UA-59049186-1 2020 NFL Draft: Big Board - Interior Offensive Line - Good if it Goes

2020 NFL Draft: Big Board – Interior Offensive Line

Rank Player School Grade
1 Cesar Ruiz Michigan Late 1st
2 Lloyd Cushenberry III LSU Mid 2nd
3 Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin 3rd
4 Jonah Jackson Ohio State 3rd
5 Matt Hennessy Temple 3rd
6 Robert Hunt Louisiana-Lafayette 3rd
7 Netane Muti Fresno State 3rd
8 Ben Bredeson Michigan 3rd
9 Nick Harris Washington 3rd-4th
10 Michael Onwenu Michigan 4th-5th

 

Your author is of the opinion that the absolute earliest one should ever draft an interior O-lineman is in the mid-to-late 1st round, as quality players at these spots can be found later in the draft, so bear that in mind when you look at these players’ grades. That should also tell you how high this space is on Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz has played center since high school, but can play anywhere on the interior. He’s not only a physically impressive prospect, but an intelligent one, as he handled the line calls very well for the Wolverines last season and was rarely in the wrong spot. The Wolverines send a trio of intriguing IOL prospects to the pros this year (four if you include Jon Runyan, Jr., who played tackle at Michigan, but projects as a guard in the NFL). Bredeson started all four years and was steady all four years. Michael Onwenu was impressive last season, especially as a pass blocker. He’ll need to keep his eye on his weight, as the Wolverines listed him at 350 all four years and they were lying all four years. In addition to the trio of Wolverines, LSU’s Cushenberry was a strong presence on the interior line for the Tigers en route to the National Championship. Tyler Biadasz could very well be the next Badger lineman to become a very good pro.

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