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Top 10 Offensive Guards in College Football 2022 Rankings

Ranking College Football’s best Guards of the NCAA 2022-2023 season and the 2023 NFL Draft

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By Fan Rankings | January 09, 2023 - 10:56 PM

The ability to make plays on the offensive side of the football starts up front with every team’s offensive line. This includes college football that continues to be built around explosive offensives and talented defenses.

Two of those five offensive lineman that typically get overlooked around college football is the right guard and left guard positions.

While the center and left tackle positions take home the most recognition, the guard position plays a key role in creating movement up front.

Each of these 10 players landing on the Top 10 College Football Offensive Guards January 2023 rankings list is talented and have the ability to play at the next level.


As you start to look around at the top offensive guards in all of college football one name that stands out is Cooper Beebe of the Kansas State Wildcats.

Beebe who was named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year as well as a First-Team All-American is as good as it gets at the position while also ranking as one of the top potential guards had he entered the 2023 NFL Draft.

While Beebe lands at the top of the list of the best College Football offensive guards a few of the other top guards include O’Cyrus Torrence from the Florida Gators, Layden Robinson of the Texas A&M Aggies, Emil Ekyor of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and Andrew Vorhees from the USC Trojans. Here is a look at the Top 10 College Football Offensive Guards January 2023 rankings:




Honorable Mention

Beaux Limmer

Arkansas Razorbacks

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

Just missing the Top 10 College Football Offensive Guards January 2023 rankings list is the Arkansas Razorbacks right guard Beaux Limmer.

Limmer put together a strong resume tape at the right guard position over the past two seasons as the team’s starter while allowing just four sacks and one quarterback hit over the course of the 2022 NCAA Footballs schedule.

The Razorbacks guard is extremely athletic and strong for a big man while also ranking as one of the team’s strongest players over the past two seasons.




Caleb Chandler

School: Louisville Cardinals

Position: Left Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

Since arriving at Louisville, Caleb Chandler has played a lot of football for the team at both the left guard as well as right guard positions.

However, since taking over as the team’s starting left guard in 2020, Chandler has developed into one of the best left guards in all of college football.

The Cardinals left guard stands at 6 foot 4 inches tall while weighing in at just under the 300-pound mark that many NFL teams look to be the benchmark.

That said, Chandler is impressive both in the run game as well as pass game blocking schemes while showing tremendous awareness of what opposing defenders are doing around him. In all Chandler allowed zero sacks and just two quarterback hits over 12 games this season.




Top 10 College Offensive Guards

10. Cedrice Paillant

School: Marshall Thundering Herd

Position: Left Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

Landing at number 10 on the Top 10 College Football Offensive Guards January 2023 rankings list is the Marshall Thundering Herd left guard Cedrice Paillant.

Paillant, who was a former 3-star recruit has all the physical tools with tremendous size and power to be a great guard in the National Football League for years to come.

The Thundering Herd star lists at 6 foot 4 inches to go along with 325 pounds while owning an 84-inch wingspan and 34-inch arm lengths. After spending his first two seasons with the Rutgers Scarlett Knights, Paillant moved to Marshall last season.

A move that would pay off as Paillant helped transform the team’s performance on the offensive side of the ball.

Paillant finished the season playing in 11 games for the Thundering Herd while allowing just four quarterback hits and zero sacks.




9. Aki Ogunbiyi

School: Texas A&M Aggies

Position: Left Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

The Texas A&M Aggies have two of the best offensive guards in all of college football and both are expected to be highly coveted picks during the 2023 NFL Draft.

While it is left to know exactly how good Aki Ogunbiyi is due to his limited number of games played since arriving with the Aggies.

This includes just six games this past season after appearing in just eight games last season. Nonetheless, when Ogunbiyi is on the field his performance against some of the top-rated defensive teams in the country with the SEC conference ranks among the best guard play in the country. The Aggies guard is aggressive, versatile, and has the ability to play the tackle position as well. 




8. Trey Wedig

School: Wisconsin Badgers

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: Ineligible for 2023 NFL Draft

Depending on what you are looking for in an offensive lineman it is hard to find someone that has all the tangibles to play the game.

One player who may be close is the Wisconsin Badgers sophomore guard/tackle combo Trey Wedig. Wedig, who split time at both right guard and right tackle this season, allowed just three sacks over nine games.

However, when you look at his play on the field, his strengths of moving the defensive player in front of him during run plays and his physical size (6 foot 7 inches, 315 pounds), the Badgers offensive lineman was as good as advertised this season. Wedig will have one more year to continue to develop into a potential first round NFL Draft Pick.




7. Zak Zinter

School: Michigan Wolverines

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: Undecided/Projected to return to USC.

When you have the running game that the Michigan Wolverines put on the field during the 2022 NCAA Football schedule it is easy to see how Zak Zinter lands as one of the best offensive guards in the country. Zinter, who was playing his junior year with the Wolverines, continues to develop since arriving as a freshman during the 2020 NCAA Football season.

The former 4-star recruit has great size at 6 foot 6 inches with solid weight and arm length combination. When watching film Zinter was tremendous in the run game while also ensuring to engage at the first and second levels.




6. Mason Brooks

School: Ole Miss Rebels

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

After spending his first few seasons playing guard with Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Mason Brooks transferred over to play for the Ole Miss Rebels this season.

In eight games with the Rebels, Brooks allowed zero sacks or quarterback hurries while solidifying himself as one of the top right guards in College Football.

Brooks was solid on film both in pass blocking and run blocking while using his arm length, wingspan, and 6-foot 6-inch height to make plays. Overall, Brooks was solid while helping to create plays on the offensive side of the football.




5. Layden Robinson

School: Texas A&M Aggies

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: Returning to Texas A&M

Rounding out the Top 5 offensive guards on the Top 10 College Football Offensive Guards January 2023 rankings is the Texas A&M Aggies right guard Layden Robinson.

Robinson, who many experts had pegged to enter the NFL Draft as one of the top ranked offensive guards in the 2023 NFL Draft announced he would return for his senior season. 

Robinson allowed four sacks over the course of his junior season while playing a key role in the team's running game.

The former three-star recruit ranks among some of the best run blockers in college football and another year with the Aggies should allow him to continue to develop his pass blocking techniques.




4. Andrew Vorhees

School: USC Trojans

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

One of the most polished offensive guards within all college football is the USC Trojans senior right guard Andrew Vorhees.

Vorhees is a monster in the trenches and has all the tangibles including standing in at 6 foot 6 inches and 325 pounds. The former 3-star recruit has played majority of his career at the right guard position but has also showed his talent to play both left guard and left tackle.

Over the course of his senior season Vorhees allowed just two sacks over 720 total snaps across 11 games played. Vorhees used his size and strength to dominate in the trenches in both run formations as well as passing plays.




3. Emil Ekiyor

School: Alabama Crimson Tide

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

It is hard not to like Emil Ekiyor of the Alabama Crimson Tide as one of the best offensive guards in college football. Ekiyor who was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide did it all on the offensive side of the ball but more importantly as one of the best run blockers.

Based on the success of the Crimson Tide offense ranking in the top 15 in both scoring and total offense it is easy to understand why Ekiyor ranks among the best guards.

His play on the field this season earned him First-Team All-SEC honors while improving his overall draft status.




2. O’Cyrus Torrence

School: Florida Gators

Position: Right Guard
NFL Draft Status: 2023 NFL Draft

One name that helped improve his draft status during his play across the 2022 NCAA Football season is the Florida Gators right guard O’Cyrus Torrence.

Torrence, who transferred to the Gators after starting his career with the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns allowed just eight quarterback hurries and zero sacks over 11 games this season for the Gators. 

Torrence was able to use his size (6 foot 5 inches, 347) and strength to open up running holes and help protect the quarterback during passing plays. 



 

1. Cooper Beebe

School: Kansas State Wildcats

Position: Left Guard
NFL Draft Status: Returning to Kansas State

In at number one on the Top 10 College Football Offensive Guards January 2023 rankings list is the Kansas State Wildcats offensive lineman Cooper Beebe.

While Beebe would rate as high as any guard entering the 2022 NFL Draft officially announced “Ill Be Back” this week indicating his return for his senior season.

Beebe is coming off being named First-Team All-American as well as the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. It is hard to find a better all-around blocking offensive guard in all of college football.



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