Was Evan Mathis the NFL's top guard in 2012?

Was Evan Mathis the NFL's top guard in 2012?
May 5, 2013, 10:00 am
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In the most recent installment of the Pro Football Focus Top 101 of 2012, which ranks the top performers of the 2012 NFL season, one Eagle placed near the top of the list.

At No. 6 in the overall rankings, Evan Mathis sits one spot ahead of Peyton Manning.

In his eighth NFL season since being taken in the third round at 79th overall in 2005, the 31-year-old left guard was one of the few effective players on the Eagles' offensive line.

In just two seasons with the Eagles, Mathis has gone from a relatively unknown signing, who was released by his three previous teams (Panthers, Dolphins and Bengals), to a strong Pro Bowl candidate.

Toward the end of this past season -- his strongest to date -- Mathis said he felt he deserved a trip to the Pro Bowl (see story).

However, the 4-12 Eagles didn't help Mathis' case, and he was left off the Pro Bowl roster and was instead named an alternate.

But PFF thinks Mathis had a good enough season. Good enough to be considered the top guard in the NFL.


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