It wasn’t that long ago that interior linemen were seldom selected in the early part of the first round. That is no longer the case, as clubs now look at talent over position, and we now see interior blockers drafted earlier.
Last year, Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson was the sixth overall pick and not only got to the Pro Bowl but was named first-team All Pro. There isn't a Quenton Nelson in this draft, but there are some quality interior players, including a few who will be picked on Night 1.
Samia was a four year starter — mostly at guard — but he does have some experience at tackle. He has great size and strength to go along with good overall athleticism. What I like about Samia: With his size and athleticism, he can play in any scheme and be effective. Though he won’t go in the first round, he should be a solid second-round pick who steps in and plays right away as a rookie.
Year after year, Boston College always puts out good offensive linemen. They are almost always well-coached and technique-sound. That holds true for Lindstrom, who has been a starter since his freshman year.
At the NFL level, Lindstrom should come in and start right away at guard, but don’t be surprised it he ends up playing center. He has that kind of skill set.
Ford started out as a guard at Oklahoma but was moved to right tackle for the 2018 season and played extremely well. Because he is only 6’4, he more than likely will be moved back to guard when he gets to the NFL.
Ford weighs in at around 326 and moves well for a big man. He has very long arms and knows how to play with leverage. Though he only did 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at the Combine, he came back and did 20 at the OU Pro Day. He may not have great upper-body strength, but Ford is powerful in the lower body and consistently generates movement. He should be the first inside player selected — most likely in the first round.
I am higher on Pierschbacher than others, but all I see is a four-year starter with experience at both guard and center and very good down-after-down production. Ross doesn’t have an outstanding trait, but he doesn’t have any poor ones either. He is just a steady blocker who comes to play every week. I feel he will start as a rookie at either center or guard, and though he may never be a Pro Bowler, he will be a consistent player.
McCoy has great size to go along with very good strength and power. He pairs excellent athleticism with his power, making him very consistent on second-level blocks. Though he played mostly center at Texas A&M, he has some starting experience at guard and clubs will love that versatility. There are some teams that like McCoy better than our top-rated center, Garrett Bradbury, because he is bigger and stronger. So don’t be surprised if McCoy is the first center to come off the board next week. He really doesn’t have a weak point to his game.
When I first started watching Bradbury back in late November, I wasn’t as high on him as I am now. The more I watch, the more I like. He was a tight end in high school who made the conversion to the offensive line during his redshirt year. He has experience at both center and guard, and that will help him at the NFL level.
Bradbury is not only strong, he is very athletic, allowing him to easily get out to the second level and be productive in space. He has very quick feet and always plays with bend. If there is a negative, it’s that he has short arms (31 3/4”), but he can get away with that playing inside. The Chicago Bears had a center with the same arm length who went to the Pro Bowl six times in Olin Kreutz, a similar type of player to Bradbury.