2014 NFL Draft: Guard Prospects You Should Know

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In this series of articles, I will be picking one position group each week from which I will be choosing four players to evaluate.  There will be three that you’ve probably heard of, and one that you probably haven’t. Please enjoy and I look forward to reading your comments.

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Cyril Richardson – 6’5 335lbs – Baylor

Cyril Richardson has played both guard and tackle during his tenure at Baylor. He played left tackle in 2011 blocking for Robert Griffin III but has since been moved back to guard for this year. Richardson is blocking for two elite running backs in Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin and if they have a good year, it will be due in large part to Richardson. He is a prototypical mauler with his massive body and surprising athleticism. Last year was a very special year for guards in the NFL Draft, and if there is anyone even close to the level of Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack, it’s Richardson. In 2012, he was voted the Big 12 Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and secured a spot on the AP All-American second team recording a team high 105 knockdown blocks. Richardson may be the only guard to creep into the first round as a late pick, but will more likely be an early second round choice.

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  • Blake Molina

    Nice read. While I love stockpiling offensive linemen, I think tackle will be more pressing of a draft need for KC, especially if Albert doesn’t return.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I agree…whether or not we retain Albert with defintely affect our draft…If he’s asking for too much money, than we’ll get another tackle…Kind of worries me though because if Fisher doesn’t step up his game, we may not have the most solid of lines next year…If you told me that Fisher was going to be our new left tackle next year and then another freshman right tackle, I’d be a little concerned

      • Rich Cooper

        Agreed. Seems Fisher is getting better, but still get pushed around too much for #1 overall. A big step up though so I’d bet he improves as the season goes on.

        • Jeff Grasser Jr

          I think he will for sure…i’d just be nervous if he started at LT…he’ll be just fine though, certainly not a bust…just needs time

  • Danny W

    I’d take Richardson in a new york second with our second round draft pick…….oh wait we don’t have one. Scratch that idea.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I thought we had a 2nd and we didn’t have a third…I could be wrong on that but the mock drafts I’ve seen have us with a 2nd rounder and no 3rd rounder