Today's Best NFL Guards and Their Throwback Comparisons

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Today's Best NFL Guards and Their Throwback Comparisons
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
You had better be on your guard when lining up against New Engaland's Logan Mankins.

It is back to the trenches for the second time.

In our last episode of this 12-part throwback comparison series, we addressed some of the best offensive tackles in the league. This time around, we are looking at the six guards originally named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 (in December) and who they may compare to in terms of all-time greats. 

In case you're wondering, these performers are in no particular order and the list doesn't include the recent change to the Pro Bowl rosters. Hence, Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis and Chicago Bears rookie Kyle Long aren't included in the piece.

The criteria are multi-faceted and one legend doesn’t fit all. We are talking style as much as anything because after all, the eye test is still the best pop quiz ever. But other factors will be taken into account when making comparisons.

It’s worth noting that there were some impressive performances as rookies, most notably Long and the Detroit Lions Larry Warford. But we’ll let them hone their skills a little longer in the NFL before we compare them to the all-time greats. Maybe next year?

One reminder: This is not a ranking of the six best guards in the league. It’s some of the best players at their position and who they remind us of from the distant or not too distant past.

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