With the rookie edge rushers and offensive tackles analyzed in depth, we’re moving to the interior of the offensive line.
In recent years, we’ve seen more guards and centers drafted in the first round, with two guards going in the Top 10 a year ago in Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack. Unfortunately, Cooper never took a regular season snap after going down to injury during the preseason but Warmack, as well as fellow first round guard Kyle Long started every game for their respective teams.
We also saw the emergence of our Rookie of the Year, Larry Warford, who more than solidified one of the guard spots in Detroit. He clearly stood out as the best of the rookie interior linemen, all the more impressive considering the learning curve often associated with the position.
Here’s a look at the rookie interior linemen: