4. G Rodger Saffold (Los Angeles Rams)
The reigning NFC champion Los Angeles Rams managed to keep their talented offensive intact throughout 2018. And that includes the club’s three-game postseason run which included an appearance in Super Bowl LIII. That continuity was a huge reason that only two teams in the league gained more rushing yards per game and why Sean McVay’s attack gained the second-most total yards and points in the NFL in ’18.
Nine-year veteran Rodger Saffold has been a mainstay along this unit for nine seasons. He’s played both tackle spots and at both right and left guard. The latter has been his home the past two years. All told, he’s played in 114 regular-season contests and made 111 starts. And he and the club have reached the playoffs each of these past two years, with the 6-foot-5, 323-pound pro suiting up for all four of those games.
The first pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft (33rd overall), only eight players in the league at the guard position graded out higher (via Pro Football Focus) than the former Indiana University product this past season. He’s one of many prominent free agent possibilities for the Rams, who have players such as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, safety LaMarcus Joyner, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and running back C.J. Anderson to make decisions on.
It is certainly worth noting that Saffold’s ability to play both inside and outside makes him an attractive target for a club looking for offensive line help.
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