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Draft Preview: Guards and Centers


Cody Whitehair
6-4, 301, Kansas State

Four-year starter was an all-conference performer at left tackle as a senior, but NFL evaluators view him as an interior linemen at the next level. Started 51 of 52 career games, including a streak of 41 straight to end his college career. Considered one of the most technically sound linemen in the draft class and has ability to play several positions along the line.

Joshua Garnett
6-4, 312, Stanford

Became the first player in school history to win the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top lineman. Two-year starter at guard packs a powerful punch at the line of scrimmage. Son of Scott Garnett, who was an NFL defensive lineman for four seasons.

Christian Westerman
6-3, 298, Arizona State

Two-year starter at left guard transferred to Arizona State after two seasons at Auburn and became one of the top linemen in the Pac-12. Posted 34 bench press reps at the Scouting Combine, the most among all linemen.


Ryan Kelly
6-4, 311, Alabama

Three-year starter anchored the Crimson Tide's offensive line and helped pave the way for another national championship in 2015. Seasoned in Alabama's pro-style attack and should be able to contribute right away in the NFL.

Nick Martin
6-4, 299, Notre Dame

The younger brother of Zack Martin (Cowboys' first-round pick in 2014) is another three-year starter ready to make his mark in the NFL. Has been productive at both guard and center and offers that versatility at the next level.

Max Tuerk
6-5, 298, USC

Tuerk is one of the most versatile linemen in the draft, having spent a full season at tackle, a full season at guard and a full season at center during his college career. Must overcome season-ending knee injury suffered early in his senior year.


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