2014 NFL Draft: Interior Offensive Linemen

Stanford's David Yankey is one of the top guards heading into the 2014 NFL Draft - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A look at some of the top guards and center in this year's NFL draft.

Over the last few years, the 49ers have often looked to address offensive line depth in the later rounds of the draft. At this point in the offseason, with Jonathan Goodwin's uncertainty around retirement and free agency looming for all-pro guard Mike Iupati in 2015, it would make sense to think the 49ers may be looking to address the offensive line earlier in the 2014 draft.

Of course, there are options to eventually fill both spots in-house with guard/tackle Daniel Kilgore seeing a bump in playing time last year as a sixth linemen, and guard/center Joe Looney having played decently well last season when given the opportunity.

With both tackle spots locked down for the foreseeable future, we'll focus our offensive line look on the interior, guards and centers.

SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn top-ten guards:

1. Xavier Su'a-Filo | 6'3, 305 pounds | Guard | UCLA *

2. Zack Martin | 6'4, 305 pounds | Offensive tackle | Notre Dame

3. Cyril Richardson | 6'5, 335 pounds | Guard | Baylor

4. David Yankey | 6'5, 313 pounds | Guard | Stanford *

5. Gabe Jackson | 6'4, 320 pounds | Guard | Mississippi State

6. Anthony Steen | 6'2, 312 pounds | Guard | Alabama

7. Spencer Long | 6'4, 315 pounds | Guard | Nebraska

8. Joe Bitonio | 6'4, 315 pounds | Guard | Nevada

9. Trai Turner | 6'3, 316 pounds | Guard | LSU *

10. Chris Burnette | 6'2, 314 pounds | Guard | Georgia

Martin is a name that has really gained some steam since last month's Senior Bowl. Martin is capable of playing both guard and tackle and was often considered one of the better offensive linemen during the Senior Bowl practices. He was the only lineman to consistently matchup well with top DT Aaron Donald.

I think Richardson is probably ranked a little too high. To be fair, these rankings are pre-senior bowl where Richardson struggled mightily in pass-pro. Still he's a mountain of a man and a devastating run blocker.

Yankey is considered to be the top guard in this class by many. If the 49ers decide to look for Iupati's replacement this year one would have to think the All-American's name will be at or near the top of the initial list. (It's hard to believe the 49ers will pony up the necessary dollars to keep Iupati next year. It's going to be expensive.) Yankey is a very athletic, mobile guard capable of succeeded in a system like the 49ers utilize where the guards are asked to pull a lot.

Fairburn ranks the centers as follows:

1. Gabe Ikard | 6'3, 298 pounds | Center | Oklahoma

2. Travis Swanson | 6'4, 314 pounds | Center | Arkansas

3. Weston Richburg | 6'4, 300 pounds | Center | Colorado State

4. Marcus Martin | 6'3, 310 pounds | Center | Southern California *

5. Tyler Larsen | 6'3, 310 pounds | Center | Utah State

6. Russell Bodine | 6'4, 310 pounds | Center | North Carolina *

7. Bryan Stork | 6'3, 312 pounds | Center | Florida State

8. Khalil Wilkes | 6'3, 286 pounds | Center | Stanford

9. Zac Kerin | 6'5, 300 pounds | Center | Toledo

10. James Stone | 6'3, 291 pounds | Center | Tennessee

*Indicates underclassmen

I was a little surprised to see Ikard ranked as number one. I haven't watched him as much as I'd like to by my first instincts are that he's a little light and may struggle with powerful defensive linemen. If the 49ers look to replace Goodwin with an early round draft pick I think they'd look elsewhere.

Richburg really got a boost in momentum following the Senior Bowl. Coming from a small school, Richburg held his own against big named competition and impressed with his legs using them well in both pass pro and run blocking. Richburg also started every single game of his four-year career. That's an incredible display of durability that will only further his chance to be the first center off the board, maybe in the second round.

Versatility, as it seems from the current 49er roster, is a must for back up linemen. While others on this list may eventually prove to be capable of handling multiple positions few have the experience like Bryan Stork. Stork was the 2013 Remington Winner for the nation's top center but he has extensive experience at both guard and tackle. He has started at both left and right guard and was the main backup at both tackle spots throughout his career at FSU.

Regardless of how it plays out between now and draft day for Goodwin and given the unlikely re-sign of Iupati in 2015, I'd expect the 49ers to draft at least two linemen this year; one in the early to mid rounds and another in the later rounds.

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