2018 NFL Draft: Eric’s Top 5 Interior OL Rankings

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Updated: March 1, 2018
2018 NFL Draft

Here comes the 2018 NFL Draft rankings of the Centers and Guards. Most of these guys can play either guard or center so making a joint list made more sense.

1 Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Nelson is the most polished guard prospect to come out in a while, with the potential to be a pro-bowler from day 1. He showed the ability to overwhelm defensive players as a run-blocker and pass-protector. The Notre Dame product also is one of the safest prospects in the draft class with all-pro potential. He has a good pad level and is aggressive at the point of attack. Nelson has outstanding size, rare power and a good block finisher. Nelson is technically sound and is unlikely to face a long adjustment period once he gets into the league. The only possible knock on him is about some injuries he had in the past. He is the most complete lineman in the 2018 NFL Draft.

2 Billy Price, Ohio State

Price has freaky strength and explosiveness, combined with excellent snap-to-punch quickness and good pad level and you got yourself a top prospect. The Rimington Trophy Winner and All-American has experience as both guard and center, earning rave reviews at both spots. He could improve his footwork and patience to avoid getting beat. Some scouts are worried about his personality.

Will Hernandez, UTEP

Hernandez was a prospect to watch this year and he didn’t disappoint, he assured most scouts after a great week at the Senior Bowl. Hernandez possesses a rare combination of power, balance, and athletic ability. He is an aggressive blocker who plays through the whistle and finishes blocks. Flashes outstanding upper body strength to turn defenders out of the run lane. He has very quick feet and lateral movement. Hernandez at 6’2 is considered a bit short for his position and his arm length is less than ideal.

4 Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

Wynn is very versatile and can play anywhere in the line, he has experience at guard and tackle but projects to be a center in the pros. He has the skillset of a tackle but the size of a guard at 6’2. His plus athleticism allows for quick advantages as a run blocker while his hand strength and footwork help him open running lanes. He is also a good pass protector having covered the blind side without a problem, he also can slide to play tackle if needed, in case of an injury.

James Daniels, Iowa

Daniels is the exactly what you expect out of an Iowa lineman; he is hardworking, humble and a great technician. He has a wide base and very good balance. He is very athletic and flexible and can get easily to the second level to deliver blocks. At 295 pounds, he needs to put on weight to be effective in the NFL.

6) Branden Smith, Auburn

7) Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

8) Sean Welsh, Iowa

9) Austin Corbett, Nevada

10) Bradley Bozeman, Alabama

Honorable mention: Trey Martin, Rice

For more 2018 NFL Draft Rankings check: https://www.couchriderreport.net/2018-nfl-draft-quarterback-rankings-scouting-reports-top-prospects/

Eric Kirschenbaum is a Writer for Couch Rider Report. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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