In the offensive lineman tips posts (click here for part 2) we discussed what NFL scouts look for offensive guards, but now what?

Marshal Yanda is one of the NFL’s best run-blocking guards. (ICON Sports)

Knowing what they look for is cool, but I think we need to take it a step further and take some action on this info!

Agreed?

If you’re like most guys that have dreams of playing pro football, you might have to train yourself.  To help you out, I’ve compiled a bunch of drills that you can do.

But not just any drills.  These are drills that will help you get better at most of the specific things NFL scouts look for when analyzing offensive guards.

A lot of drills out there require equipment of some kind.  But to help those on a budget, the drills listed below require little-to-no equipment to be purchased.

Disclaimer: If you’re injured, or have health issues, please consult with a doctor before doing any of this stuff.  I, nor Get2TheLeague.com is responsible if you hurt yourself, or tear-up your mom’s house trying to do these drills.

With that said, let’s continue.

>>Related: Offensive Lineman Workout for Tackles – Part 1

 

Knee bend


There’s a document from Hawgtuff.net that you should check out that covers this topic.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE DOCUMENT

At the top of the first page, you’ll see a drill called the “Shuffle-touch drill” which is designed to help you develop the habit of bending at the knees, while helping you with flexibility, as well.

The drill underneath it on the sheet, the “no hand slide drill” will help get the knee bend and pass protection technique that scouts wanna see.

Actually, there’s a bunch of drills on that sheet that can help you out in multiple facets of your game, so skim through the whole document.

 

Anchor strength/Ability to Sustain

 

Anchor strength, which is the ability to stand your ground against the defensive lineman, has a lot to do with technique, leverage, core strength and balance.

The drill in this video can be done in your living room with a dumbbell, but will help you increase your core muscle strength.

The below video takes you through a bunch of exercises that’ll help develop and strengthen the core area of your body.

>>Related: Core Training for Football – Why Core Training is a MUST for NFL Hopefuls – Part One

 

At livestrong.com, there’s an article titled Lineman Workouts that provides some advice on developing the strength to block at the line.

In the article, they state that Walter Jones, 9-time Pro Bowl and 7-time All-Pro offensive tackle, recommends dumbbell bench presses, shoulder shrugs, and shoulder presses to build up your upper-body strength.

They also mention that trainer Christopher Mohr, recommends deadlifts, front and back squats, and barbell lunges to improve performance on the line.

So go get it in.

 

Pulling/Trap Blocking

 

This coach in this video breaks down the technique behind pull blocking. (Courtesy footballcoachingsecrets.com)

This drill is great for working on pulling.  (Courtesy O-LineWorld.com)

This video goes over the basic technique of executing a trap block.

You’ll need three other people involved, plus a couple bags (unless you can make something up around the house to use).

This drill will get you comfortable with executing a trap block.

This drill’s just like the one above, except this one is for plays where the man you’re trapping is in closer proximity.

 

Lateral Agility/Quickness/Footwork

 

The drills in the video below will help you improve your lateral movement ability, knee bend and flexibility, pass blocking technique, explosion, and more.

The world famous dot drill.  Great drill to do to warm up before your workout.

In the below video, you’ll find some ladder drills that you can do to help you develop better lateral agility and better footwork overall.

The good thing about the ladder drill is that you don’t really need to buy a ladder; you can put tape or something on the ground and get the same results.

The video below introduces the 2-3-2-3 drill, which’ll help you with your lateral agility and quickness.  They’re using speed hurdles on the video, but you should be able to find something (or make something) around the house that you can use instead.

The video below shows you how to do the the mirror shuffle, mirror angle kick slide, slide run, and backward shuffle drills, to help you with your agility.

The plyometric drill in the video below can be done just about anywhere.  If you don’t have a platform around the house you can use, you can always do this one on the bench you use for the bench press at the gym.

The drills in the video below can be done without a band, but having a band will make the drills much more effective.

 

 

Body Control

 

I don’t think much explaining is needed on this one, just watching the video makes it pretty apparent that this’ll help you develop better body control.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2k0pnR5a-M

This is the same drill as the one above, except this one is done with one leg, instead of two.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE4ETafFCUc

This drill will help you with you body control as well.

The 90 degree “hip popper” drill is great for body control. (Courtesy basesathlete.com)

 

Balance

 

Now this drill works on your balance, and is definitely something you can do around the house.

I’m sure you have somebody around the house who wouldn’t mind to pushing you around a little.

The drill below will help you with your balance as well.

 

Hip Explosion

 

The exercises mentioned in our article How to Tackle Hard in Football will help you develop the explosion that scouts look for in guards.

You should be able to do the first and last drills on the video below without equipment.

The second drill requires a sled, but you might be able to put something together around the house or in the backyard that you can use instead if you don’t have access to one.

It’s often overlooked, but hip flexibility plays a huge part in developing explosion in your hips.  Increasing the range of motion in your hips is crucial.  The drills in the video below can help you with that.

 

Run Blocking

 

If you’re training yourself, you might be able to use some instruction on how to get your run blocking techique right.  The video below takes you through some drills you can do to get better at run blocking.

You might have something you can use around the house to substitue for the block pad.  If not, they’re not that expensive.  I’ve seen them online for $50, on the low end.

This video takes you through all the steps in the run blocking progression.

 

Pass Protection


Coach Brian Callahan, with some pass blocking fundamentals.

 

Some pass protection drills you can do.


Might be hard to find a wall you can throw medicine balls against, but the drills in the video will definitely help you get better in pass protection.

 

By the way, if you have any other drills that can help offensive guards, leave em in the comments!

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