Top Five Guards from the 2020 NFL Draft
It usually takes three years to evaluate a draft class, so over the next few months, NFL Draft Notebook will be looking back at the 2020 draft class. This week we look at the guard position.
1. Mike Onwenu, New England Patriots
One of the best value picks in the 2020 NFL Draft was Mike Onwenu, who went to the New England Patriots with the 182nd overall pick. Onwenu has seen time at both guard and tackle for the Patriots and last year received the fourth-highest grade among offensive guards by Pro Football Focus.
2. Jonah Jackson, Detroit Lions
Another great value from the 2023 NFL Draft is former Ohio State offensive guard Jonah Jackson. He was taken in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Jackson has been a consistent starter for the Lions by starting 45 games so far during his career. In 2022, he didn’t give up a sack and was only called for four penalties.
3. Robert Hunt, Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphin offensive guard Robert Hunt is coming off the best season of his career, and he should only continue to improve. Last season, Hunt set a career-high with a 74.6 pass-blocking grade and a 74.5 run-blocking grade according to Pro Football Focus.
4. Cesar Ruiz, New Orleans Saints
The only first-round pick out of this group, Cesar Ruiz, has lived up to the expectations of being the 24th pick overall. Ruiz started nine games as a rookie and has been a consistent starter ever since. The biggest concern with him is a season-ending foot injury last season.
5. Damien Lewis, Seattle Seahawks
In what turned out to be a very strong offensive guard group, the last player to make this list is Damien Lewis. Lewis was originally a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, and he has been a starter from day one. Over his career, he has started 45 games and will be counted on to be Seattle’s starting left guard tin 2023.