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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Thayer Munford

Thayer Munford, G, Ohio State Buckeyes, 2022 NFL Draft

The tools are there for Munford to develop into a quality starting guard in the NFL

An All-Big Ten performer at both tackle and guard, Thayer Munford will attract plenty of interest in the 2022 NFL Draft. Likely ticketed for the interior, Munford has the length teams are looking for and possesses plenty of athleticism. There are some rough edges that need to be smoothed out but the tools are obvious and why he'll likely go at some point on Day 2 of the draft.

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Thayer Munford Draft Profile

College: Ohio State
Class: Sr.
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 315

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Strong Points

Munford was a solid tackle prospect before moving inside last season and putting together an excellent year in Columbus. He passes the eye test, with the length and — after dropping weight — the kind of athletic frame you’d expect from a left tackle prospect. He’s at his best as a mauler in the run game, firing off the line and showing his power at the point of attack, and he plays with a mean disposition when finishing blocks at the second level. His length and flexibility make him a quality pass protector on the inside.

Weak Points

His feet can get a bit sluggish, and Munford is going to have issues against quickness at the NFL level. He can sometimes be late getting out of his stance and ends up playing upright and sacrificing power and anchor ability. While he’s good in tight spaces, he tends to lunge and lose power the further he has to move as a run blocker.

Summary

Last season confirmed that Munford’s NFL future is at guard. While he has some bad habits to correct before he succeeds at the next level, the tools are there for him to be molded into a quality starter.

Final Grade: 3rd/4th Round

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