G Rankings 2017 NFL Guard Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky: Round 2, 2. Dan Feeney, G, Indiana: Round 2, 3. Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh: Round 3, 4. Isaac Asiata, G, Utah: Round 3, 5. Dion Dawkins, G, Temple: Round 4, 6. Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State: Round 4, 7. Greg Pyke, G, Georgia: Round 5, 8. Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown: Round 5, 9. Corey Levin, G, Chattanooga: Round 5, 10. Kareem Are, G, Florida State: Round 5, 11. Damien Mama, G, USC: Round 6, 12. Caleb Peterson, G, North Carolina: Round 6, 13. Alex Kozan, G, Auburn: Round 7, 14. Chris Taylor, G, Tulane: Round 7, 15. Johnny Caspers, G, Stanford: Round 7


2017 NFL Draft: Guard Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: February 4, 2016.



  1. Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 305 lb Forrest Lamp can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively on the offensive line. Lamp may be the most complete guard in the 2017 NFL Draft. Lamp only allowed 1 sack in two seasons to Jonathan Allen, but his sack that he gave up was due to the quarterback holding onto the ball too long. Lamp did a good job giving the quarterback additional time.


    Forrest Lamp SWOT Report

    Strengths: Forrest Lamp played left tackle and right tackle in High School before converting to left tackle at Western Kentucky. Lamp also took snaps at center for Western Kentucky in practice and played his first three games at left guard going from right tackle in high school to left guard in college to left tackle at Western Kentucky. Lamp is versatile enough to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle on the offensive line.


    Lamp has the pass blocking, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork you want a starting offensive lineman to have. That's why many thought Lamp had an outside shot at the first round with a strong 2017 Senior Bowl Week in Mobile.


    Weaknesses: Pass blocking strength and short arms are the only things that keep Lamp from being a complete offensive lineman that could play offensive tackle. Those two weaknesses probably force him inside to guard or center.


    Opportunities: 20. Denver Broncos, 27. Kansas City Chiefs, 29. Green Bay Packers, 35. Jacksonville Jaguars, and 49. Washington Redskins. Forrest Lamp is a first to second round prospect. The reality is he's a second round talent, but he may get pushed into the first round due to the lack of a demand at the guard position.


    Threats: Many scouts were extremely impressed with Forrest Lamp in Mobile until an ankle injury on Day 1 of the 2017 Senior Bowl practices kept him out the rest of the week. The only thing that may be a threat to Lamp's first round status and him possibly being the top guard drafted is that injury.



    Before 2016

    Forrest Lamp began his career at left guard after being a right tackle in High School. He moved over to left tackle. Forrest Lamp allowed no sacks with Brandon Doughty as his quarterback in 2015. If Lamp can do the same without Doughty he will shoot up boards.




  2. Dan Feeney, G, Indiana Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 304 lb Dan Feeney can pass block, run block, or zone block like a starting NFL guard. Look for Feeney to be a starting right guard in the NFL since he can pull block, cut block, and pancake block as well as understand necessary blocking schemes.


    Feeney has the run blocking strength and run blocking footwork you covet. Feeney is a pretty complete guard and a starter at the NFL level even though his pass blocking strength and pass blocking footwork could improve slightly. Feeney played at both right guard and right tackle in 2016. Feeney won a lot of blocks against Malik McDowell on tape which is why he still has a slight edge over Dorian Johnson as the top guard in this group after Forrest Lamp.


    Dan Feeney SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dan Feeney has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you want your starting right guard to have. He also pull blocks and cut blocks well.


    Dan Feeney showed the versatility to play center, right guard, or right tackle in Mobile. That may make him the first guard drafted in 2017.


    Weaknesses: Dan Feeney missed the first four games with a concussion. Despite dominating in Mobile, he didn't show he could be as versatile as Forrest Lamp.


    Opportunities: 27. Kansas City Chiefs, 29. Green Bay Packers, 42. New Orleans Saints, 48. Indianapolis Colts, and 51. Denver Broncos. Dan Feeney is a first to second round prospect. The reality is he's a second round talent, but he may get pushed into the first round if Forrest Lamp gets picked earlier than expected.


    Threats: Many scouts were extremely impressed with Dan Feeney. I believe Feeney could still realistically end up being the first guard drafted.



    Before 2016

    Dan Feeney pass blocked for quarterback Nate Sudfield and run blocked running back Tevin Coleman in 2014. Feeney continued to protect Sudfield on passing plays in 2015 while opening up running lanes for Jordan Howard in 2015.


    Feeney has the blocking strength and footwork to start at guard in the NFL. Feeney may be the most complete pure right guard I've seen on tape since Kevin Zeitler coming out of Wisconsin in 2012.


    Dan Feeney is a second round prospect right now. Feeney can be a first round pick if he gets invited to the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. I believe this because some coaches in Mobile may try Feeney at left guard or center to see how versatile he is.




  3. Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-5 300 lb left guard has great footwork. Johnson is the closest thing to a complete left guard in the 2017 NFL Draft at this point.


    Dorian Johnson had a solid, but not spectacular game against Villanova. Dorian Johnson showcased his pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. He's still considered the top overall left guard in the FBS.


    Dorian Johnson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dorian Johnson has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you want your starting left guard to have.


    Dorian Johnson is a natural fit at left guard. He has long arms and perhaps the wingspan to move to an offensive tackle role in the NFL. That's how highly teams think of him.


    Weaknesses: Dorian Johnson is a pretty complete left guard with no weaknesses to his game. Getting injured in the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl raises potential durability concerns.


    Opportunities: 61. Green Bay Packers, 68. Jacksonville Jaguars, 82. Denver Broncos, 83. Tennessee Titans, and 84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dorian Johnson is a second to third round prospect. This day 2 pick should go in the third round and may sneak into the second round. If Johnson dominates the 2017 NFL Combine and Lamp plus Feeney both get picked in the first round, I could even see Dorian Johnson getting picked at 29 due to the demand for the top 3 guards in Lamp, Feeney, and Johnson. There is quite a drop off after those three guards and Utah's Isaac Asiata.


    Threats: The only threat to Johnson's draft stock is a poor combine or him missing the 2017 NFL Combine due to his injury from the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Those are the only two threats to Johnson's stock after he missed the 2017 Senior Bowl.



    Before 2016

    Dorian Johnson played right tackle in High School before committing to Pittsburgh. Johnson became the first true freshman to start on Pittsburgh's offensive line since 2006.


    Johnson started 1 game at left tackle and 1 game at right guard at right guard as a true freshman in 2013. He moved to left guard in 2014 and has not missed a start at left guard in the past two years.


    I initially viewed Dorian Johnson as a pure left guard. Johnson has a lot more versatility than I realized and scouts will want to confirm that versatility if Johnsn gets an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Johnson could rise up boards if he can confirm that versatility just like Dan Feeney.




  4. Isaac Asiata, G, Utah Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 325 lb Isaac Asiata comes in at 6 on this list. This is mainly due to his versatility plus his run blocking. Asiata weighed 334 lbs heading into the season, but lost 8 lbs and gained more muscle in the offseason.


    Isaac Asiata failed to show the pass blocking footwork you look for in a starting guard. Defenders got by him on some plays, but he didn't give up a sack. Asiata reminds me a little bit of Jeremiah Poutasi.


    Isaac Asiata moved to center after J.J. Dielman got injured. Asiata has improved as a communicator and now has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard. That will get the 6-3 325 lb left guard drafted in the first two rounds.


    Isaac Asiata SWOT Report

    Strengths: Isaac Asiata has the pass blocking, run blocking, pass blocking strength, and run blocking strength. Asiata is versatile enough to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle on the offensive line.


    Weaknesses: Isaac Asiata has short arms and terrible footwork. He struggles to keep his back straight at times. Asiata also got injured during the 2017 Senior Bowl.


    Opportunities: 61. Green Bay Packers, 65. Cleveland Browns, 66. San Francisco 49ers, 83. Tennessee Titans, and 85. Minnesota Vikings with the Dolphins third round pick. Isaac Asiata is a second to third round prospect. This day 2 pick should go in the third round and may sneak into the second round. There is a huge drop off in guard talent after Isaac Asiata.


    Threats: The injury that caused Isaac Asiata to miss practice during the 2017 Senior Bowl is the only threat to Isaac Asiata.



    Before 2016

    Isaac Asiata redshirted in 2011. He was on a Church mission in 2012 so Asiata didn't really become a freshman redshirt until 2013 thanks to his church mission. Thanks to this loophole and courageous act, Asiata is granted a sixth year at Utah.


    Asiata began 2013 at right tackle. It didn't go too well so in 2014 Utah decided to put him at both left guard and right guard.


    Asiata moved to left guard in 2015 as a full-time position. Asiata was horrendous against California, but he dominated against BYU even without Devontae Booker.


    I still have Isaac Asiata as my sixth best guard. Asiata comes across as just a pure run blocker despite having the versatility to play right tackle left guard, or right guard. That may drop him to a Day 3 pick, but right now I do have him as a third round guard getting picked in the compensation part of the late third round.




  5. Dion Dawkins, G, Temple Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 317 lb Dion Dawkins has been an awesome run blocker for Jahad Thomas. Dawkins will probably be a backup left tackle in the NFL.


    Dion Dawkins got outplayed by Army's tremendous pass rush. Army 's defense kept Temple to 163 passing yards and 83 rushing yards. Dawkins struggled a lot in this game and went from a sixth round prospect to a seventh round prospect.


    Dion Dawkins is a backup left tackle. He's a great run blocker, but looks like either a right tackle or a guard. I see Dawkins as someone who would be a backup offensive tackle in the NFL since he struggled without Jahad Thomas against Army with Dawkins still having issues with footwork.


    Dion Dawkins did better for Temple down the stretch. He's still more likely to kick inside to guard in the NFL despite improving his stock down the stretch.


    Dion Dawkins SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dion Dawkins has the run blocking and run blocking strength to be a right guard. Run blocking is the only thing I really like about Dawkins on tape.


    Weaknesses: Dion Dawkins lacks the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, or run blocking footwork. That limits him to a right guard role.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Dion Dawkins in the fourth round. I could see a team like the Atlanta Falcons taking him at the end of the third round.


    Threats: Dion Dawkins really struggled in Mobile. That limits him to a backup role.



    Before 2016

    Dion Dawkins won the starting left tackle job even with a broken foot. This man knows how to battle through adversity. He did face an assault trial prior to 2015, but was never convicted.


    Jahad Thomas had 822 of his 1,262 rushing yards in Temple's first seven games. Dion Dawkins play at left tackle was a huge reason why.




  6. Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 326 lb Nico Siragusa is one of the best run blockers in the 2017 NFL Draft. You can easily argue that he's a future starting left guard.


    Nico Siargusa did an awesome job pass blocking and run blocking. He corrected his issues that he had with pass blocking strength. Now he just needs to correct his concerns with pass blocking footwork and zone blocking so he can move up the boards.


    Nico Siargusa SWOT Report

    Strengths: Nico Siragusa has the run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to be a left guard. Siragusa dominates with cut blocks.


    Weaknesses: Lacks the pass blocking footwork or zone blocking you want in a guard. He also lacks awareness and only chop blocks well against smaller defenders.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Nico Siragusa. I have a fourth round grade on Siragusa.


    Threats: Nico Siragusa got injured in Mobile. That injury along with his lack of awareness at times may keep him from reaching his potential as a starting left guard.



    Before 2016

    Nico Siragusa is a phenomenal run blocker with run blocking strength and run blocking footwork. Lacks pass blocking strength and pass blocking footwork to succeed in the NFL. He has the cut blocking down, but struggles with zone blocking.


    Siragusa may be a solid starter in a run blocking scheme. Unless he corrects his issues with pass blocking and zone blocking, he's going to be a borderline starter rather than reach his potential as a great starter.




  7. Greg Pyke, G, Georgia Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-6 313 lb Greg Pyke is moving from right guard to right tackle. Pyke is a great run blocking guard, but he does not have the footwork to be an offensive tackle in the NFL so I have trouble understanding this move.


    Pyke did an awesome job run blocking at right tackle. He didn't show the footwork to play in pass protection though and that leads me to believe he will move to right guard in the NFL.


    Greg Pyke SWOT Report

    Strengths: Greg Pyke has the run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to be a right guard in the NFL. Played right guard and right tackle at Georgia.


    Weaknesses: Lacks the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork or zone blocking you want in a guard. He also lacks awareness and only chop blocks well against smaller defenders.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Greg Pyke. I have a fifth round grade on Pyke.


    Threats: I have a fifth round grade on Pyke since he didn't play in Mobile. He's barely ahead of the next player on our list that did play in Mobile.



    Before 2016

    Greg Pyke blocked for Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and Keith Marshall during his tenure at Georgia. Pyke is a fantastic run blocker, but does not have the footwork you want in passing situations which is why I see him staying at guard in the NFL even if he plays right tackle for Georgia in 2016.




  8. Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 313 lb Jordan Morgan was a left tackle at Kutztown. Morgan played well enough to earn an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl.


    Jordan Morgan SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jordan Morgan can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively. Morgan has excellent technique. Lined up at left tackle at Kutztown before moving over to left guard during the 2017 Senior Bowl.


    Weaknesses: Struggles to maintain blocks in pass protection. Faced weaker players at the Division II level. That is why he's a left guard at best in the NFL.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Jordan Morgan. I have a fifth round grade on Morgan.


    Threats: Jordan Morgan can be an effective left guard. Right now he's a quality backup left guard. He may develop into a starter if he goes to a team with a veteran to learn behind from while he corrects his hand placement. Right now Morgan is a backup and the only threat to his career is going to a team that will start him right away.



    Before 2016

    Jordan Morgan has started every year at Kutztown since his freshman season. Morgan heads into his senior season in 2016.




  9. Corey Levin, G, Chattanooga Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 307 lb Corey Levin has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking to start at left guard. Levin played left tackle at Chattanooga, but its much more likely he plays guard in the NFL.


    Corey Levin was flawless in Chattanooga's 66-0 win. He set up plays pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Levin is a future starter.


    Corey Levin SWOT Report

    Strengths: Corey Levin can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively. Levin has excellent technique. Levin played left tackle and left guard at Chattanooga.


    Weaknesses: Corey Levin played at the FCS level. Pass blocking footwork is a huge issue with him.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Corey Levin. I have a fifth round grade on Levin.


    Threats: Corey Levin can be an effective left guard. Right now he's a quality backup left guard. He may develop into a starter if he goes to a team with a veteran to learn behind from while he corrects his pass blocking footwork. Right now Levin is a backup and the only threat to his career is going to a team that will start him right away.



    Before 2016

    Corey Levin redshirted in 2012. He played left tackle right away in 2013 as a freshman redshirt starting every game.


    Levin started 2014 at left tackle, but he eventually moved to left guard. The same could be said for Corey Levin in 2015.


    I'm not sure if Levin plays left tackle or left guard as a senior in 2016. I do think Levin will will play left guard in the NFL though.




  10. Kareem Are, G, Florida State Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap Kareem Are came in at 6-6 334 lbs. He lost 9 lbs and has added some muscle weight to weigh in at 325. Are has done an excellent job conditioning himself, and will likely end up playing in the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama if he has another strong season in 2016.


    Kareem Are played better than left tackle Roderick Johnson. He still struggled at times on tape, but is talented enough to get picked in the first three rounds.


    Kareem Are SWOT Report

    Strengths: Kareem Are can run block effectively. Are is an okay pass blocker, but lacks the pass blocking footwork to maintain blocks. Run blocking strength and run blocking footwork are two assets with Are.


    Weaknesses: Pass blocking footwork is a huge issue with him. Are also needs to lose 5-10 lbs before the 2017 NFL Combine.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Kareem Are. I have a fifth round grade on Are.


    Threats: I see Kareem Are as a backup left guard for depth. I doubt Are develops into an effective starter in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Kareem Are played left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle at Fort Scott Community College. He enrolled at Florida State in January, 2014 right after Florida State defeated Auburn in the 2014 BCS Championship Game.


    Are redshirted in 2014. He took over for Josiah Matias in 2015 at left guard playing next to Roderick Johnson.


    Are did an awesome job run blocking for Dalvin Cook. He seems like he has the zone blocking and footwork to be an effective guard.


    His pass blocking is good, but not great. Despite this, Are has tools to be a starting guard in the NFL.




  11. Damien Mama, G, USC Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 325 lb Damien Mama enters his junior season. I think Mama should return to school, but may end up declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Damien Mama struggled against Alabama. He needs to do better in 2016 from this point forward or consider returning for his senior season at USC.


    Damien Mama SWOT Report

    Strengths: Damien Mama got off to a rough start. He played better as the year progressed. Durability and size are his two biggest strengths.


    Weaknesses: Damien Mama has a lot of weaknesses on tape. Mama has the physical tools to start, but the technique and intangibles need to develop.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Damien Mama. I have a sixth round grade on Mama.


    Threats: I see Damien Mama as a backup left guard for depth. I doubt Mama develops into an effective starter in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Damien Mama played both guard positions as a freshman in 2014. He became a full-time starter at left guard in 2015 where he pass protected for quarterback Cody Kessler and run blocked for running back Tre Madden.




  12. Caleb Peterson, G, North Carolina Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 300 lb Caleb Peterson is a three year starter at left guard. Peterson is someone I can see playing in the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.


    Caleb Peterson is better at run blocking than pass blocking. I still feel like he needs to get stronger in 2016.


    Caleb Peterson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Caleb Peterson has good intangibles and technique on tape. He seems like an ideal blocker.


    Weaknesses: Caleb Peterson showed why lots of NFL Scouts had questions about his strength. Zone blocking was a question and durability was finally an issue for Peterson in 2016.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Caleb Peterson. I have a sixth round grade on Peterson.


    Threats: I see Caleb Peterson as a backup left guard for depth. I doubt Peterson develops into an effective starter in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Caleb Peterson redshirted in 2012. He's remained the starter at left guard in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Peterson can a pass block and run block. His zone blocking could use more developing, but I believe Peterson can start if he improves his footwork.




  13. Alex Kozan, G, Auburn Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 310 lb Alex Kozan could be a sleeper in 2016. Auburn's left guard has a lot to offer.


    Alex Kozan struggled. He had problems with Carlos Watkins on some plays.


    Alex Kozan SWOT Report

    Strengths: Alex Kozan has good intangibles and technique on tape. He seems like an ideal blocker.


    Weaknesses: Kozan's heavy feet and lack of strength really hurts him. Kozan is probably a backup at best.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Alex Kozan. I have a seventh round grade on Kozan.


    Threats: I see Alex Kozan as a backup left guard for depth. I doubt Kozan develops into an effective starter in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Alex Kozan redshirted in 2012. He started every game in 2013 paving the way for Tre Mason next to Greg Robinson at left guard, but missed 2014 with an injury. Kozan made a full recovery while perfecting his pass blocking and zone blocking as well as his run blocking.


    Kozan has the blocking strength and footwork to be a starting guard in the NFL. Kozan may be the one sleeper among the guards that can developing into an immediate starter despite being a Day 3 prospect.




  14. Chris Taylor, G, Tulane Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 325 lb Chris Taylor is a three year starter at right guard. Chris Taylor has a strong chance to make the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama with a strong senior season.


    Tulane had 280 total yards on offense with 136 passing yards and 144 rushing yards. Taylor was the only player on Tulane's offense that played well in their 7-3 loss to Wake Forest.


    Chris Taylor SWOT Report

    Strengths: Chris Taylor is a dominant run blocker with the run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. Kozan is very durable as well.


    Weaknesses: Chris Taylor's pass blocking, pass blocking strength, and pass blocking footwork needs work. Taylor is probably an NFL backup.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Chris Taylor. I have a seventh round grade on Taylor.


    Threats: I see Chris Taylor as a backup right guard for depth. I doubt Taylor develops into an effective starter in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Chris Taylor is mainly a run blocker that is a pure right guard only. He started 4 games in 2013 before starting every game at right guard in 2014 and 2015. The rest of his blocking needs work.




  15. Johnny Caspers, G, Stanford Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 297 lb Johnny Caspers may have the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard in the NFL. Caspers was mainly a right guard for Stanford in 2015.


    Johnny Caspers helped Stanford's quarterback get 167 passing yards. Stanford's 4 running backs combined for 105 total rushing yards, but Christian McCaffrey had 126 rushing yards alone. That speaks volumes about Stanford's running game like that McCaffrey is a remarkable running back and Caspers is an average guard.


    Johnny Caspers SWOT Report

    Strengths: Johnny Caspers has the pass blocking, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you want. Caspers also possesses the versatility to play anywhere on the offensive line at left guard, center, or right guard.


    Weaknesses: Johnny Caspers isn't the most consistent blocker. His pass blocking strength still needs work.


    Opportunities: I have a day 3 grade on Johnny Caspers. I have a seventh round grade on Caspers.


    Threats: I see Johnny Caspers as a backup interior for depth. I doubt Caspers develops into an effective starter in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Johnny Caspers is an excellent pass blocker with outstanding zone blocking and versatility. His run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork need work in 2016.







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