As we approach the NFL Draft in April, TFDS is ranking the top prospects at every position. Today's focus, the last of the series of offensive positions, is on the Centers and Guards. Two of the most under appreciated positions in the NFL, Guards and Centers rarely get the credit they deserve on a well working offensive line.
Not glory boys like offensive tackles, Centers and Guards are the players responsible for guarding the quarterback from the biggest threats he'll face - pressure up the middle from defensive tackles and blitzing linebackers or safeties.
Most defenses love a soft interior offensive line because it's much easier to rush up the gut than expend energy trying to go around a left tackle. Here are some prospects the Raiders may consider as they look to solidify their offensive line play under new OL coach Tony Sparano
1. Chance Warmack 6’2 322 lbs Alabama
Dominant is the word that comes to mind when I watch Warmack, who is probably the best college football player in the country. Unfortunately, he’s not typically recognized as such because of the position he plays. However, Warmack has dominated SEC defenses routinely as a member of Alabama’s line.
He’s able to keep some of the best defensive linemen in college football at bay, locking on and eating them up with a vacuum grip. Warmack has a great anchor and uses his hands well in pass protection and those skills transfer well to driving linemen back in the run game.
Warmack will be great addition to any OL and although he played G at Alabama, Center may be a better position due to size.
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