With the NFL Draft only 11 days away, it's time to finalize the rankings and make some tough decisions on where to rank these prospects. Let's dive into the interior offensive line position, where I give you my top 10 guards and centers and the round I would feel comfortable drafting them.
The 2022 class of interior offensive linemen (guards and centers) has some quality talent, but it's not over-the-top amazing. Zion Johnson (Boston College) has made the jump to the top of my list after a solid season and terrific showings at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine. This ended up being the biggest surprise to me after how impressed I was with the type of player Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa) is. In the draft process, size and length concerns popped up later, but he's still a very solid player.
Putting myself in a general manager's shoes, if I need an offensive lineman, particularly a guard or center, I'm going to put myself in a position to move back and draft Johnson or Linderbaum toward the later teens in the first round and garner more future assets. If I'm sitting at the top of the second round, I would feel very confident Kenyon Green or Darian Kinnard will be there for me to select.
Later on in the draft, I wouldn't mind selecting Jamaree Salyer (Georgia), Dohnovan West (Arizona State) or Cole Strange (Chattanooga) later on Day 2 or early on Day 3. I can feel confident they can be a rotational/developmental piece that can move into a starting role later in their career.
Age: 22.4 | HT: 6030 | WT: 312 | Round Grade: 1
Age: 22.0 | HT: 6021 | WT: 296 | Round Grade: 1
Age: 21.1 | HT: 6037 | WT: 323 | Round Grade: 2
Age: 22.3 | HT: 6050 | WT: 322 | Round Grade: 2
Age: 21.8 | HT: 6030 | WT: 321 | Round Grade: 3
Age: 20.9 | HT: 6030 | WT: 296 | Round Grade: 3
Age: 23.7 | HT: 6050 | WT: 307 | Round Grade: 4
Age: 22.6 | HT: 6060 | WT: 328 | Round Grade: 4
Age: 22.7 | HT: 6030 | WT: 311 | Round Grade: 4
Age: 23.2 | HT: 6030 | WT: 307 | Round Grade: 5