Thursday, April 15, 2010

2010 NFL Draft: Top Guards

With the 2010 NFL Draft just one week away, I will be highlighting the top players at each position in this year's class.

These are my guard prospects available in the 2010 NFL Draft.

1. Mike Iupati, Idaho

A three-year starter for the Vandals, Iupati was a two-time All-WAC selection from 2008 to 2009 and a was first-team All-American as a senior.

By far the draft's best guard prospect, Iupati has all the tools you look for in a mauling interior lineman. A guy that could also feasibly play right tackle in the pros, Iupati should go in the middle or late first round, possibly to San Francisco (No. 17) or Pittsburgh (No. 18).

2. Rodger Saffold, Indiana

A four-year starter in the Big Ten for the Hoosiers, Saffold was named a second-team all-conference selection as a senior in 2009.

A left tackle during his collegiate career, Saffold lacks ideal strength and athleticism which could make his best fit in the pros inside. He'll interest all the zone-blocking teams in the second round.

3. John Asamoah, Illinois

Asamoah earned second-team All-Big Ten honors a senior in 2009, capping of a collegiate career in which he started his final three seasons with the Fighting Illini.

One of the most athletic guards in this year's class, Asamoah projects greatly at any of the three interior line spots and should go sometime in the second or third round of the draft.

4. John Jerry, Ole Miss

A four-year starter for the Rebels, Jerry earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2008 and first-team honors in 2009.

The brother of former Ole Miss defensive tackle and 2009 Atlanta Falcons' first-round pick Peria Jerry, John Jerry is one of the best power run blockers in this year's class. He could go anywhere from the second to fourth round depending on how things shake out.

5. Mitch Petrus, Arkansas

Originally a walk-on tight end, Petrus moved to guard, then fullback, then back to guard during his tenure with the Razorbacks. He earned second-team All-SEC honors in both 2007 and 2009.

Petrus has the athleticism needed to be a quality pulling guard and will be waiting to hear his name called sometime between the second and fourth rounds.

Who are your top guard prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft? Share your thoughts on the forum here!