Christian Petersen/Getty Images
With offensive guard becoming more and more important in today's passing league, teams are willing to use a high draft pick to shore up a future Pro Bowl guard. Luckily for NFL teams, offensive guard is a rather deep and talented position in 2012.
David DeCastro, Stanford
DeCastro is the best guard prospect we've seen in years. He will likely fight for a Pro Bowl spot his first year in the league.
The only way you could find a fault in his game is if you took it under a super-powered microscope. He's simply that good.
Cordy Glenn, Georgia
This mammoth of a man has a huge lower frame and loves to get physical in tight spaces on the offensive line.
Once Glenn puts his hands on a defensive lineman, the battle is pretty well over. He is that strong and powerful in both the run and pass game.
Some teams may try to move Glenn to tackle, but that would be a big mistake. As a guard, Glenn has All-Pro written all over him.
Brandon Washington, Miami
The next three guards are all going to need time to develop, but once they do, they should all be very good players.
Washington is the best and most polished of the three, mostly because of the fact that he played at a big university. However, he still struggles with footwork and getting leverage at the initial point of contact.
Those are two things that will quickly be worked out in the NFL, and Washington will be a talented player once they do.
Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
Technique is the biggest issue that Silatolu has right now, but that is mainly because he hasn't had the coaching that these other guards have had.
As of today, Silatolu is ready to dominate in the run game. He loves to get in open space and does well at finding a player and sticking to them.
His pass protection skills need some work, but once again, that will come with proper coaching. Silatolu has as much or more potential than any of the other high-caliber guards in the draft.
Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio)
The right team will have to draft Brooks, but if that does happen he could turn into quite the player.
Brooks is a big, wide player with natural power and girth. He plays well in both the run and pass game. He also displays some impressive quickness for how big of a kid he is.
Once Brooks gets to the NFL, he should have little difficulty getting into the starting lineup.