Editor's note: This is the sixth installment in Bleacher Report's NFL 1000 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through April 24, with NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the NFL 1000 page for more rankings.
Talented offensive guards are the forgotten men on the offensive line. But look at a great team and you’re destined to find them. They’re asked to power the run game and open up passing lanes on the inside for the quarterback. They’re asked to be bulldozers on one play and agile movers on the next.
The guard position asks a lot of a player. So who does it best? Not based on their total career, but based on 2013.
That’s what NFL 1000 aims to identify. Throw out the narratives and the fantasy football stats and dig into the film. Then we’ll see who comes out on top.
The B/R 1000 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance, on a 100-point scale.
Potential is not taken into consideration. Nor are career accomplishments.
Guards are judged on pass-blocking (50 points), run-blocking (50) and all the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to do both.
In the case of ties, our team asked, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
Each player was scouted by me and a team of experienced evaluators, with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.