In the 2012 NFL Draft, there was a special talent at guard in David DeCastro. When he dropped to the 24th pick in the first round, it seemed like an indictment on the position. Of the eight guards named to the Pro Bowl last season, two were first-round picks, but two were also undrafted.
As good of a prospect as DeCastro was last year, Alabama's Chance Warmack is even better this year. It's not easy for an interior offensive lineman to be the best player on the field, particularly in the Southeastern Conference. But in Crimson Tide games, Warmack stands out. The powerful senior can manhandle defensive tackles and rarely needs double team help.
The drop off after Warmack is significant. There's good middle-round depth at guard in the 2013 NFL Draft, but Warmack is probably going to be the only first-round pick.
|1. Chance Warmack | 6'3, 320 pounds | Guard | Alabama|
|2. Jonathan Cooper | 6'3, 310 pounds | Guard | North Carolina|
|3. Larry Warford | 6'3, 333 pounds | Guard | Kentucky|
|4. Travis Bond | 6'7, 330 pounds | Guard | North Carolina|
|5. Omoregie Uzzi | 6'3, 300 pounds | Guard | Georgia Tech|
|6. Carson York | 6'5, 293 pounds | Guard | Oregon|
|7. Jeff Baca | 6'3, 295 pounds | Guard | UCLA|
|8. Blaize Foltz | 6'4, 310 pounds | Guard | TCU|
|9. Chris McDonald | 6'5, 298 pounds | Guard | Michigan State|
|10. Chris Jacobson | 6'3, 295 pounds | Guard | Pittsburgh|
|1. Alvin Bailey | 6'5, 320 pounds | Guard | Arkansas *|
|2. Mason Walters | 6'6, 320 pounds | Guard | Texas *|
|3. Gabe Jackson | 6'4, 320 pounds | Guard | Mississippi State *|