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NFL1000 Guard Rankings: Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans


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Every year after the season is over Bleacher Report ranks the top 100 players of the season. That’s a lot of work and it’s pretty awesome. You can find the complete list of guards here.

There are only four teams with two guards in the top-20: the Green Bay Packers (T.J. Lang #13, Josh Sitton #1), the Pittsburgh Steelers (David DeCastro #16, Ramon Foster #15), the Chicago Bears (Kyle Long #12, Matt Slauson #6) and, of course, the New Orleans Saints.

Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans are listed as the 14th and the 19th best guards in the NFL, respectively. Here’s their grades in pass protection:

Ben Grubbs – Pass Block (42/50)

"Ben Grubbs’ quickness is his best attribute when protecting Drew Brees. He moves laterally with ease and shuffles his feet quickly to adjust to the pass rush. Grubbs uses his hands  well and is able to withstand bull rushes by quickly shifting his weight instead of anchoring to one spot."

Jahri Evans – Pass Block (45/50)

"Jahri Evans is an outstanding pass-blocking guard. In spite of his size, he has quick feet that allow him to consistently keep his balance. That balance combined with his reach allow him to contain even the most active rushers. He is able to recover if he loses the initial contact at the snap."

To read their overall grades click here for Grubbs and click here for Evans.

Grubbs and Evans are two key pieces of the New Orleans Saints offense: they did a great job protecting Drew Brees and later in the season they also helped the ground game develop. Had they played like the last few games all season long they could’ve been in the top-10 of this list without a doubt.

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