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2013 NFL Draft Preview: Guards/Centers

Posted Mar 22, 2013

A look at the top interior offensive lineman prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

This week: offensive linemen, a position we'll divide into tackles and guards/centers.

Below you will find five of the top prospects at the guard and center positions. For a photo gallery of the position group, click here.


• COLLEGE: North Carolina
• HEIGHT: 6'2"
• WEIGHT: 311
• CAREER STATS: 48 starts
• COMBINE: 5.07 40-yd. dash, 35 bench reps, 108 in. broad jump
On standing out as a guard:
"I’m very blessed to be playing at guard and to be as highly regarded as I am, so I’m thankful for that. Because no, it’s not a glamour position. They like guys who run power and run it consecutive times, just smash people until they can’t hardly think. So it is not a glamour position and it is hard to be scouted, but I’m grateful because I have been blessed with the opportunity."
Player • POSITION: Center
• HEIGHT: 6'3"
• WEIGHT: 302
• CAREER STATS: Three-year starter
• COMBINE: 13 bench reps
On his family history of football:
"I'm very fortunate in that regard. My dad played at Michigan for Bo Schembechler from '72-'76. I was able to watch my brother dominate the high school and collegiate level and played two years in the NFL at tight end, and my brother-in-law Troy Polamalu is one of the great players in the game today. So I've been very fortunate to learn on and off the field from some of the best."
• POSITION: Center
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 6'4"
• WEIGHT: 306
• CAREER STATS: 49 starts
• COMBINE: Did not participate
On playing every position on the line:
“When you play a lot of positions, it allows you to learn the offense from different perspectives. You stop memorizing the offense and start understanding it. That’s the biggest reason playing center mentally wasn’t that big a challenge. I understood the offense and what we were trying to accomplish.”
Player • POSITION: Guard
• COLLEGE: Kentucky
• HEIGHT: 6'3"
• WEIGHT: 332
• CAREER STATS: 37 starts
• COMBINE: 5.58 40-yd. dash, 28 bench reps, 96 in. broad jump
On how many sacks he gave up:
"At Kentucky, I think I gave up four all together. I gave up two my sophomore year. One two years ago and one last year. I really didn’t give up a sack last year, but I … missed my block. He technically didn’t get sacked, but I count that as a sack in my book."
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 6'2"
• WEIGHT: 317
• CAREER STATS: 39 starts
• COMBINE: 5.49 40-yd. dash, 110 in. broad jump
On whether he could've played D-line:
“I had the option to play defense, but I love the offensive line and I embrace what I do. I love what I do. It’s not a job to me. So that’s why I love it so much. I love being big and mean.”

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