It’s that time of the year again when we take a deep dive into the potential 2020 Draft Class. This article, the 2020 NFL Draft Offensive Guards Top 10, will cover the best OGs looking to make an impact in the 2019 College season, before being drafted in 2020. So why wait? Let's do this thing!
Shane Lemieux – Oregon
Shane Lemieux is a fantastic guard in a great set up. Not only is he fun to watch he is a hungry dog of a player. He shows great hands and works well with them, repositions them when needs and shows great power. He loves to jump sets and plays like a man possessed. I think he is one of the best in the Ducks line.
He will never be questioned on his effort; he helps those around him when he is uncovered and has a defining nastiness to him.
He can struggle at times against length. He isn’t the best athlete, but he makes up for it in hungry and determination. He is a bit inconsistent and can be too aggressive at times, needs to reign this in a bit.
Graded as the No.1 Guard in the Pac-12 and the 3rd in the Nation, according to Pro-Football Focus in 2018.
Great player. One of my favs on the Oregon line. Look for him in the 2nd round.
Ben Bredeson – Michigan
This guy should be on top of everyone’s must-watch list. He is a violent guard who never gives up on plays. He has a solid anchor, a great first step and powerful hands. He changes up his position after the snap and confusing defenses in the process. A leader of men and a great character are things you don’t often see in someone so young.
He broke into the starting line-up as a freshman and hasn’t looked back since. He is a great blocker with all the right attributes to succeed in the NFL. Great size, athleticism, and versatility are keys to him having longevity in the big leagues.
Bredeson was the recipient of Michigan’s Toughest Player Award in 2018. He was also a team Captain.
Great player. With a big year in 2019, this guy will be a 1st round pick.
Logan Stenberg – Kentucky
Logan Stenberg is a freak of nature. This guy was part of the O-line that opened holes for Benny Snell to break all kinds of Kentucky records. He has faced some of the best competition in College football and has held his own. Great size and length, powerful hands and a never say die attitude. This guy is a lethal footballer. He works great as a run blocker and can handle speed rushers.
Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2018.
With another year under his belt, Stenberg will be a force in the NFL. Look for him in the early 2nd round of the draft.
Kevin Jarvis – Michigan State
Jarvis plays mostly RG in a good O-line. He has a stellar freshman year and moved straight into a starting role as a Sophomore in 2018. He missed a few games to injury but came back stronger for it.
A great anchor, violent hands and strong hips mean he can push players around and get the better of nearly anyone. He is a great run blocker. Always keeps his head up and knows what is happening around him. It’s hard to stand out with good players around you, but Jarvis is good enough to do that.
Needs to stay healthy and play a full season in 2019. He can get lost in the play sometimes. He loses his man and then doesn’t know where he should be. Looks like an old man who forgets where he parked the car. Not a huge issue, this will come with experience.
Overall, he is a good prospect. A solid 2019 and he will be a late 2nd round player.
Ben Cleveland – Georgia
There is a lot to like about Cleveland, but I am not as high on him as others in this class.
This guy is a massive unit with some serious strength, he uses his hands incredibly well and pushes guys around. He helped to open holes for the likes of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.
Needs to develop his game more in 2019. He can get lost at times and does have a lot of burst off the line. Can be seen waiting for players to come at him. He needs to stay healthy, he missed too many games in 2018.
With a full season under his belt, he will be a 2nd round pick. NFL teams will love him on his size alone.
John Simpson – Clemson
Simpson is a big boppa. At over 330 pounds, he is one of the biggest in the class, yet he moves surprisingly well. He has found a home for himself at LG and makes plays like a veteran. Simpson blocks well in space with good vision, has initial burst and excellent hand timing and placement.
His footwork is good going forward or backward to counter rushers. He crosses over the line well to attack different defenders and is starting to become a household name in this fantastic Clemson O-line.
Needs to keep his weight under control. There is big and then there is just fat. He needs to find the balance.
Look for this guy in the early 2nd round.
Alex Leatherwood – Alabama
Leatherwood is a good rotational player who will see more game time in 2019 with the departure of same of Bama’s stars to the NFL. He does a lot of things well enough to be a stalwart on a great O-line, but he needs to be a force in 2019 if he is to be drafted.
He has great hand placement, uses his big frame well to get the best out of his body. He throws players around and has ok footwork. A powerful first strike and an ability to hold guys up will bode well for him when he becomes a full-time starter in 2019.
If he can have a big 2019 and protect Tua well enough, he could be drafted on day two. Look for him in the 3rd round.
Hakeem Adeniji – Kansas
This kid usually starts at LT, but I have him down as a guard for NFL purposes. There has been a lot of talk around him since he arrived in College. Someday he could be a 1st round pick, others say late day three. For me, the jury is still out. He needs a huge 2019 to impress me enough to be drafted at all.
I see some of the things that scouts see in this kid, but he is far from a finished product. He blocks well, has great vision and won’t be beaten very often.
But he lacks that killer instinct, that feeling you get when you watch his tape and must tell someone about how good this guy is. He needs to work on his footwork and his timing.
Before the season starts I have him with a 4th round grade.
Tommy Kraemer – Notre Dame
This kid is the real deal. I don’t watch a lot of Notre Dame games because, well, they bore me. But this kid can play football. He was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and turned down the opportunity to play at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.
A quick burst off the line, great hand timing and placement, and a strong core, make Kraemer a tough guy to come up against. He flashes brilliance with his body control and strikes as he moves players around the arc and gets help for the RBs. Fluid hips mean, he isn’t beaten very often around the edge.
Not great in Pass protection, but this is something he can work on.
Named on the Preseason All-American Team to watch for 2019. Big things are coming for this kid.
Notre Dame O-line continues to churn out 1st round draft talent. Could Kraemer be the next one?
As we of July 2019, he will be a 2nd rounder.
Tremayne Anchrum - Clemson
Tremayne enters his fourth seasons with plenty of experience under his belt in one of the best O-line setups in the country. He made the starting role his own in 2017 and hasn’t missed too many games since then. He is a consistent player, with plenty of upside. He dominates at the lines, shows strong hand placement and man-handles guys into submission.
He has a good footballing IQ and can be seen helping others out around him in the line.
Which every NFL team picks this kid up will love what they have. He is one of the hardest workers on and off the field and you will never question his performance.
Look for him in the late 2nd, early 3rd rounds.
Josh Knipfel – Iowa Stata
Jon Runyan – Michigan
Solomon Kindley – Georgia
Bryce Meeker – Iowa State