In this article, PFS will spotlight the right guard in the AFC West. Each right guard from the AFC West teams will be evaluated on run and pass blocking assignment grades, dominance scores, and ranked according to averaged performances from the 1st four weeks of the season.
One thing to remember when evaluating a lineman across teams so early in the year…each player has met up with different defenders. Later in the season, the comparisons will be more equal as each team has similar teams on their schedule. Also, assignment grades are important, but when looking at linemen across teams, the dominance scores, or power score, is weighted as higher in value. Especially, when assignment grades are within a similar range.
Let’s take a look at those performance rankings…
Right Guard Run Blocking Performance
Best Run Blocking Right Guard In The AFC West (7 games): Louis Vasquez.
Louis Vasquez has an 85% assignments grade through the 7th week of the season. His positive +2.2 power score average, a very good score, indicates he is dominating his defenders more often then he is being dominated.
Best 2nd Level Run Blocker In The AFC West (7 games): Jon Asamoah
The best right guard at the 2nd level, through 7 weeks of the season, is Jon Asamoah. Asamoah has demonstrated an athletic ability to lock onto linebackers at the second level and keep engaged. An interesting fact, all of the Chief’s guards and center lead the AFC West at 2nd level blocks.
Best Pull Blocker In The AFC West (7 games): Louis Vasquez.
Louis Vasquez looks athletic and agile as he pulls from his right guard position. He shows good body control and the vision to pick up problem defenders and engage them as he pulls.
Right Guard Pass Blocking Performance
Best Pass Blocking Right Guard In The AFC West (7 games): Louis Vasquez.
The best pass blocking right guard through 7 games of the season is, Louis Vasquez. He has averaged a 91% assignments grade and dictated his pass rushers for a passing power score of +1.5. He has more pressures per game than some other offensive right guards, but the Chargers pass more often than any other team in the AFC West. When the numbers are divided by the number of passing opportunities…Vasquez looks a lot better.