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2006 NFL Draft Preview: Guards

Guards are considered a dime-a-dozen when it comes to the NFL Draft.  In the last decade only eight guards were first-round selections and three of those were chosen during the initial frame of the 1996 draft. Most guard crops entering the draft lack quality and quantity, and next April will be no different.

Very few prospects at this position presently look like first-day choices.  And while the guard spot would benefit from an injection of underclassmen, it is highly unlikely anyone breaks into the first round. Aaron Lips of Louisiana Tech is one of the higher rated seniors at the position.  Possessing solid size (6-4/310) Lips is a terrific run blocker who holds his own in pass protection...

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