Inside New England Patriots Depth Chart: Guard

The guards on the Patriots offensive line have always been pretty consistent. Logan Mankins has always led the guards but this year in the draft the Patriots decided to address the guard position and draft John Halapio in the 6th round with the 179th pick overall. Mankins, a 6-time Pro-Bowler, will likely lead the way on the line again this year. Left dive into the New England Patriots guard depth heading into the 2014 season.

LG) Logan Mankins

Last season, Mankins was one of the few constants among the Patriots offensive line. Mankins is able to play guard and tackle and is a big bodied beast. When Mankins is on the offensive line, he opens up big gaps for the running game and is a decent pass-blocker which gives Brady his needed time to release the ball. Mankins is also very good at picking up the blitz.

My 2014 Logan Mankins Projection: N/A

Note: Logan Mankins will be a Pro-Bowler

RG) Dan Connolly

Out of training camp I believe Dan Connolly will win the job as the Patriots starting right guard. Although listed as a guard, this versatile offensive lineman can play the center position as well. Connolly is an average pass and run blocker but can shine along a good offensive line.

My 2014 Dan Connolly Projection: N/A

3) John Halapio

Drafted by the Patriots in the 6th round this season I believe Halapio will be a serious contributor among the Patriots offensive line this year. Halapio held up against some of the best pass rushers in college, playing in the SEC so look for that to translate into success in the near future.

4) Marcus Cannon

Cannon is also on the list for the tackles but since he is so versatile he plays a little guard as well. Cannon is very strong and durable and never wants to come out of the game. If you need someone to open up a big gap to run through, Cannon is the guy.

Guards on current roster who need to fight for their spot:

*Chris Barker, Braxston Cave, Josh Kline, R.J. Mattes, Brice Schwab

Patriots G Depth Chart Grade and Reason: B+

Any time you have a 6-time Pro-Bowler at a position you know you have to be pretty good there. With Mankins manning the guard position, all other guards and lineman just follow Mankins’ lead. Mankins is one of the best guards in football if not the best. The draft pick of Halapio showed the Patriots are willing to bring in younger lineman/guards to work with Mankins and develop into a good player. Connolly is no slouch at right guard either and is a serviceable run blocker as well as pass blocker.

Tags: Braxston Cave Brice Schwab Chris Barker Dan Connolly John Halapio John Kline Logan Mankins Marcus Cannon R.J. Mattes

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