Starters: LG Kelechi Osemele, RG Gabe Jackson
Depth: Denver Kirkland, Chauncey Briggs, Ian Silberman, Jordan Simmons
Starting at the guard positions are the second and third highest paid guards in the NFL. Kelechi Osemele was the league’s highest paid guard ($11.7 million per season) until the Browns broke the bank to sign Kevin Zeitler ($12 million per) this offseason. Then last week, Jackson got an extension that will pay him $11.2 million which comes in just behind Osemele.
This duo didn’t give up a single sack last season while anchoring the league’s 6th best rushing attack. Those stats had Osemele named an All Pro and Jackson a Pro Bowl alternate.
Kirkland was an undrafted rookie last season, seeing time as a tackle eligible and reserve guard. He is joined by reserve/future signee Ian Silberman and undrafted rookies Chauncey Briggs and Jordan Simmons.
Having a dominant duo like this goes a long way. There are plenty of options for utility reserves. Kirkland and Vadal Alexander are both solid backups at guard or tackle, backup center Jon Feliciano can fill in at guard as the utility interior reserve. If the team finds some good value in one of the other unproven linemen, that’s all gravy.
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