NFL Guard Rankings

Jake DeWitt

Except in rare cases, having a good guard can make or break the performance of the rest of the offensive line (see Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn in Buffalo). Tier 1 players are guys that franchises can build an offensive line around. They perform above average as run blockers, pass blockers, and display extraordinary discipline. Tier 2 players may dominate in both facets of protection, but perhaps don’t have the longevity to show for it. They have a chance to emerge as Tier 1 athletes in the future. Tier 3 players are solid, but they play a supporting role in the greater offensive scheme. Tier 4 and Tier 5 players are serviceable, but replaceable.

Tier 1

1. Marshall Yanda (Baltimore Ravens)
2. Zack Martin (Dallas Cowboys)
3. Kelechi Osmele (Oakland Raiders)
4. Josh Sitton (Chicago Bears)
5. Jack Mewhort (Indianapolis Colts)
6. Trai Turner (Carolina Panthers)
7. David DeCastro (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Tier 2

8. Joel Bitonio (Cleveland Browns)
9. Kevin Zeitler (Cincinnati Bengals)
10. Gabe Jackson (Oakland Raiders)
11. Kyle Long (Chicago Bears)
12. TJ Lang (Green Bay Packers)
13. Richie Incognito (Buffalo Bills)
14. Evan Mathis (Denver Broncos)
15. Mike Iupati (Arizona Cardinals)
16. La’el Collins (Dallas Cowboys)

Tier 3

17. Justin Pugh (New York Giants)
18. Geoff Schwartz (New York Giants)
19. Larry Warford (Detroit Lions)
20. Logan Mankins (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
21. Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins)
22. Alex Boone (San Francisco 49ers)
23. Andrew Norwell (Carolina Panthers)
24. Brandon Brooks (Philadelphia Eagles)
25. Chance Warmack (Tennessee Titans)

Tier 4

26. Ramon Foster (Pittsburgh Steelers)
27. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Kansas City Chiefs)

Tier 5

28. Brian Winters (New York Jets)
29. James Carpenter (New York Jets)
30. Patrick Omameh (Jacksonville Jaguars)
31. Jeff Allen (Kansas City Chiefs)
32. Shaq Mason (New England Patriots)
33. Jonathan Cooper (New England Patriots)
34. Luke Joeckel (Jacksonville Jaguars)
35. Ali Marpet (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Author: Thrive Nation

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