Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys: Guard

This is part of the series on the All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys have had decent luck at the guard position, with several of guards in team history trips to the Pro Bowl.

The most obvious candidate for best guard in team history is also a candidate for best guard in NFL history. That guy is Larry Allen, who earned 11 trips to the Pro Bowl along with six selections as All-Pro. In the ESPN poll, 97.7% of respondents included Allen on the greatest team.

The other choice at guard was Nate Newton, who made six Pro Bowls.

Here is the final tally for the guards in the ESPN poll:

1. Larry Allen (97.7%)
2. Nate Newton (85.8%)
3. John Niland (13.2%)
4. Herb Scott (2%)
5. Blaine Nye (1.3%)

This list also covers the candidates for most underappreciated guard. Before we get to that, here is the approximate value rankings for all the guards in team history:

Rk From To G Pos AV ?
1 Larry Allen 1994 2005 176 G 110
2 Nate Newton 1986 1998 191 G 93
3 John Niland 1966 1974 124 G 89
4 Herbert Scott 1975 1984 140 G 70
5 Blaine Nye 1968 1976 125 G 59
6 Leonard Davis 2007 2010 64 G 40
7 Kevin Gogan 1987 1993 103 G 32
8 Kurt Petersen 1980 1985 84 G 30
9 Kyle Kosier 2006 2010 64 G 27
10 Bob Fry 1960 1964 66 G 27
11 Crawford Ker 1986 1990 75 G 26
12 Leon Donohue 1965 1967 42 G 19
13 Burton Lawless 1975 1979 73 G 16
14 Dale Memmelaar 1962 1963 28 G 14
15 Marco Rivera 2005 2006 30 G 13
16 Howard Richards 1981 1986 60 G 13
17 Andy Cvercko 1961 1962 25 G 13
18 Torrin Tucker 2003 2005 36 G 11
19 Jake Kupp 1964 1965 28 G 11
20 Everett McIver 1998 1999 20 G 9
21 Joe Bob Isbell 1962 1964 31 G 8
22 Mike Falls 1960 1961 25 G 8
23 Cory Procter 2007 2009 44 G 7
24 Ray Schoenke 1963 1964 23 G 6
25 Lynn Hoyem 1962 1963 28 G 6
26 Kelvin Garmon 2001 2002 21 G 6
27 Duane Putnam 1960 1960 12 G 5
28 Alan Veingrad 1991 1992 27 G 4
29 Rodney Wallace 1971 1973 37 G 3
30 Ron Stone 1994 1995 32 G 3
31 Tony Hutson 1997 1999 17 G 3
32 Montrae Holland 2008 2010 21 G 3
33 Jeff Zimmerman 1987 1989 27 G 2
34 Steve Wright 1981 1982 25 G 2
35 Ross Tucker 2002 2002 7 G 2
36 Fred Whittingham 1969 1969 7 G 1
37 Broderick Thompson 1985 1985 11 G 1
38 Tom Randall 1978 1978 11 G 1
39 Lance Poimbeouf 1963 1963 1 G 1
40 Tom Myslinski 1999 1999 10 G 1
41 Gene Killian 1974 1974 7 G 1
42 Mitch Johnson 1965 1965 12 G 1
43 Bob Grottkau 1961 1961 13 G 1
44 Jorge Diaz 2000 2000 9 G 1
45 Bob Asher 1970 1970 6 G 1
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/15/2011.

Niland accomplished as much as Newton did on paper, including six Pro Bowl trips and two selections as All-Pro. He was a starter on four Super Bowl teams between 1970 and 1975.

Scott made three Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice. He was the “Scott” in “Four Irishmen and a Scott.”

Nye made two Pro Bowls, including a selection after his final year in 1976.

Current starters Leonard Davis and Kyle Kosier deserve to be mentioned here. Davis has made three trips to the Pro Bowl as a Dallas guard, which exceeded expectations most had when Dallas signed him in 2007. Kosier has not made a Pro Bowl, but he has been a solid member of the line since 2006.

Kevin Gogan was also a starter at guard (he actually started at guard when Newton was the starting tackle), but he make a Pro Bowl until after he left Dallas.

Here are the poll results:

Niland, 31%
Scott, 22%
Gogan, 19%
Nye, 9%
Kosier, 9%
Davis, 6%
Burton Lawless, 3%