The Buffalo Bills' guard position has been in a perpetual state of flux throughout the decade. At different times there was a Pro Bowler, the richest player in Bills history, and several rookies starting.
Brown was drafted 14th overall by the Bills in the 1995 draft. He started 63 games at left guard for the Bills from 2000-2003 and made the Pro Bowl in each of those four years. Oh, and in 2002 he had one reception for negative six yards. In 2000 the Bills ranked 9th in total offense with Brown as the leader of the offensive line.
In the same off-season Ruben Brown left the Bills to join the Bears, Buffalo signed former Bears guard Chris Villarrial. Villarrial started 39 games at right guard for the Bills from 2004-2006, recovering one fumble in 2004. In 2004, the Bills allowed Drew Bledsoe to be sacked only 37 times, the fewest in a season for the QB in seven years.
Butler started 29 games in two seasons at right guard for Buffalo before moving to tackle in 2009. He was drafted in the fifth round out of Virginia in 2006 and was in the starting lineup for every game the following season. Butler and Derrick Dockery were the only Bills guards to play consecutive seasons together, and Butler was also a big part of both of Lynch's great seasons in 2007 and 2008. His career was plagued with injuries, though, and following a severe knee injury in 2009 he called it quits.
Dockery owned the richest contract in Bills history when he signed for 7 years and 49 million dollars in 2007. He started 32 games at left guard for Buffalo and helped Marshawn Lynch to his Pro Bowl nod in 2008. In both of Dockery's seasons Lynch went over one thousand yards. He also recovered one fumble in each season before being released prior to the 2009 campaign.
Best of the Rest
Jaime Nails started 16 games at RG in 2000 helping the Bills to a top-ten offense. Marques Sullivan started 22 games from 2001-2003. Ross Tucker started 17 games combined at both guard spots in 2003 and 2004. Andy Levitre started all 16 games in 2009.
Now it's your turn to vote on who was the best Bills offensive guard of the decade. Leave your rationale in the comments section.
Which player was the best Buffalo Bills guard of the decade?
Ruben Brown (1290 votes)
Chris Vilarrial (47 votes)
Brad Butler (91 votes)
Derrick Dockery (14 votes)
1442 total votes