NFL Top 10 Right Guards

April 7, 2010 by

Friendly Disclaimer: The following list is influenced largely — but not strictly — by film study of all 32 teams from the 2009 season. It is not a prediction for the 2010 season, though the future isn’t utterly ignored. Vague enough for you? Top 10 lists tend to be. That’s why most of you will have no trouble finding ways to gripe over what you’re about to read.

10. Louis Vasquez, San Diego Chargers

Transitioned from Texas Tech spread offense to pro game very well as a rookie last season.

9. Deuce Lutui, Arizona Cardinals

Not athletic enough to build your attack around, but has polished himself into a stellar puzzle piece. Can be nasty, too.

8. Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One of the few players capable of landing multiple blocks on one play. If he ever becomes consistent, he’ll be a perennial Pro Bowler.

7. Stephen Neal, New England Patriots

Once he gets his hands on you, it’s usually over.

6. Keydrick Vincent, Carolina Panthers (currently a Free Agent)

Just an okay pass-blocker, but his mobility – particularly at the second level – was a big component in Carolina’s third-ranked rushing attack last season.

5. Chris Kuper, Denver Broncos

Excellent athleticism for his size. Quick, and lands well-placed blocks on the move.

4. Brandon Moore, New York Jets

One of the most underappreciated players in the NFL. Arguably New York’s steadiest lineman.

3. Chris Snee, New York Giants

Gritty, mobile (or, extremely mobile by right guard standards) and, for the most part, fundamentally sound.

2. Leonard Davis, Dallas Cowboys

When you’re 6’6”, 365 pounds and know how to use your size, you’re going to make pretty much any Top 10 list.

1. Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints

The gap between Evans and Davis might be the biggest gap between No. 1 and 2 players in any Top 10 list.

Wait, What About….

Forget it. Anyone you mention is going to be, at best, a model of mediocrity. There’s a reason right guard is the NFL’s most unglamorous position.

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