There is a reason why as many as three guards might go in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. It is a position that lacks the talent that we have seen in the past.
In many ways, the erosion of the guard position can be summed up in the growing idea that the best and most talented players along this unit play on the outside.
With that said, we have seen a bunch of young players added to the pool of talent at guard, which means that it could be on the upswing right now. Teams are taking an added importance and investing a lot more in this position as the entire offensive dynamic in the NFL has changed over the last few seasons.
Guard is also an extremely difficult position to gauge. While we can take a look at sack percentage and quarterback pressures when it comes to tackle, the same is much more cloudy when talking about the interior of the line.
This article is going to rank the top 10 guards in the NFL. I will utilize advanced statistics when drawing a conclusion about which guards are the best.
Please don't look at name recognition alone when reading this article. Instead, read the slides and draw your own conclusion.