2024 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Guard Edition (4/19/24)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL Prospect Rankings: Guard Edition.

Player Comp = *(Playstyle Not Career Projection)

*[Scheme Strength/Ideal Position]

1.) Taliese Fuaga – 6’6″ 324 lbs. (Rodger Saffold)

Fuaga posseses the positional versatility and power to handle interior offensive linemen work.

Fuaga should get his chance at tackle. But if a team has a good right tackle that can’t play guard and a not so good right guard, I could see a scenario where Fuaga could be asked to move inside. If that’s the case, I think he instantly becomes one of the better guards in the league. [Zone-gap/RT-G]

*Honorary #2 and #3 are Troy Fautanu [Zone-gap/T-G-C] and Jordan Morgan [Zone-gap/RT-LT-G-C]. With those two, teams should start them out at tackle then move them if need be. If either of them gets moved to the interior, expect a smooth transition. Player comps as guards: Fautanu – Joel Bitonio. Morgan – La’el Collins.

2.) Mason McCormick – 6’4″ 309 lbs. (Logan Mankins)

McCormick is a high effort and highly graded prospect. He has a good anchor, hand placement and grip strength. Plays with leverage, finish and dexterity.

Level of competition is a concern and his pass set technique could improve.

Starting off Tier 2, McCormick will win with sheer effort as opposed to next level athleticism or flexibility. I’m comfortable with him being the G4 of this draft. [Zone-gap/LG]

3.) Graham Barton – 6’5″ 313 lbs. (Zane Beadles)

Barton wins with effort and cunning. He has good pass block grades and slightly above average run block grades. He has the prototypical interior offensive lineman build.

He’s on the ground too much and I’ve seen him blatantly holding lesser caliber players.

Barton gives you positional flexibility, preferably on the interior. Despite being naturally talented, I think he has a few more tricks of the trade that he could learn that would make him even better. Much like McCormick, he’s worthy of that top guard spot outside of the Fuaga, Fautanu and Morgan trio. [Zone/C-G-T]

4.) Christian Haynes – 6’3″ 317 lbs. (Kevin Dotson)

Haynes is solid. He’s strong for his size. Can move well. Consistent. Has underrated technique and counters. Finishes his blocks. Good pass and run block grades.

He can anchor but it’s a borderline sufficient before he’s overpowered. He’s on the smaller side for guards.

Overall, Haynes should excel in a zone scheme where his physicality on the move will be a superpower as opposed to a gap scheme where he’d be neutralized by bigger players in a vacuum. [Zone-gap/RG]

5.) Cooper Beebe – 6’3″ 322 lbs. (Nate Davis)

Beebe has a wide frame and takes up space. Still moldable. Has pass block power. Strains and anchors. Moves well for his size but still could be faster. Zone proficient.

His overall athleticism and speed are a concern. Level of comp to some degree is as well. To be so big he doesn’t always blatantly move guys that he should. He can play a bit average vs. better competition. He’s somewhat raw with his hand placement and positioning.

Overall, I could envision Beebe being Guard 4 and at the top of this tier. He has the size, and he could do his job just enough to be effective. That’s all that really matters. Just because he’s built in the mold of a mauler it doesn’t mean he has to become that to be considered elite. The name of the game is the impede the defender’s route to the ball carrier, it doesn’t always matter how it looks. [Zone-Gap/LG]

6.) Christian Mahogany – 6’3″ 314 lbs. (Alijah Vera-Tucker)

Starting Tier 3 is Christian Mahogany. He flaunts a good anchor for his size and a physical demeanor. Good pass block grades. Gap scheme sufficient. Downhill player.

Level of comp is a concern. Injury in 2022. Moderate athleticism. Thin lowers.

Mahogany is a gritty player that will compete for reps as a starter but will more than likely start as a developmental reserve. [Gap-Zone/RG]

7.) Zak Zinter – 6’6″ 309 lbs. (Spencer Drango)

Zinter has average pass and run block grades. Zone and gap scheme strengths. Good size and long arms to create separation and pinch. Has good grip strength and finishes his blocks.

Thin lowers. Coming off of injury from 2023. Lacks elite power and push.

Zinter has quite the path to becoming an NFL player. But with the right team and patience, his borderline physical traits may keep him around long enough to find some playing time. [zone-gap/RG]

8.) Delmar Glaze – 6’4″ 315 lbs. (Nicholas Petit-Frere)

Glaze has excellent movement skills while working to the second level. Shows promise as multi-dimensional interior offensive lineman. Good pass block grades. Developmental player transitioning from tackle. Could also play center if he applied himself.

Consistent level of comp. Run block grades aren’t great despite his ability to move.

Glaze is an enticing developmental prospect. He just needs NFL level coaching and I expect him to be one of the steals of the draft at the offensive lineman position. [zone-gap/G-T]

9.) Dominick Puni – 6’5″ 313 lbs. (Oday Aboushi)

Puni shows impressive athleticism for his size. He’s quick. Has solid pass block grades.

Isn’t a power player. More finesse in how he gets the job done.

Puni is a finesse player with experience. His path to playing professional football would be simpler with a development plan in place. [gap-zone/LT-g]

10.) Kingsley Suamataia – 6’5″ 326 lbs. (John Simpson)

Rounding out Tier 3. Suamataia has good size and pass blocking traits. He could be the best of this tier with coaching.

Level of comp. Plays high with inconsistent strike target. Hand placement and technique are all over the place. Raw.

A fan favorite. Suamataia has all the tools to be in the Top 5-7 players here, but he needs to really get some NFL level coaching. He needs to focus on generating leverage with proper bend, he needs to practice when and where to strike defenders and he needs to be more consistent. [zone-gap/G-RT]

Trevor Keegan, Matthew Jones, Walter Rouse, Isaiah Adams, Josiah Ezirim, Nathan Thomas, Sataoa Laumea, Brandon Coleman, K.T. Leveston, Nick Gargiulo, Will Putnam (C), Layden Robinson, Tanor Bortolini (C), Jalen Sundell, Javion Cohen, X’Zauvea Gadlin, Jarrett Kingston, Trente Jones, Matt Goncalves, Jeremy Flax, Christian Duffie, Corey Bullock, Keaton Bills, Cole Spencer (C), Elijah Klein, Julian Pearl, C.J. Hanson, Kenneth Horsey, Ladarius Henderson, Andrew Coker, Clark Barrington, Gottlieb Ayedze

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