Troy Fautanu, Cooper Beebe, and Christian Mahogany lead the 2024 NFL Draft offensive guard class

This year's offensive guard group is one of the more talented groups in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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2024 NFL Draft offensive guard class ranking No. 5-8

5. Zak Zinter, Michigan: A player who will have plenty of medical questions going into the 2024 NFL Draft is Michigan Zak Zinter. Zinter suffered a season-ending broken fibula and tibia in the Ohio State game. Despite coming off this injury he should still be a third-round pick. One of the reasons for this is Zinter is a strong run blocker who shows impressive pop off the ball. He also shows good athletic ability for a lineman 6-foot-6 and 322 pounds. An area he can improve on is his balance since he has trouble staying on his feet at times, especially when blocking in space. Draft Grade: Third Round

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6. Isaiah Adams, Illinois: One of the more versatile linemen in the 2024 NFL Draft is Illinois’s Isaiah Adams. During his two years in Champaign, he has seen time at all offensive line positions except center. Another positive with him is he has the mobility to get to the second level, and should be a good fit with an offensive line that prefers athletic guards. He also has ideal length coming in at 6-foot-5 and displaying long arms to keep defenders at bay. He will need to work on his fundamentals to play in the NFL though. His hand use needs to improve especially when it comes to delivering an initial first punch. His footwork also could use some NFL coaching as he tends to stop his feet when a defensive lineman makes a second move on him. Overall, Adams is a player who has the potential to start in the NFL but he will need some time to become a more polished player. Draft Grade: Third Round

7. Joshua Gray, Oregon State: Oregon State’s Joshua Gray has been a four-year starter at left tackle, but due to a lack of length he will likely be forced inside to offensive guard. In this position, he should continue to be a strong run blocker having had the top run-blocking grade in the Pac-12 in 2022 according to Pro Football Focus. What makes him such a strong run blocker is his athletic ability which sees him consistently get to the second level. One of the reasons he will likely fall to the third day of the draft is his lack of body control, which causes him to get off balance at times. His lack of bulk (305 pounds) could also cause him some issues with bigger defensive tackles especially if asked to block in a gap-blocking scheme. Draft Grade: Fifth Round

8. Javion Cohen, Miami: Javion Cohen’s college career got off to a slow start having allowed 34 pressures in 2021 which according to Pro Football Focus was nine more than any other Power Five guard that season. However, since then he was named second-team All-SEC in 2022 and after transferring from Miami to Alabama this year he was named All-ACC Honorable Mention. When looking at how his game translates to the NFL some positives with his game include his good initial punch, overall athletic ability, and aggressive style of play. He does need to improve his hand use after initial contact and keeping his feet moving on contact. Draft Grade: Fifth Round