6-3 315lbs Senior
Justin Boren is our top rated offensive guard for the 2011 NFL Draft. He has both a solid frame and good size for the position. He is extremely strong and physical and excels in the run game. Boren has a nasty attitude that he utilizes to finish plays. You will often find Boren pushing defenders several yards down the field. This nonstop attitude inspires the rest of the offensive line and helps runners gain extra yardage. In pass protection he has a strong base and is able to anchor against the bull rush. He has a powerful punch which he utilizes to deflects defensive pass rush moves.
While everyone loves Boren’s aggressive style of play he could sometimes get carried away. He needs to keep his emotions in check and play smart. Boren has adequate quickness for the position and could use work on his lateral quickness. He needs to continue to work on identifying blitzing linebackers and safeties.
Boren is a big and nasty offensive guard who with some more development could make an impact in the NFL. The Ohio State Buckeyes will be counting on Boren to lead their offensive line this year. Boren has the hardnosed attitude that will fit in nicely with a run first oriented NFL team.
In this past year’s draft we saw a rise of interior offensive linemen. Both Mike Iupati and Maurkice Pouncey were selected before the 25th pick of the draft. I feel this will be a continuing trend in the NFL and expect Boren to be the first guard off the board in the 2011 NFL Draft.