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Do we need to take a guard in the first round?

I'm getting frustrated seeing people say "We shouldn't take a RB in the first round... lots of teams get good RB's in later rounds. Any RB we get can't run behind our line so we need to get a guard in round 1."

While I agree that we need an upgrade at one or both guard positions, The logic that everyone is using to take a guard in round 1 is faulty. Saying that we shouldn't take a RB in r1 because the position is devalued in the draft and then turning around and saying we should take a guard in the 1st instead is just silly. Guards are rarely drafted in the first round... much more rare than a RB drafted in round 1. Here is a breakdown of the best guards and when they were drafted.


Best guards draft breakdown:

Marshal Yanda – 3rd (86th overall)
Carl Nicks – 5th (164th overall)
Ben Grubbs – 1st (29th overall)
Jahri Evans – 4th (108th overall)
Josh Sitton – 4th (135 overall)
Logan Mankins – 1st (32nd overall)
Kris Dielman – UDFA
Chris Snee – 2nd (34th overall)
Eric Steinbach – 2nd (33rd overall)
Chris Kemoeatu – 6th (204th overall)
Brian Waters – UDFA
Brandon Moore – UDFA

Please please please digest this information and THINK about it. Don't forget that Boling is a 4th round pick and could turn into a very good starter. Remember he was getting bounced around this year and didn't get a training camp either. Don't discount him yet.

Also don't assume that if we take a RB in round 1 that we aren't allowed to upgrade the guard positions. We can still draft a guard in 2nd 3rd or 4th and he could be a good starter. If DeCastro is gone by our pick, next guards are Glenn (proj. 1-2), Osemele (proj. 2), Zeitler (proj. 2), Miller (proj. 3-4), Nix (proj. 3-4), Washington (proj. 3-4). There isn't a ton of dropoff in talent here that would warrant reaching for a guard in round 1 outside of DeCastro. Take any of those guys in r 2-4 or a T or C to stick in a guard. There are a LOT more options to upgrade at guard other than drafting one in the first round.




This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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