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Buffalo Bills All-Drought team: Right guard

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This group is a step down from Buffalo’s left guards.

The left guards who played during Buffalo’s drought included some excellent, Pro Bowl caliber players. The right side of the offensive line wasn’t as well-cared-for. With late-round draft picks, aging veterans, and waiver-wire pickups, Buffalo jury-rigged their right guard position to try and hold down the fort throughout the era. These were the best players to handle the position from 2000 to 2017. Who would you take?

Chris Villarrial

Villarrial came to the Bills from Chicago the same year that Ruben Brown left to play for the Bears. He started 39 games for the Bills at right guard from 2004-2006, playing reasonably well, but dealt with injuries at the tail end of his career, and retired after the 2006 season.

Brad Butler

Butler joined Buffalo as a fifth-round pick in 2006. During his sophomore season, he became a starter at right guard, and he played two seasons there, blocking for a young Marshawn Lynch. With the departure of Jason Peters, the team shuffled their line around, asking Butler to move to right tackle. He started two games there in 2009 before a severe knee injury led to his retirement.

Kraig Urbik

A third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009, Urbik failed to make an impact for the organization, and the Bills claimed him on waivers early in 2010. He became a core piece of Buffalo’s interior offensive line during the next six years, playing in 84 games and starting 57, the vast majority at right guard. The Bills released him at the end of the 2015 season to save money against the cap, and he played one more season in Miami, eventually retiring at the start of this year.

John Miller

Miller joined the Bills as a third-round pick from Louisville in 2015. They worked him into the starting lineup immediately at right guard, though he sometimes struggled during his rookie year. In 2016, he started a full slate of 16 games, beginning to come into his own as a powerful blocker. A switch to a zone blocking scheme in 2017 meshed poorly with Miller’s skillset, and he only started four games that year, benched for Vladimir Ducasse.


Which player stands out from this group? Cast your vote and discuss it in the comments. Next week we’ll finish up the offense with a right tackle and one final skill position player, then we’ll start looking at the defense.

Poll

Who was the best right guard of the Buffalo Bills playoff drought?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Chris Villarrial
    (152 votes)
  • 12%
    Brad Butler
    (144 votes)
  • 65%
    Kraig Urbik
    (769 votes)
  • 9%
    John Miller
    (108 votes)
1173 votes total Vote Now