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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

2014 Offensive Guard Rankings

The guard play for the Buffalo Bills in 2013 was, in a word, dreadful.

Right guard Kraig Urbik regressed in a new blocking scheme, left guard Colin Brown was the worst offensive linemen in the league by many metrics before being replaced and then his replacement Doug Legursky wasn't much better.

So what will the Bills do in the off-season to address the position? Head coach Doug Marrone has already publicly stated that they think three younger players (J.J. 'Unga, Mark Asper and Antoine McClain) show signs of starting potential at guard. Might they also bring in another young player through the draft the help the position as well?

If they do, they'll have options later on in the draft.

Here are my initial rankings of offensive guards available in this year's class:
(Keep in mind that these are overall rankings, not who the Bills may be looking for and targeting.)
  1. David Yankey, Stanford
  2. Trai Turner, LSU
  3. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
  4. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
  5. Chris Watt, Notre Dame
  6. Dakota Dozier, Furman
  7. Brandon Thomas, Clemson
  8. Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
  9. Cyril Richardson, Baylor
  10. John Urschel, Penn State
  11. Anthony Steen, Alabama
  12. Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State
  13. Jon Halapio, Florida
  14. Brandon Linder, Miami (FL)
  15. Spencer Long, Nebraska
  16. Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
  17. Austin Wentwort, Fresno State
  18. Zach Fulton, Tennessee
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