If you had to pick two guards to start on an NFL team for a game today, which two would you pick?
That was the question we faced when scouting, grading and ranking the top 70 guards in the NFL based on the 2012 season. It's the latest position in our second annual B/R NFL 1,000 series, which continues into April.
Unlike last year's series, left and right guards are mixed here. They are scored on a 100-point scale, split equally between their pass-blocking and run-blocking.
Our team of experienced scouts took a look at every guard who logged more than 200 snaps this season and came together with a list of the best of the best. A player's career achievements and potential are not part of the assessment.
In the case of ties, I have asked myself, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly. Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.