G Rankings 2021 NFL Guard Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State: Round 2, 2. Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC: Round 2, 3. Trey Smith, G, Tennessee: Round 2, 4. Quinn Meinerz, G, Wisconsin-Whitewater: Round 3, 5. Deonte Brown, G, Alabama: Round 3, 6. Ben Cleveland, G, Georgia: Round 4, 7. Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame: Round 4, 8. David Moore, G, Grambling State: Round 4, 9. Royce Newman, G, Ole Miss: Round 5, 10. Kendrick Green, G, Illinois: Round 5, 11. Robert Jones, G, Middle Tennessee State: Round 6, 12. Jack Anderson, G, Texas Tech: Round 6, 13. Robert Hainsey, G, Notre Dame: Round 7, 14. Tommy Kraemer, G, Notre Dame: Round 7, 15. Sadarius Hutcherson, G, South Carolina: Round 7












2021 NFL Draft: Guard Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: March 25, 2021.



  1. Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 315 lb Wyatt Davis can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively on the offensive line. Wyatt Davis started every game in 2020. He left the Clemson game with a right leg injury before leaving the Alabama game with a left leg injury. One has to wonder how durable Wyatt Davis will be in the NFL with those two leg injuries. Luckily for him, he will have a chance to clear that up with NFL scouts at Ohio State's Pro Day next week.


    Wyatt Davis SWOT Report

    Strengths: Wyatt Davis is a natural pass blocker. He did not have a single sack allowed in 2019 and only 1 quarterback hurry allowed all season in 2019. His run blocking and zone blocking is superb as well. His pass blocking footwork and run blocking footwork checks out. High football IQ.


    Described as a fire hydrant in terms of blocking at the guard position because he's so difficult to move. When he keeps his back straight he bulldozes opposing defenders on running plays. He keeps his feet wide apart which is why defenders get very little wiggle room against Ohio State's right guard. Wyatt Davis shows a terrific core for a guard prospect.


    Extremely durable. Durability is not an issue. Displays excellent leadership. Has a lot of experience on special teams. He's probably the most experienced offensive lineman on special teams of any offensive lineman in this draft. He'll be a starting right guard in the NFL, so I doubt he plays on special teams.


    Weaknesses: Wyatt Davis needs to improve his pass blocking strength and run blocking strength. He wasn't as dominant in 2020 as he was in 2019. He struggled against Penn State's defensive line along with Alabama's defensive line. Wyatt Davis admitted that Christian Barmore outplayed him. Wyatt Davis struggled with the kick slide drill which was something Chris Lindstrom, the top guard in 2019 struggled with too. Also he does not do well with double teams. His knee bend also needs to improve, but he's a pretty complete guard for the most part when he keeps his back straight. He needs to keep his back straight more often.


    Opportunities: 13. Los Angeles Chargers, 27. Baltimore Ravens, 34. New York Jets, 38. Cincinnati Bengals, and 39. Carolina Panthers. Realistically, Wyatt Davis is a first to second round prospect. I mocked him to the Cincinnati Bengals at 38 in my last three round mock draft.


    Threats: Wyatt Davis suffered a right leg injury against Clemson and a left leg injury against Alabama in Ohio State's two games in the 2021 College Football Playoff. This makes me wonder how durable Wyatt Davis is despite being the only guard with a ceiling of a Pro Bowl guard in the 2021 NFL Draft. It's also a reason why I have a second round grade on Wyatt Davis.


    Potential Grade: 90/99



    Before 2020

    Wyatt Davis is the grandson of former NFL Hall Of Famer Willie Davis. Wyatt Davis was also a two-sport athlete in High School playing both football and basketball. He was a five star recruit as well as the top guard in his recruiting class after playing offensive tackle in High School. He committed to Ohio State. He started the final two games at right guard in 2018 before becoming the starting right guard on Ohio State in 2019.




  2. Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC Projected Round 2nd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 308 lb Alijah Vera-Tucker made the transition from left guard to left tackle. He also won the Morris Trophy and was voted top offensive lineman by the PAC 12 in 2020. He had 36-reps on the bench press and ran a 5.10 40-time. He also looked good in the 3-cone drill at USC's Pro Day.


    Alijah Vera-Tucker SWOT Report

    Strengths: Alijah Vera-Tucker has the best athleticism and initial quickness of any offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft. His run blocking and zone blocking is superb as well. Run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork for a guard checks out as well. High football IQ. Keeps his back straight. Shows proper knee bend.


    Weaknesses: He's a better run blocker than he is a pass blocker. His pass blocking, pass blocking strength, and pass blocking footwork all need to improve despite his high ceiling and superb athleticism. He has average foot speed as a pass blocker despite moving his feet well.


    Opportunities: 13. Los Angeles Chargers, 27. Baltimore Ravens, 34. New York Jets, 38. Cincinnati Bengals, and 39. Carolina Panthers. Realistically, Alijah Vera-Tucker is a first to second round prospect. I mocked him to the Carolina Panthers at 39 in my last three round mock draft.


    Threats: He's more durable than Wyatt Davis, but does not have the upside that Davis has. Alijah Vera-Tucker is my boom or bust prospect among the offensive lineman in this draft. I've always valued pass blockers over run blockers and I feel his pass blocking is a huge project despite his elite athleticism.


    Potential Grade: 89/99



    Before 2020

    Alijah Vera-Tucker played left guard in 2019. He's making the transition to left tackle in 2020.




  3. Trey Smith, G, Tennessee Projected Round 2nd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-5 321 lb Trey Smith can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively on the offensive line. He can line up at left tackle, left guard, right guard, or right tackle. He did well at left guard with Tennessee this season. Trey Smith got invited to the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl and did well during his week in Mobile. He did 32-reps on the bench press at Tennessee's Pro Day.


    Trey Smith SWOT Report

    Strengths: Trey Smith has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, and pass blocking footwork checks out on tape. His run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork also checks out on tape. He's a good zone blocker too. The pass blocking footwork and run blocking footwork checks out. Keeps his back straight. Shows proper knee bend. Has long arms and ideal arm length for a starting guard. Has the best intangibles of any guard in this draft class.


    Extremely durable. Durability is not an issue. Displays excellent leadership. Gets to the second level. Trey Smith improved his hand placement on blocks at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl which was his biggest weakness heading into Mobile. This makes me comfortable in drafting Trey Smith in the first two rounds.


    Weaknesses: There are concerns about his agility if a team decides to use him as an offensive tackle in the NFL. Like Alijah Vera-Tucker he projects better as a guard.


    Opportunities: 38. Cincinnati Bengals, 39. Carolina Panthers, 47. Los Angeles Chargers, 55. Pittsburgh Steelers, and 58. Baltimore Ravens. I have a second round grade on Trey Smith.


    Threats: Medical issues with a blood clot forced him out of action halfway through the 2018 season. Trey Smith has been healthy the last two years.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2020

    Trey Smith was a five star recruit with the versatility to play offensive tackle or guard on either side of the offensive line coming out of High School. Trey Smith dominated in 2019 allowing 0 sacks along with Wyatt Davis.




  4. Quinn Meinerz, G, Wisconsin-Whitewater Projected Round 3rd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-3 320 lb Quinn Meinerz can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively on the offensive line. He did well at left guard at Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2019. Division III football got shutdown in 2020. Quinn Meinerz dominated both the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl and Wisconsin-Whitewater's 2021 Pro Day.


    Quinn Meinerz SWOT Report

    Strengths: Quinn Meinerz has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. He's got the pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. Good initial quickness off the snap. Can pull block.


    Extremely durable. Durability is not an issue. Displays excellent leadership. Gets to the second level. Has a tremendous work ethic. Versatile enough to play left guard, center, or right guard. Can line up anywhere on the interior offensive line.


    Weaknesses: Quinn Meinerz has a tendency to lunge at defenders. This is really the only weakness I see with Meinerz.


    Opportunities: 55. Pittsburgh Steelers, 58. Baltimore Ravens, 68. Atlanta Falcons, 69. Cincinnati Bengals, and 70. Philadelphia Eagles. I mocked Quinn Meinerz to Kansas City in the third round after the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl before he dominated Wisconsin-Whitewater's Pro Day. I see a top 70 prospect that's a second to third rounder.


    Threats: There are no threats with Quinn Meinerz. I'd argue he's the safest guard in the draft. The only guards that I ranked ahead of Meinerz were Wyatt Davis, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Trey Smith. You can honestly make the argument that Meinerz is a safer prospect than those guards even though those guards have a higher ceiling.


    Potential Grade: 87/99



    Before 2020

    Quinn Meinerz played left guard for Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2019. He will not play in 2020 due to Division III getting cancelled due to Covid-19.




  5. Deonte Brown, G, Alabama Projected Round 3rd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-3 364 lb Deonte Brown can pass block and run block. He never gave up a sack in his four years as a starting guard on Alabama. He's versatile enough to play both left guard and right guard. Deonte Brown played right guard in 2019. He made the switch to left guard in 2020. He played both guard spots in practice at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. He also lost 18 lbs to get down to 346 lbs at Alabama's 2021 Pro Day.


    Deonte Brown SWOT Report

    Strengths: Deonte Brown is good at pass blocking and run blocking. Is a mammoth with elite run blocking strength. Is versatile enough to play left guard and right guard. Has a high football IQ.


    Weaknesses: Possesses very heavy feet. Pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, and run blocking footwork needs to improve. He gave up his fair share of quarterback hurries during the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl in practice after only giving up 2 hurries on film all season in 2020.


    Opportunities: 68. Atlanta Falcons, 69. Cincinnati Bengals, 70. Philadelphia Eagles, 73. Carolina Panthers, and 77. Los Angeles Chargers. Deonte Brown is a third round talent. He should be picked in the top eighty, but where he ends up is going to depend on who is in the market for a guard.


    Threats: Can Deonte Brown control his weight. This is the biggest issue with Deonte Brown moving forward.


    Potential Grade: 87/99



    Before 2020

    Deonte Brown played left guard in 2018. He earned the starting right guard job in 2019. He's moving back to left guard in 2020.




  6. Ben Cleveland, G, Georgia Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-6 354 lb Ben Cleveland can pass block and run block effectively on the offensive line. He's got the body of a righ tackle, but he played right guard at Georgia. Ben Cleveland showed the versatility to play both left guard and right guard during the first day of the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl before leaving the Senior Bowl with a sprained ankle injury. He ran a 4.97-40 time at Georgia's Pro Day at 343 lbs losing 11 lbs since the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. He dominated Georgia's 2021 Pro Day.


    Ben Cleveland SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ben Cleveland is good at pass blocking and run blocking. He's versatile enough to play left guard and right guard. Ben Cleveland has the pass blocking strength and run blocking strength of a starting NFL guard.


    Weaknesses: Projects best as a guard in the NFL due to a lack of foot speed. He struggles with pass blocking footwork and run blocking footwork too. Needs to improve as a zone blocker. Doesn't always show the necessary lateral agility on passing plays.


    Opportunities: 103. Los Angeles Rams, 107. New York Jets, 109. Houston Texans, 111. Cincinnati Bengals, and 116. New York Giants. I have a fourth round grade on Ben Cleveland, but one team that could take him in the late third round is the Los Angeles Rams with Austin Corbett at right guard.


    Threats: Ben Cleveland has durability concerns. He suffered a season ending injury in 2018 before suffering the ankle injury in day 1 of the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. That is why I think he will fall to day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.


    Potential Grade: 87/99



    Before 2020

    Ben Cleveland has the body of an offensive tackle. He's played right guard during his entire career at Georgia.




  7. Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-5 338 lb Aaron Banks can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively on the offensive line. He's not as versatile as his predecessor Alex Bars or as talented as Bars predecessor Quinton Nelson. Aaron Banks did pretty good at left guard for Notre Dame in 2020. He also did well at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.


    Aaron Banks SWOT Report

    Strengths: Aaron Banks is good at pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. He's got the pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork that you want an NFL left guard to have. He's extremely durable. He's got a mauler mentality and packs a punch on run blocks. Exceptional leg drive. Showed he's got the stamina to be a starting left guard in the NFL during his Senior Bowl week in Mobile.


    Weaknesses: His pass blocking strength needs to improve. He also lets defenders get their hands on his chest a lot. Lacks elite change of direction This was something I saw during one rep in Mobile that Voch Lombardi broke down where Tarron Jackson beat one of Notre Dame's guards.


    Opportunities: 107. New York Jets, 108. Atlanta Falcons, 109. Houston Texans, 113. Carolina Panthers, and 119. Minnesota Vikings. I have a fourth round grade on Notre Dame guard Aaron Banks and think he's worthy of being picked in the first 120 picks. Jim Nagy who runs the Reese's Senior Bowl called Banks a top 75 prospect so he could go earlier than where I have him projected.


    Threats: Aaron Banks is a much safer prospect than his predecessor Alex Bars who had durability concerns. Banks is probably the safest guard in the draft outside of Quinn Meinerz.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    Aaron Banks came in to play for Alex Bars in 2018. He took the starting left guard job at Notre Dame in 2019. He heads into his third season as a starting left guard for Notre Dame in 2020.




  8. David Moore, G, Grambling State Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 350 lb David Moore played left guard at Grambling State. Grambling State did not have a season in 2020 due to Covid-19. Grambling State's left guard showed the versatility to play left guard, center, and right guard at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. David Moore knocked Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson flat on his ass in Mobile.


    I posted a film cut of Grambling State left guard David Moore VS Southern. Go ahead and check it out.




    David Moore SWOT Report

    Strengths: David Moore has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Has the pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. Can pancake block, pull block, and cut block effectively at the next level. He finds good angles.


    Weaknesses: David Moore corrected his weaknesses in Mobile and turned those into strengths. David Moore looks like someone who could be one of the biggest steals in the 2021 NFL Draft.


    Opportunities: 108. Atlanta Falcons, 109. Houston Texans, 113. Carolina Panthers, 119. Minnesota Vikings, and 128 Pittsburgh Steelers. A few of these teams like Atlanta, Houston, and Pittsburgh can draft David Moore as a guard or a center.


    Threats: David Moore has no threats. You could honestly make an argument for him being the safest guard in the draft outside of Quinn Meinerz and Aaron Brooks.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    David Moore played left guard for Grambling State in 2019. Doug Williams interviewed him in 2020 after he accepted an invite to the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.




  9. Royce Newman, G, Ole Miss Projected Round 5th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-5 310 lb Royce Newman played right tackle at Ole Miss in 2020 making the transition from left guard in 2019 to right tackle only allowing 2 sacks in 420 snaps in 2020. He kicked inside to guard lining up at both left guard or right guard in the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.


    Royce Newman SWOT Report

    Strengths: Royce Newman is good at pass blocking, and zone blocking. His pass blocking footwork and run blocking footwork is outstanding as well.


    Weaknesses: Does not possess pass blocking strength or run blocking strength to maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds, but can be a constant blocker for 3-5 seconds. Bigger defenders will be able to outperform him. He struggles with mirroring opponents mainly due to his stiff hips. He struggles with pad level in the running game.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Royce Newman. I see a good backup guard with Royce Nemwan.


    Threats: There are no threats with Royce Newman. Just a limited ceiling. He projects as a backup guard in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2020

    Royce Newman only gave up 1 sack in 416 snaps in 2019 at left guard. Royce Newman is making the transition from left guard and right tackle in 2020.




  10. Kendrick Green, G, Illinois Projected Round 5th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 315 lb Kendrick Green played right guard at Illinois. He ran a 4.85 40-time and did 25-reps on the Bench Press. His strong Pro Day makes him someone who provides fantastic value in the fifth round.


    Kendrick Green SWOT Report

    Strengths: Kendrick Green knows how to win the leverage battles inside. Has the pass blocking, run blocking, zone blocking, pass blocking footwork, and run blocking footwork to dominate. Is versatile enough to play left guard, center, or right guard. He can kick slide well.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve pass blocking strength and run blocking strength. Needs to improve hand placement on blocks. Tries to get an arm on multiple defenders rather than sticking to his original block.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Kendrick Green. I see a very good high end backup at right guard.


    Threats: There are no threats with Kendrick Green. Just a limited ceiling. He projects as a backup guard.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2020

    Kendrick Green has experience at left guard and center. He's moving to right guard in 2020. If he does well at right guard, he'll be the first offensive lineman with experience on all three spots of the Illinois offensive line since Ted Karras.




  11. Robert Jones, G, Middle Tennessee State Projected Round 6th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 319 lb Robert Jones played right tackle at Middle Tennessee State. He kicked inside to right guard at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.


    Robert Jones SWOT Report

    Strengths: Robert Jones has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking to succeed.


    Extremely durable. Durability is not an issue. May be the best downfield blocking guard in the 2021 NFL Draft.


    Weaknesses: Robert Jones is not a pull blocker or a pancake blocker on passing downs. He looked good in limited action in Mobile.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Robert Jones. I have him projected as a high end backup in the NFL.


    Threats: Robert Jones only has two years of experience as a starter at Middle Tennessee State. He was a JUCO transfer heading into 2019.


    Potential Grade: 83/99



    Before 2020

    A two sport athlete that played football and basketball in High School. In fact Robert Jones, was a basketball standout in High School prior to committing to Football. Robert Jones spent his first two seasons at Highland Community College in Kansas before transferring to Middle Tennessee State. He allowed 0 sacks in 2019. Another strong season could get him drafted as a late round pick.




  12. Jack Anderson, G, Texas Tech Projected Round 6th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 309 lb Jack Anderson is a nice guard prospect with the versatility to play either guard spot at left guard or right guard. He has his moments on tape, but I see a swing guard in the NFL that you can get late in this draft.


    Jack Anderson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jack Anderson has the pass blocking, pass blocking footwork, and zone blocking to be an effective NFL guard. Kick slides effectively. He's got a high football IQ too. The rest of his game is a work in progress.


    Weaknesses: Struggled with pass blocking strength, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. Needs to improve his hand placement on blocks. He's not an impressive athlete. He relies on his technique more than his athleticism.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Jack Anderson. Jack Anderson could be an effective backup guard in the right system.


    Threats: Jack Anderson has missed some time with injuries making durability somewhat of a concern. I see more of a backup then a full-time starter.


    Potential Grade: 82/99



    Before 2020

    Jack Anderson will enter his fourth season as the starting right guard for Texas Tech in 2020. A big season could get Anderson drafted as a day 3 pick.




  13. Robert Hainsey, G, Notre Dame Projected Round 7th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 302 lb Robert Hainsey played right tackle at Notre Dame. He projects as a guard at the next level after participating in the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.


    Robert Hainsey SWOT Report

    Strengths: Has the run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking you want in a guard. He showed the versatility to play left guard, center, and right guard in Mobile after playing right tackle at Notre Dame. Was voted a team captain along with left tackle Liam Eichenberg on Notre Dame in 2019. He was part of a Notre Dame offensive line that didn't allow any sacks against South Florida, Florida State, and Boston College in 2020.


    Weaknesses: Horrible Pass blocking, pass blocking strength and pass blocking footwork. It didn't matter where Robert Hainsey lined up on passing plays in Mobile whether it was left guard, center, or right guard. Interior defensive lineman abused him. Takes bad angles.


    Opportunities: Robert Hainsey is a seventh round pick on my guard rannkings. Some big boards have him projected to go a little higher than I do.


    Threats: Suffered a season ending injury in 2019. Durability may be an issue with Robert Hainsey.


    Potential Grade: 77/99



    Before 2020

    Robert Hainsey has a lot of experience at right tackle. Notre Dame may be able to surprise some people if Liam Eichenberg and Robert Hainsey stay healthy as seniors.




  14. Tommy Kraemer, G, Notre Dame Projected Round 7th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-5 317 lb Tommy Kraemer can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively at times. The four year starter is mainly a right guard.


    Tommy Kraemer SWOT Report

    Strengths: Has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking you want in a guard. His pass blocking strength and run blocking strength is good.


    Weaknesses: Horrible pass blocking footwork and run blocking footwork. Takes bad angles. Struggled with kick sliding at right tackle which is why he moved inside to guard. Still struggles with kick sliding. Needs to improve his balance.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round pick on Tommy Kraemer. He's a late round pick for me even though I've seen him ranked higher on a lot of boards.


    Threats: Tommy Kraemer has durability issues like Robert Hainsey and I'd argue his durability concerns are more serious since he never started a full season for Notre Dame always missing at least one game. Both are seventh round picks on my guard rankings for a reason, but Kraemer is better in pass protection than Hainsey from what I've seen on tape despite not getting looked at as heavily by NFL scouts as Hainsey.


    Potential Grade: 76/99



    Before 2020

    Tommy Kraemer is a good right guard prospect. If he has a big senior season he could shoot up draft boards.




  15. Sadarius Hutcherson, G, South Carolina Projected Round 7th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 321 lb Sadarius Hutcherson made the transition back to left guard in 2020 after playing left tackle in 2019. Sadarius Hutcherson had a 4.95 40-time and did 36-reps on the bench press at South Carolina's Pro Day.


    Sadarius Hutcherson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Sadarius Hutcherson can pass block, run block, and zone block. Versatile enough to play left guard or right guard. Displays great pass blocking strength and run blocking strength.


    Extremely durable. Durability is not an issue.


    Weaknesses: Pass blocking footwork and run blocking footwork will be issues for Sadarius Hutcherson. His inconsistent snap anticipation and balance are also issues he will have to address despite his strong Pro Day.


    Opportunities: Sadarius Hutcherson is a guy I have a seventh round grade on. He's a nice late round pick and was a 2021 second round pick on my second 2021 NFL Mock Draft back in May.


    Threats: He didn't play in Mobile. There's a chance Sadarius Hutcherson goes undrafted.


    Potential Grade: 75/99



    Before 2020

    He started at both left guard and right guard spots in 2018 and projects as a guard in the NFL. He started every game at left tackle in 2019. He's expected to move back to guard in 2020.







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