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2018 Combine Preview: Guard/center

New head coach Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions will have a plan in place for where they see offensive lineman Graham Glasgow playing in 2018 by the time free agency and the NFL Draft come around.

Glasgow, who played mostly guard each of the last two seasons, graded out very high at center after taking over there because of injuries to Travis Swanson to end each of the last two seasons.

The great thing about Glasgow is he gives Patricia and Co. some flexibility because he can play both. When it comes to the Scouting Combine and then the NFL Draft, that will give general manager Bob Quinn some flexibility when it comes to which prospects he feels might be a good fit in Detroit.

Here's a look at some of the best guard and center prospects who will be attending the Combine starting later this month:


School: Notre Dame

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 329

View photos of the prospects participating in the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Best trait: Power. He's one of the best guard prospects to come out of college in some time. He's 329 pounds of muscle. He's built like a locomotive and plays like it, too. If that's not enough, he's also technically sound.

Concern: He's a better run blocker than pass blocker at this point, but that being said, he's still a plus pass blocker coming in. There are few holes in his game.

Skinny: It's rare that we talk about interior offensive linemen being Top 10 picks, but that's how special Nelson can be. He immediately improves a team's run game, and can be a guy who locks down one of the guard spots for the next decade.


School: Texas-El Paso

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 340

Best trait: Size. For a 340-pound man, Hernandez carries that weight exceptionally well. He's 340 pounds, but still shows terrific athleticism and power. He was one of the players who stood out in one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl. Not many defenders got past his massive frame.

Concern: He's a little shorter than teams typically like for the position, and he doesn't have exceptionally long arms to make up for it. That will be a concern for some.

Skinny: He was a small-school lineman who came to the Senior Bowl and dominated. He has a ton of experience, and will immediately step in and be an upgrade at guard for 80 percent of the teams in this league.


School: Georgia

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 308

Best trait: Athleticism. Wynn played both tackle and guard for Georgia, which shows his versatility and range. If not for his size (6-2), he'd probably be a top tackle prospect. Wynn was one of the most technically sound blockers at the Senior Bowl playing guard. He gives teams options. He could also slide outside and play tackle in a pinch.

Concern: Where Nelson and Hernandez show raw power, that's not Wynn's game. He'll have to prove he can stand up against some of the league's stronger interior defenders.  

Skinny: He's a versatile lineman that is technically sound and can do a lot of different things for a team. He was very sound at the Senior Bowl as a pass blocker, which is probably his best asset coming in.


School: Ohio State

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 312

Best trait: Strength. He looks to physically dominate opponents and usually does. It will be interesting to see what he does on the bench press at the Combine. He played both guard and center for the Buckeyes, starting 55 straight games.

Concern: He sometimes relies on his strength too much, and can stand to improve his technique and hand work.

Skinny: Price plays with an edge, and will bring that with him to an NFL offensive line. He plays mean and powerful, and some teams will really love that about him.


School: Iowa

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 295

Best trait: Quickness. Analysts rave about his ability to get on three-technique tackles quickly, and also transition easily into the second level. He moves extremely well for a man his size.

Concern: Size. How will he hold up against straight power and bull rushes at this level? He's probably a little lighter than teams will want him to be, but a NFL nutrition and weight program will fix that rather quickly.

Skinny: Daniels moves really well and is technically sound, which gives him a terrific base skill set coming into the league. He'll get bigger and more powerful, that's the easy part.

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