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Top 10 Offensive Guards in NFL 2021 Rankings

Ranking the best Offensive Guards as Quinton Nelson leads the way going into the 2021-2022 NFL Season

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By Brandon Walker | November 11, 2021 - 08:49 PM

Amongst positions and offensive lines the offensive guards are the most underappreciated and most physically demanding position in the National Football League. Guards don’t have stats that you can go by, however, they make most offenses go around because they have to pull in the running game and keep 300 plus pound behemoths of your quarterbacks and ball carriers. In my and most people's opinions, Quinton Nelson is the supreme player in the league right now and will probably be for at least the next five years.




Top 10 Offensive Guards

  1. Michael Onwenu

Team(s): New England Patriots

Onwenu was a top prospect that performed well at guard and both tackle positions last season and the Patriots were comfortable letting Joe honey walk in free agency in the offseason.




  1. Wyatt Teller

Team(s): Cleveland Browns

Teller progressed into an elite run-blocker in 2020 with a grade of 93.6 according to Pro Football Focus, which was the highest at his position in the NFL. He would be higher but he allowed three sacks in 2020 so he needs to shore that up o be on top of this list in the future.




  1. Rodger Saffold

Team(s): Tennessee Titans

Saffold came over from the Rams two years ago and has helped Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry play at elite levels. He has been one of the most consistent guards in the game when he is healthy.




  1. Brandon Scherff

Team(s): Washington Football Team

Scherff has been one of the best guards in the NFL since he was drafted fifth overall in 2015. He had his best season in 2020 with a PFF overall grade of 86.3. He has battled some injuries over the last couple of seasons however.




  1. Ali Marpet

Team(s): Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Marpet was an integral part of the Buccaneers Super Bowl run on2020. Marpet may have been their best lineman by playing nine perfect pass protection games, which is not allowing any sack, pressures, or hurries.




  1. Shaq Mason

Team(s): New England Patriots

Mason has been grading out at least an 80 in run blocking in four of the past five seasons. He graded out at a career-best 88.1 in 2020. Mason has improved significantly in 2021 in pass protection after struggling last season.




  1. Joe Thuney

Team(s): Kansas City Chiefs

Thuney has only allowed only three sacks over the past three-plus seasons and Kansas City paid him very handsomely to protect Patrick Mahomes and make the difference in getting Kansas City back to the top of the AFC.




  1. Joel Botonio

Team(s): Cleveland Browns

Botonio's skill and technique are a perfect example of an elite pass-blocking guard in today's NFL. Botonio had graded at 85 or above in pass blocking in each of the past four seasons. Botonio only gave up one sack in 2020 and he is not a shabby run blocker either.




  1. Zach Martin

Team(s): Dallas Cowboys

Martin has had some injuries over the past couple of seasons, but he is still an elite guard still in his prime when he is on the field and he had a run-blocking grade of 92 when he got injured last season.




  1. Quinton Nelson

Team(s): Indianapolis Colts

Nelson was the best player regardless of position going into the 2018 draft, and boy he has lived up to expectations. Nelson has been PFF's Most Valuable Player at guard in each season he has been in the league.



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