2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Guard

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Isaiah Wynn
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Isaiah Wynn /

The 2018 NFL Draft has some really talented interior offensive linemen and we could see several guards selected in the 1st round.

We are going to see some big and physical offensive guards enter the NFL this year. The 2018 NFL Draft is loaded with road graders and interior offensive linemen capable of making an immediate impact.

It wouldn’t come as a shock to me if we see as many as 4 guard selected by the end of the 1st round. This group not only has top-end talent but it also has plenty of depth.

Below is a list of my top rated 2018 NFL Draft guard prospects:

1. Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Big Board Rank: No. 8

Many see Nelson as one of the top overall players in this draft and they aren’t wrong. He will be an immediate starter and be a steady presence along the interior of the offensive line.

2. Will Hernandez, UTEP

Big Board Rank: No. 19

Hernandez is a true tough guy who moves defenders off the line of scrimmage. However, he also has good athleticism that allows him to make blocks on the move.

3. Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

Big Board Rank: No. 21

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Wynn’s lack of length likely means he plays guard in the NFL, but I wouldn’t completely rule out a possibility he sees action at offensive tackle.

4. Braden Smith, Auburn

Big Board Rank: No. 51

Smith is flying under the radar at this point in the process. However, he’s another plug and play prospect who will be a long-term NFL starter.

5. Billy Price, Ohio State

Big Board Rank: No. 52

Despite a combine injury, Price remains in the late 1st to early 2nd round range. His ability to play both guard and center only increases his value.

6. Austin Corbett, Nevada

Big Board Rank: No. 69

Corbett is a physical player who works to the whistle and loves to generate a push.

7. Martinas Rakin, Mississippi State

Big Board Rank: No. 89

8. Sean Welsh, Iowa

Big Board Rank: No. 95

9. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

Big Board Rank: No. 122

10. Cody Gossett, Appalachian State

Big Board Rank: No. 123

11. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin

Big Board Rank: No. 144

12. Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech

Big Board Rank: No. 152

13. Martez Ivey, Florida

Big Board Rank: No. 156

14. Sam Jones, Arizona State

Big Board Rank: No. 178

15. K.J. Malone, LSU

Big Board Rank: No. 179

16. Taylor Hearn, Clemson

Big Board Rank: No. 194