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Experts name top Guard/Center Prospects

Bookmark it. Print it out. Save it on your desktop. Do what you will, but consider this your ultimate NFL draft guide. Based on what draft experts are saying around the league, compiled the top five prospects at each position in the upcoming NFL Draft, which runs May 8-10. So until Mr. Irrelevant is called in the seventh round with the 256th overall pick, you'll want to keep this close as the Giants prepare for the 2014 campaign.

  • David Yankey, Stanford (G)
    NFL.COM: Big, physical, smart, serviceable offensive guard who will not score many style points, but generally gets the job done. Has starter-caliber ability and fits best in a power scheme that takes advantage of his size and pulling ability.
  • Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA (G)
    NFL.COM: Does not look the part and was miscast when forced to play left tackle for the Bruins, but Su'a-Filo is more effective than he is pretty. Projects best at left guard, where he has starter-caliber ability in a power scheme, though he is athletic enough to appeal to zone teams, too.
  • Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (G)
    NFL.COM: Big, thickly built, relatively nuanced blocker who brings a steadying presence to the interior offensive line. Dependability and effectiveness blocking for pass and run combined with sterling intangibles, including football intelligence, make him capable of starting as a rookie and holding down a position for years to come.
  • Marcus Martin, USC (C)
    NFL.COM: Outstanding-sized, barrel-chested finesse pivot with center-guard versatility. Grades out highly as a position-sustain blocker and possesses untappped strength and power in his body. Lacks desirable grit, toughness and finishing strength to maximize his talent and is stronger than he plays. Has instant-starter potential as a center or right guard, but could stand to benefit from some time to be groomed.
  • Cyril Richardson, Baylor (G)
    NFL.COM: Massive road grader with grown-man strength which enables him to reestablish the line of scrimmage in the run game and thwart the rush. Versatility to play right tackle adds to value and he has plug-and-play capability in a power scheme, though bust factor cannot be ignored.
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