2. Louis Vasquez
When the Broncos gave Vasquez a four-year, $23.5-million contract prior to last season, a lot of people thought John Elway had gone mad with Pat Bowlen’s checkbook. But Denver knew that they needed to improve up the middle, where Peyton Manning is the most vulnerable to a pass rush. And Vasquez helped them do just that, providing a wall of protection that helped the future Hall of Fame quarterback lead the greatest regular-season offense in NFL history.
1. Ryan Kalil
When on the field, Kalil is simply the best in the business. From 2009-13, he earned four Pro Bowl nods, only missing out when he was limited to five games in 2012. But he didn’t miss a beat when returning from injury last season, earning first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. He’s sensational in both the running and passing games, directing a Panthers offensive line that helps Carolina excel in both phases of the game.
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