Here we are: offensive guards. It's certainly a position of need. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that the Rams select a guard at some point in the draft. Perhaps not early, and almost certainly not the first round, but a guard will likely be taken. They're rather weak at the position. Interior line should be a focal point during this draft and, as such, this is a board of particular interest.
Of course, the first rounder is more and more shaping up to be a receiver or other playmaking-type. However, quality guards can be had throughout the draft -- look to the Rams' second pick as a very suitable place to draft a guard. Nonetheless, here's how our Turf Show Times staff sees the guard pool this year.
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So, perhaps one of the more telling things from this table is that no one is quite sure what Brandon Scherff is. While he received two top votes, he received no other votes -- an indication we aren't quite sure if he'll be a guard or a tackle. While I believe he's a better fit as a guard and perhaps would be a better NFL guard, his value as a tackle will be too high. He'll be selected as a tackle before he's selected as a guard.
As far as traditional guards go, A.J. Cann seemed the favorite, followed by Tre Jackson. Both received solid votes, Cann more so than Jackson. A traditional guard should be very attainable for the Rams come round two and that should be an interesting call. I wouldn't expect a round one guard, but at pick 42, certainly be on the lookout.
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