Grading the pro potential: Guards
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 this group, and with teams split down the middle where to play him, we have the Irish blocker, along with Nevada's Joel Bitonio, North Dakota State's Billy Turner and Boise State's Charles Leno, rated as guards and tackles. Miami's Brandon Linder split time at guard and tackle, but is receiving serious attention as a potential center. Small-college standout Dakota Dozier of Furman is another tackle that has a better opportunity to start as a guard in the NFL. With a record-breaking 102 underclassmen declaring for the draft, four of the better juniors to declare are in this guard group, led by...
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