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Grading the pro potential: Guards

Xavier Su'a-Filo (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY)

Three of the top four players with guard potential at the NFL level were tackles in college, and some of them might continue to be tackles. But, following a trend devaluing guards in the draft, none of them are given first-round grades, although several are expected to be eventual starters. NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas gives his opinions on the possibilities.

Like most drafts, slow-footed college offensive tackles are usually converted to the offensive guard position in the National Football League. While that appears to be the case again this year, the tackles likely to shift in-line come with impressive resumes, as four of the more notable position-change candidates have received All-American recognition. Notre Dame left tackle Zack Martin heads...

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