DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 05: NFL player Carl Nicks of the New Orleans Saints arrives at Super Bowl Party hosted by DIRECTV and Mark Cuban's HDNet at Victory Park on February 5 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images for DIRECTV)
ESPN's Pat Yasinskas finally finished his NFC South Top 25 list, and four Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the list: Adrian Clayborn at number 24, Josh Freeman at number 22, Vincent Jackson at number 16 and finally Carl Nicks at number two behind Drew Brees. Carl Nicks is indeed a truly dominant player, and arguably the best offensive guard in the entire NFL. But is he really the second-best overall player in the NFC South? The problem with giving him that title is that the impact of a single offensive guard is never that great. While Nicks is absolutely dominant at his position, the impact he has on games will never be as great as that of a quarterback, a quality pass rusher or even a dominant wide receiver.
Still, Pat Yasinskas has some good arguments as to why he qualifies:
I know that putting a guard at No. 2 on this list isn't sexy. But I feel very strongly he belongs in this spot. This guy is the dominant player at his position and he is only 27. In Tampa Bay, he'll be paired with Davin Joseph, who made the Pro Bowl last season. When Nicks was in New Orleans, he and Jahri Evans were universally recognized as the NFL's best guard tandem. With Nicks and Joseph together, that title now could move to Tampa Bay. Nicks is the best player in the league at his position. You can't definitively say that about any other player in the division, not even the guy that will be unveiled as No. 1 on Friday.
What do you think?