Operating deep in the trenches, right guards get little exposure—at least until they're badly exposed by the opposing team's defense. It takes an attentive eye to see which guards are best at doing their jobs, but a close look can answer the question, "Who are the best right guards in the NFL?"
To find out, we've determined what makes up a great guard and how well each 2011 starter represents those traits. The quest comes as part of the B/R NFL 1,000. The new series offers an in-depth look at every position in the NFL, breaking down players' skills in a way never before seen on the Internet.
B/R 1,000 rankings don't assess who had the best year or even who has the most potential. Rather, players—in this case, right guards—are judged on their current skills and mechanics, based on film study of the 2011 NFL preseason and regular season only.
After hours spent scouting every starter and every potential starter, the top 32 right guards have been scored in 10 criteria (here's more on the criteria). In the slides that follow, we'll explain each player's strengths and weaknesses as the final ranking is revealed.