Top 6 Best NFL Right Guards of All Time

Best NFL Right Guards of All Time

The right guard position in football is a key part of the offensive line. They are required to have good mobility for run blocking and great strength for pass blocking. The best NFL right guards of all time excelled at both of these aspects of the position. Here are the six best players to ever play right guard in the NFL.


Who are the best NFL right guards of all time?

  1. Joe DeLamielleure
  2. Larry Little
  3. Marshal Yanda
  4. Will Shields
  5. Jerry Kramer
  6. Zack Kramer

1. Joe DeLamielleure

  • Six-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Seven-time All-Pro selection (Three 1st Team, Four 2nd Team)
  • Member of the Hall of Fame All-1970s Team
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003

Joe DeLamielleure was drafted 26th overall in the 1973 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of the Bills’ historical offensive line known as the “Electric Company”. This unit was led by DeLamielleure and was credited with being the reason running back O.J. Simpson was able to break multiple NFL rushing records. This led to DeLamielleure’s reputation as one of the NFL’s all-time elite run blockers. Throughout his thirteen-season NFL career, he played for the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns. DeLamielleure was selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1975-1980 and earned the honors of 1st team All-Pro three times. He also proved to be incredibly durable by playing in 185 consecutive games during his career, starting in 175 of them. DeLamielleure’s dominance as a blocker got him chosen as a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade team.

2. Larry Little

  • Five-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Seven-time All-Pro selection (Five 1st Team, Two 2nd Team)
  • Two-time Super Bowl Champion
  • Member of the Hall of Fame All-1970s Team
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993

Larry Little signed with the San Diego Chargers in 1967 as an undrafted free agent. He spent two seasons with the Chargers before being traded to the Miami Dolphins in 1969, where he established himself as one of the top offensive linemen talents in the NFL. Under Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, Little became a premier pass blocker and was synonymous as the lead blocker on the famous Dolphin sweep runs. His dominant and versatile blocking skills helped the Dolphins win two Super Bowl championships and achieve their elusive perfect regular season in 1972. Throughout his fourteen-season career, Little was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and named to five 1st team All-Pro selections. 

3. Marshal Yanda

  • Eight-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Seven-time All-Pro selection (Two 1st Team, Five 2nd Team)
  • Super Bowl Champion
  • Member of the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team

Marshal Yanda was drafted 86th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He played his entire thirteen-season career with the Ravens. Upon entering the NFL, Yanda immediately became a dominant force on Baltimore's offensive line and a leader within the team’s locker room. He proved to be durable, starting 170 games, including the playoffs. Yanda’s elite blocking skills were reflected through his eight Pro Bowl selections and combined seven 1st and 2nd team All-Pro selections. In 2012, he helped lead the Ravens to their second Super Bowl victory in franchise history, defeating the San Francisco 49ers. Yanda decided to retire from the NFL after the 2019 season. He is regarded as a generational talent, named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade. In 2020, the Ravens announced that Yanda would be inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Honor, and he is first eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025.

4. Will Shields

  • Twelve-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Six-time All-Pro selection (Two 1st Team, Four 2nd Team)
  • 2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winner
  • Member of the Hall of Fame All-2000s Team
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015

Will Shields was drafted 74th overall in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played his entire fourteen-season career. In his first NFL game, teammate Dave Szott suffered an injury, and Shields came in to replace him. The rest, as they say, is history. Shields never missed another game in his career; his 224 games played and 223 starts are both Chiefs franchise records. He was successfully able to pair his durability with impressive blocking skills. In 1994, Shields helped his fellow linemen only allow 19 sacks throughout the season, a Chiefs franchise record. Shields was selected to the Pro Bowl for an astounding twelve consecutive seasons during his career and earned 1st team All-Pro nods twice. In 2003, he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his prominent role in aiding the Kansas City community.

5. Jerry Kramer

  • Three-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Six-time All-Pro selection (Five 1st Team, One 2nd Team)
  • Five-time NFL Championship winner
  • Two-time Super Bowl Champion
  • Members of the Hall of Fame All-1960s Team
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018

Jerry Kramer was drafted 39th overall in the 1958 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played all eleven seasons of his career with the Packers. It did not take long for Kramer to establish himself as one of the premier blockers in the NFL. Under Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, Kramer was elected to three Pro Bowls and was 1st team All-Pro five times. He was a focal point of Green Bay’s dominance during this era of football. Kramer helped the Packers win five NFL Championships and repeat victories in Super Bowl I and II. Although Kramer's legacy is as one the best right guards in NFL history, he spent parts of his career as the Packers’ placekicker, where he was more than serviceable. Kramer finally reached football immortality in 2018, when he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

6. Zack Martin

  • Seven-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Seven-time All-Pro selection (Five 1st Team, Two 2nd Team)
  • Member of the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team

Zack Martin was drafted 16th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He is still active in the NFL and has spent his entire eight-season career with the Cowboys. Martin was a highly-touted prospect coming out of college and has more than proved his abilities as a blocker since joining the league. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl in seven out of the eight seasons that he has been in the NFL. In those seven Pro Bowl seasons, Martin also earned five 1st team and two 2nd team All-Pro selections. Since joining the Cowboys’ offensive line, Martin has helped solidify them as one the top units in the NFL, propelling star running back Ezekiel Elliott to win two NFL rushing titles (2016 and 2018). When it’s all said and done, Martin has a good shot at being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and may be considered the best right guard to ever play in the NFL.

FAQ

Who is the best NFL right guard of all time?

Joe DeLamielleure is widely acknowledged as the best NFL right guard of all time. He was an elite blocker and durable throughout the entirety of his career. DeLamielleure was selected to six Pro Bowls and made a total of seven All-Pro teams (three 1st team, four 2nd team). In 2003, his legacy was further bolstered by an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. DeLamielleure set the gold standard for run blocking from the right guard position.

What NFL right guard has the most Pro Bowl selection all time?

Will Shields has the most Pro Bowl selections of all time at the right guard position. He received the honor twelve times throughout his career. During his fourteen-season career, he only missed the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons. Shields’ twelve Pro Bowl selections tie him for 9th most all-time by any NFL player. He also is tied for the 2nd most selections ever received by an offensive lineman. 

What NFL right guard has the most 1st team All-Pro selections all time?

There is a three-way tie for the most 1st team All-Pro selections at the right guard position. Larry Little, Jerry Kramer, and Zack Martin have each received this honor five times throughout their respective careers. Little and Martin have also each made 2nd team All-Pro twice. At 31 years old, Martin is still active in the NFL and continues to dominate blocking defensive linemen. He will likely take sole possession of most 1st team All-Pro selections at the right guard position in the coming years.