's Ben Grubbs can play multiple positions -- a plus for many teams.
[/FONT] 2. Ben Grubbs, Auburn
Athleticism and tremendous quickness. ... Does a superb job of pulling on outside runs and is equally effective at pulling and trapping inside. ... Intelligence. ... Versatility; able to play center in a pinch.
Needs to work at playing with greater leverage and balance. ... Could stand improvement in overall techniques.
3. Arron Sears, Tennessee
Size (6-3-plus, 319) and strength. ... Outstanding ability to block for the run. ... Competitiveness. ... Makes good use of arms and hands to keep defenders at bay.
Speed and agility. ... Pass-protection skills. ... Must improve his overall techniques.
4. Mike Jones, Iowa
Size (6-5, 309 pounds) and strength. ... Intelligence. ... Does a good job of recognizing stunts and blitzes. ... Plays with good leverage. ... Consistently holds his own against bull rushers. ... Toughness and competitiveness.
Speed and athleticism.
5. Andy Alleman, Akron
Size (6-4, 305) and strength. ... Solid run-blocker. ... Handles combination blocking well. ... Good instincts. ... Toughness and competitiveness.
Athleticism and quickness.