45. Harvey Dahl, G, St. Louis Rams
Per Pro Football Focus, Harvey Dahl is one of just eight guards in the NFL to have rated as an above-average player in each of the previous four seasons. Dahl is a top run blocker and a solid enough pass blocker. The Rams made the right move inking Dahl to a four-year contract prior to the season; he should help to provide stability to an offensive line that isn’t giving Sam Bradford any time to throw the football.
44. Chris Snee, G, New York Giants
He’s Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law; hope that doesn’t make it awkward if he continues the decline he has shown the past several seasons and Coughlin has to part ways with him.
Chris Snee has been one of the best guards in the NFL since he took over as the starter eight years ago; his time with the New York Giants has coincided with Coughlin’s tenure as head coach and Eli Manning’s time as quarterback. Snee was a key part of the Giants team that won the Super Bowl in 2007 and led the NFL in rushing offense in 2008.
Snee’s play has dropped off at a steady rate over the years; in fact, 2011 was his worst season as a pro. He was overmatched in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, giving up two sacks and three quarterback pressures. He gets major points for his durability though, as Snee has missed just one game in the last seven seasons.
43. Nick Hardwick, C, San Diego Chargers
He’s gone from a defensive tackle on the scout team at Purdue University to a Pro Bowl center for one of the NFL’s highest scoring offenses. Nick Hardwick was at his best as a pass blocker in 2011, giving up just seven quarterback pressures and no sacks throughout the entire season. He’s actually gone 26 games without giving up a sack.
42. Bobbie Williams, G, Cincinnati Bengals
The former Philadelphia Eagles guard is arguably the most underrated offensive lineman in the NFL. Bobbie Williams isn’t flashy and few people outside of Cincinnati even know his name, but the reality is that he’s been one of the best guards in the league in recent years.
Williams has been an anchor of the Bengals line for eight seasons, during which he’s helped the team to the playoffs three times. He’s been instrumental in the development of 2009 first round draft pick Andre Smith, and has served as a veteran presence for the Bengals.
41. Maurkice Pouncey, C, Pittsburgh Steelers
His most memorable moment as a rookie was not being able to suit up for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl appearance, a move that may have contributed more to the Steelers’ loss than anything else.
Pouncey probably isn’t quite as good as people think he is, but that absolutely devastated the Steelers in the game against Green Bay. His backup, Doug Legursky, didn’t play very well, and the Steelers may actually have won with Pouncey.
Pouncey was inconsistent this year but earned his second Pro Bowl selection in as many years. He’s actually been named to the All-Pro team in both of his NFL seasons, and he should be an anchor for the next decade for a Steelers team that lacks a strong offensive line.