The following is a 53-part segment on the New Orleans Saints’ active roster by Saints Post of the Rant Sports Network. This series will rate the players on the Saints active roster from No. 1 to 53 in numerical order. This list only includes players on the Saints roster as it stands on May 30 due to the NFL lockout.
While it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that three of the top four players on the Saints roster are on offense, the fact that their starting tandem of guards are in the top four could come as a surprise to many NFL fans, but not Saints fans who follow the team.
Nicks edged Jahri Evans by a hair merely based on their 2010 season performance, but Evans is no chopped liver. In fact, Evans has been performing at a higher level than Nicks for a longer period of time. Since landing in the Big Easy in the 2006 draft from little-known Bloomsburg College in Pennsylvania, Evans has been a mainstay on the Saints offensive line- helping to open holes for the running backs and protecting Drew Brees’s back and helping the Saints hoist the Lombardi Trophy after the 2009 season.
Few NFL teams are lucky to have one Pro Bowl caliber player at guard, and the Saints are one of the very few in NFL history to have two guards on the offensive line at guard at the elite level of both Evans and Nicks. The guard position may be underappreciated around the league, but in New Orleans, the players and fans know how valuable their tandem in the middle are.