Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 12/18/12
Not a lot of people know who Kraig Urbik is, but he’s a starting right guard for the Buffalo Bills and he’s actually quite good. A 2 year starter, Urbik graded out as ProFootballFocus 18th ranked guard in 8 starts in 2011 and ranks 24th this season in 11 starts, making him an above average player at that position. He’s also got some versatility to play center, where he made 5 starts last season, though his better position is right guard. He’s a better pass protector than run blocker and actually allowed just 3 quarterback hurries in his 13 combined starts in 2011. This year, he’s allowed 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 7 quarterback hurries in 11 starts and he’s improved as a run blocker. He’s had some minor injuries, but this really just seems to be an underrated player getting locked up for a very reasonable deal, 4 years 15 million. With him heading into free agency this offseason, the Bills were smart to lock him up right now, before he could hit free agency, but after the 2009 3rd rounder could prove he was more than a one year wonder. The Bills may now attempt to focus on locking up left guard Andy Levitre for the future before he hits free agency this offseason.
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