NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State OL Thayer Munford

by Pat Pryor
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Thayer Munford was a four year starter at Ohio State University, where he spent the first three years of his career at left tackle before bumping inside to guard for most of the 2021 season. Per PFF, he allowed 6 sacks during his career, protecting 1st round pick Justin Fields and Heisman finalist CJ Stroud. He brings experience and versatility to whatever team picks him in the NFL draft, and we cover what else he takes with him into the league.

NFL Draft Measurables

Height 6’5 6/8″ Wingspan 84-5/8” Vertical 22″
Weight 328 40-time 5.39 Bench 11
Hand 10-1/8″ Shuttle 4.77u 3-Cone 7.74u
Arm 35-1/8” Broad Jump 8’8″ RAS 6.63u 

How We Grade Players

Grade Player Meaning Grade Player Meaning
9.5-10 Generational Player 6.25-6.75 Average Starter
9-9.49 Top of Position 5.5-6.25 Below-Average Starter
8.5-8.99 All-Pro Caliber 5-5.4 Developmental Player
8-8.49 High End Starter 4.5-4.9 Special Teams Player
7.5-7.99 Pro-Bowl Caliber Player 4-4.4 Practice Squad
7-7.49 Above Average Starter 3-4 Journeyman PS
6.75-6.99 Slightly Above-Average 0-2.9 Free Agent

How We Grade Traits

Grade Trait Meaning Grade Trait Meaning
9.5-10 Nearly Perfect 6-6.4 Average
9-9.4 Top of Position 5.5-5.9 Below-Average
8.5-9 Great 5-5.4 Below-Average
8-8.4 Very Good 4.5-4.9 Poor
7.5-7.9 Good 4-4.4 Bad
7-7.4 Above Average 3-4 Very Bad
6.5-6.9 Slightly Above Average 0-2.9 Non-Existent

NFL Draft Evaluation

Trait Grade Trait Grade Trait Grade
Size 7.5 Awareness 6.5 Frame 6.5
Movement 5.25 Versatility 5.75 Strength 7.5
Play Strength 5.5 Agility 5
Anchor 6.25 Finishing 7
Hand Placement 6.5 Second Level 5.5
Hand Power 6.25 Footwork 6
Run Blocking 5.5 Leg Drive 6.75
Pass Blocking 5.75 Overall (OT) 5.96 Overall (IOL) 5.94

Strengths

Comes out of his stance with a solid pad level. Brings powerful leg drive on run plays, able to simply push over defenders. 35 in arms can latch onto any defenders in his vicinity, slowing them down. Has very good size for an interior lineman, average for an offensive tackle. Generally anchors well. Moves with defenders while pass blocking, backs up well. Constantly plays with a high motor and always stays involved in the play. Consistently good hand placement.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t always move well laterally. Not agile, which leads to him missing blocks coming across the line, while pulling, or on the second level. Inconsistent play strength, can vary between games and plays. Lacks the speed to pull or be effective on screens. Inconsistent hand power. Average athlete at best. Gets handsy, needs to cleanup or will get holding calls.

Summary

Munford moved inside to guard for Ohio State in 2021, and the move didn’t work out very well. He simply moved better as a tackle and has the measurables to play there. His general strength will limit what he is able to do as a tackle at he pro level, but he best fits there. If a team chooses to play him at guard, he’s best fit to play on a pass heavy team, but should be relatively versatile when it comes to run scheme. He’ll be able to play inside zone or power, but would suffer in wide zone. His agility and speed will limit what he is able to do at the second level or while pulling, but it’s manageable enough. He can come in and start somewhat quickly, but has a limited ceiling. If he improves his consistency he can be a below-average starter.

Scheme Fit: Pass-heavy Offense with Zone Run Scheme
Team Fits: GB, KC, ARI
Floor: Slightly Below Average Backup
Ceiling: Below Average Starter

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