Welcome to the next installment of my final positional rankings series! Next up are the interior offensive lineman where the center class is loaded and immediate starters can be found at guard. With the NFL offenses being more and more predicated on pace and space, generating quick pressure in the face of the quarterback defensively is critical, making the need for stalwarts along the interior offensive more valuable than ever before.
My full rankings can be found at the bottom of this page with scouting reports on each prospect if you click on their name.
Garrett Bradbury is IOL1
Bradbury is one of my favorite prospects that I've studied over the last two seasons. Over that span, I made 6 different trips to Raleigh to cover NC State games and feel very comfortable with the Wolfpack talent.
A converted tight end in 2015, Bradbury's technical refinement is highly impressive given his relative newness to the position. What really pops on film is his movement skills. His lateral mobility that leads to hitting reach blocks on three techniques is unbelievable. I love his range and ability to work in space. And while he isn’t the most powerful blocker, he has a knack for finding leverage points on defenders and creating movement.
A zone rushing offense will have its long-term answer at center by investing in Bradbury.
Nate Davis Has an Edge
Davis is a player that really popped for me on film and then he held his own at the Senior Bowl with how he competed against the top seniors in the country. There is a lot of power and nasty to the way Davis works. As a drive blocker, I love how Davis gets his hands fit, uncoils his hips, accelerates his hips and blocks through the whistle.
Davis complements his power with good mobility, heavy hands and the ability to connect with moving targets in space. He does have some body control/weight distribution stuff to clean up but I like his upside as a legitimate developmental prospect with the upside to become a productive NFL starter.
Phil Haynes Is My Favorite Sleeper
A four-year starter for Wake Forest, Haynes is one of my top sleepers in this year’s draft class regardless of position. A blend of size, strength and sound technique, Haynes presents considerable appeal as a developmental option that can become a starter.
I enjoyed Haynes’ film over the summer in 2018 and he played well throughout the course of the season. His lack of attendance at either the Shrine Game or Senior Bowl had me doubting him as a prospect but his invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine was a strong indicator of the league’s interest. He could be that mid-round guard that a team drafts and has itself a starter.
Lamont Gaillard is Loved
I’ve developed a few connections with the University of Georgia program and it’s been encouraging to hear them talk so positively about Gaillard. Those rave reviews of Gaillard where echoed by literally EVERY Georgia prospect I spoke with along the all-star circuit and Pro Day. I don’t recall every hearing a teammate garner so many ringing endorsements in terms of energy, leadership and work ethic.
Gaillard is a touch undersized but he has outstanding functional strength, mobility and consistency with execution. He has some weight distribution issues to cleanup, but Gaillard seems like the type of presence that any locker room would love to have. He has experience playing every spot on the interior offensive line which is critical for Day Three offensive line prospects. He may not be getting much buzz, but Gaillard is primed for a productive career.
Michael Deiter is a STUD
I’m not sure if we are just bored with Wisconsin offensive lineman or used to Deiter performing at a high level but he deserves more buzz in this year’s offensive line class. A 54-game starter for the Badgers, Deiter has experience playing every position along the offensive line. He is technically-refined, athletic, powerful and profiles as long-term fixture for an NFL offensive line. He has true plug-and-play upside and is worthy of a top-50 selection at the end of the month.