Pre-season 2024 NFL Draft Rankings: Interior Offensive Line

Welcome to the final offensive part of my early look at the 2024 NFL draft, ranking the interior offensive linemen. While the offensive tackle class looks large and strong, the interior looks just okay. The guard class looks better than last year, but the centers look to be down a little.

There looks to be only maybe one or two elite guards in this class, but still strong overall. I combined guards and centers since players can overlap and play both positions. As always, check out my draft database and all my previous parts on the offense.

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2024 NFL Draft Top Five Interior Offensive Linemen
  1. Cooper Beebe – OG – Kansas State: Beebe has been a three-year starter for Kansas State, logging multiple starts at left tackle, left guard, and right tackle. The last two seasons he has been elite in both the pass game and run game. In 2021 he started at left tackle, but moved inside in 2022 and didn’t miss a beat. Zero sacks and 19 pressures given up the last two years.
  2. Zak Zinter – OG – Michigan: Zinter is a large man at 6’6 315, and a two-year starter at right guard. He struggled with some inconsistency in 2021, but was pretty much a model of consistency in 2022. Zinter cut his pressures almost in half from 16 to nine. He could work his way into the first if he has a big 2023.
  3. Sedrick Van Pran – C – Georgia: Van Pran came in and started as a redshirt freshman in 2021 and played really well, giving up just one sack and nine pressures. Big things were expected out of him in 2022, but he didn’t seem to take the leap many were expecting from him. He played pretty much the same, if not a little worse actually, allowing 12 pressures. 2023 will be a big year for him.
  4. Christian Mahogany – OG – Boston College: Mahogany has become somewhat of a forgotten man after tearing up his knee and missing 2022. He came in and started as a redshirt freshman and played pretty well in pass protection allowing just three sacks. The current Golden Eagle took a big step in 2021 dominating in both the pass and run game. He allowed just one sack and seven pressures. If healthy in 2023, he should dominate again.
  5. Christian Haynes – OG – UConn: Haynes has been a three-year starter at UConn. He redshirted in 2018 and started 2019 as a redshirt freshman. UConn cancelled their 2020 season due to COVID; he came back and started 2021 and 2022. Haynes played a little better each year, until he had a dominant season in 2022, allowing three pressures all season and no sacks. Is also a certified grader in the run game.
2024 NFL Draft Interior Offensive Line: The Best Of The Rest

6. LaDarius Henderson – OG/C – Michigan: Henderson transferred from Arizona State and played both tackle and guard spots, but mostly left guard in 2021 and 2022. It has been rumored that he will play center in 2023. His calling card has been his play as a pass protector, giving up just two sacks and 12 pressures the last two seasons combined. Despite his size (6’4 310) he has been average as a run blocker. If he could step up there, he could move up.

7. Matthew Lee – C – Miami: If you want a mauler at center, Lee is your guy. He started three years at center for Central Florida before transferring this offseason. The former Knight definitely plays with a mauler mentality and wants to put you in the dirt, but he has also been really good as a pass blocker, giving up just four pressures and zero sacks in 2022. He was good in 2021 as well, with just one sack and seven pressures given up. Lee is very underrated.

8. Lokahi Pauole – OG – UCF: Pauole has been a three-year starter at right guard for UCF. He has been lock-down in pass protection, has only given up two sacks in his career, and just 10 pressures each of the past two seasons. Decent size at 6’3 305. He still needs work in the running game. If he can improve there a little, then he has day two written all over him.

9. Sincere Haynesworth – C – Tulane: Haynesworth is one of the more athletic centers in the class. A smooth, athletic mover, he would be a great fit in a zone scheme. Despite being 6’1, he actually has long arms for his height (33″). He is entering his fourth year as a starting center. Haynesworth has given up just one sack and 15 pressures over the last two seasons. His weakness is as a run blocker, where he’s just okay.

10. McKade Mettauer – OG – Oklahoma: Averaged size for a guard at 6’4 310. Started three years at Cal at right guard and gave up just five sacks in that time — and four of them were as a freshman in 2019. He slid over to left guard in 2022 and didn’t miss a beat with zero sacks and just nine pressures. After being an average run blocker at Cal, he seems to have learned something in Norman and showed more as a run blocker in 2022. He should see his stock rise as the season goes.

2024 NFL Draft Interior Offensive Line: Honorable mentions (in no particular order):

Joshua Gray-OG-Oregon State, Jarrett Kingston-OG-USC, Isaiah Adams-OG-Illinois, Michael Jurgens-C-Wake Forest, Rusty Staats-C-Tech Tech, Tate Ratledge-OG-Alabama, Doug Nester-OG-West Virginia, Duke Clemons-C-UCLA, Will Putnam-C-Clemson, Clark Barington-OG-Baylor, Mason Lunsford-OG-LSU, X’Zauvea Gadlin-OG-Liberty

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