BearsBeat.com 2009 Draft Board: Guards

April 11th, 2009 - 12:00 am

Here’s a look at how I feel about the 2009 offensive guard prospects. Tackles, guards, and centers may be used interchangeably due to uncertainty of which position the prospect will play in the NFL. The order may change as draft day nears.

1. Duke Robinson – Oklahoma
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 329 | 40-time: 5.27
What I like about him: Good size and toughness and plays with a mean streak. Shows good blitz awareness and possesses surprising quickness to the second level.
What I don’t like about him: Needs to work on his consistency and has questionable motivation and effort.


2. Andy Levitre – Oregon State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 305 | 40-time: 5.24
What I like about him: Smart player who shows good agility to pull as well as get to the second level.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have ideal arm length and doesn’t drive people off the ball.


3. Kraig Urbik – Wisconsin
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 328 | 40-time: 5.30
What I like about him: A four-year starter with great vision and awareness. Durable player who packs a punch.
What I don’t like about him: He’s not a very good athlete who lacks quickness and will struggle in pass protection.


4. Herman Johnson – Louisiana State
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 382 | 40-time: 5.20
What I like about him: Huge frame that will be tough for defenders to get around and difficult to get through. Will engulf defenders if he gets his hands on them.
What I don’t like about him: He’s had weight problems and his lack of quickness will cause problems against speed rushers.


5. Louis Vasquez – Texas Tech
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 333 | 40-time: 5.40
What I like about him: Plays mean and nasty and is quick off the snap despite his size. Shows great pass protection.
What I don’t like about him: Needs to improve his run blocking and fine-tuning his technique is a must. His stamina is a question mark as he wears down too easy.


6. Tyronne Green – Auburn
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 309 | 40-time: 5.10
What I like about him: He’s got good agility and footwork and can put a block on a defender in open space. He’s a team leader and has a motor that won’t quit.
What I don’t like about him: He lacks ideal size and, as a result, won’t push anybody backward or knock them to the ground.


7. Greg Isdaner – West Virginia
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 325 | 40-time: 5.44
What I like about him: He uses his hands well and is a good zone blocker. He’s an intelligent player who understand what needs to be done and how to do it.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great athletic ability or lower body strength. Can’t move the line and lacks explosion.


8. Trevor Canfield – Cincinnati
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 307 | 40-time: 5.30
What I like about him: Plays like a beast who will maul somebody. They say he’s got the desire to play violent and seek to hit somebody at all times. Great strength.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great instincts in space and will rely on his strength more than technique. He’s got poor mobility and has had durability issues.


9. Andy Kemp – Wisconsin
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 318 | 40-time: 5.20
What I like about him: Big player from a big program who gets in the proper position and anchor the pass blocking. He can also pull well and get upfield.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have a lot of power or balance. Needs to improve his footwork and hand placement.


10. Robert Brewster – Ball State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 310 | 40-time: 5.26
What I like about him: Uses good technique. Has solid athleticism and versatility. He’s a durable player.
What I don’t like about him: Didn’t face great competition in college. Doesn’t have great lower-body strength and needs to bulk up.


11. Cornelius Lewis – Tennessee State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 315 | 40-time: 5.20
What I like about him: He’s got good agility and is light on his feet. Plays with toughness and a mean streak. Shows athleticism to pull and get to defenders on the second level.
What I don’t like about him: Needs to lower his body in pass protection. Doesn’t use his hands well. A bit on the soft side emotionally when tough coaches come along. Character could be an issue.


12. Paul Fanaika – Arizona State
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 340 | 40-time: 5.45
What I like about him: He’s got good size and is a smart player. He shows good awareness in pass protection and keeps his head on a swivel.
What I don’t like about him: Not put together well and doesn’t have good leverage. Doesn’t punch with his hands well and needs to work on sustaining blocks while on the move.


13. Cedric Dockery – Texas
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 314 | 40-time: 5.30
What I like about him: Fundamentally sound and aware of his weaknesses. Uses his hands and arms well and always seems to be in the right position.
What I don’t like about him: Often plays inconsistently. Doesn’t show great intensity or mental toughness.


14. Anthony Parker – Tennessee
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 297 | 40-time: 5.20
What I like about him: He has decent agility, and although he lacks ideal size, he has great strength and power.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have good size. Doesn’t drive his legs on contact and durability with his knees may be a concern.


15. Matt Slauson – Nebraska
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 316 | 40-time: N/A
What I like about him: He’s got great size and played for a big program. He’s versatile and has played three positions on the line. He takes good angles.
What I don’t like about him: Will struggle against speed rushers. Doesn’t use his hands as well as he should.


Others:
Ben Person – Ohio State
Brandon Walker – Oklahoma
C.J. Davis – Pittsburgh
Calvin Darity – North Carolina
Casey Bulyca – Washington
Jaimie Thomas – Maryland
Jeffrey Byers – Southern California
Keegan Kennedy – Northwestern
Kenny Avon – Fresno State
Marlon Davis – Alabama
Maurice Miller – Mississippi
Michael Turkovich – Notre Dame
Rey Feinga – Brigham Young
Rich Ohrnberger – Penn State
Roger Allen – Missouri Western
Ryan Durand – Syracuse
Ryan Stanchek – West Virginia
Seth Olsen – Iowa
Steve Rehring – Ohio State
Travis Bright – Brigham Young