Editor's note: This is the fifth installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
Interior linemen often go unnoticed compared to their outside counterparts, the cornerstone left tackles who get all the accolades for protecting the quarterback. This season is no different, as the guards and centers travel more under the radar than the high-profile tackles.
Guards and centers are integral to the efforts of a team in both the run and the pass. These are the guys who take care of the push from the defensive tackles and handle the defenders who attempt to penetrate between the center and guard. A quality interior lineman needs good pass protection and high level run-blocking skills.
We looked around the nation, viewing run-heavy and pass-heavy schemes in putting together this list. Looking at both pass- and run-blocking, we’ve put together the B/R CFB 250 list for the best collegiate interior linemen. And if there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these interior linemen are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where these players may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projection at the end of each player slide.