NFL Offensive Line Rankings 2022-23: Eagles Come In At #1 Ahead Of The Season

While quarterbacks and wide receivers are consistently the headline-stealing players in the NFL, offensive linemen are often the fulcrum to consistent success in the NFL. This article will break down the top offensive lines in the league as we enter the 2022-23 season. Projections for starters are mostly based on Ourlads and advanced metrics are sourced from Pro Football Focus (PFF) and Football Outsiders.

Offensive Line Rankings 2022

This article will be updated throughout the upcoming season to reflect the latest tiers of offensive line play in the NFL and any relevant injuries. The metrics you see here will be from 2021 until a few weeks into the season when we have a real sample size to draw conclusions from. As we the 2022 season kicks off, the following are the best offensive lines in the league.

#1: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

Starting Five: LT Jordan Mailata, LG Landon Dickerson, C Jason Kelce, RG Isaac Seumalo, RT Lane Johnson

Sixth Man: OT/OG Jack Driscoll

Key Additions: C Cam Jurgens

Key Departures: OG Brandon Brooks

The Eagles are in transition along their offensive line as Brandon Brooks retired this offseason and Jason Kelce will likely do the same next year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t maintain an elite group upfront. Jordan Mailata was PFF’s third-highest graded offensive tackle overall last season while Lane Johnson wasn’t far behind as the tenth-best tackle. Despite being 34 years old, Jason Kelce is still one of the best centers in the NFL, and he helped the Eagles pick his replacement in Cam Jurgens in the draft. Brandon Brooks’ retirement won’t be as much of an issue as he only played 96 snaps last year and Landon Dickerson is poised for significant improvement in his second season in the NFL. Isaac Semaulo is the big question mark, but he played well in limited snaps last year. Philadelphia suffered several injuries upfront last year and was still a top-five line in both PFF’s run-blocking and pass-blocking grades.

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#2: Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

Starting Five: LT Jedrick Wills Jr., LG Joel Bitonio, C Nick Harris, RG Wyatt Teller, RT Jack Conklin

Sixth Man: OT/OG Blake Hance

Key Additions: OG Ethan Pocic

Key Departures: C JC Tretter

The Browns return four of their five starters that built the best run-blocking line in the league per FO’s adjusted line yards metric, but the loss of center J.C. Tretter is significant as he ranked second among centers in PFF’s pass-blocking grade last season. Former fifth-round pick Nick Harris is the projected starter, but he only played 68 snaps last year. The Browns will be hoping for better health from Jack Conklin this season after he only played in seven games last year. Another jump from Jedrick Wills Jr. would be significant as well, as the third-year tackle allowed a team-leading five sacks last year per PFF. The Browns allowed 49 sacks as a team last year, the sixth-most in the NFL, but that’s partially due to injuries to both starting offensive tackles. If Nick Harris can play well in his first year as a starter and the Browns have better injury luck, they could regain the top spot in these rankings.

#3: Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

Starting Five: LT Orlando Brown, LG Joe Thuney, C Creed Humphrey, RG Trey Smith, RT Lucas Niang

Sixth Man: OT/OG Andrew Wylie

Key Additions: OT/OG Darian Kinnard

Key Departures: C Austin Blythe, OT Mike Remmers, OG Kyle Long

The Chiefs completely remade their offensive line last season, and it paid off in spades. Joe Thuney, their high-priced acquisition at guard, earned the highest PFF pass-blocking grade of any offensive lineman as he allowed just 17 total pressures. Rookie Creed Humphrey earned the highest PFF grade of any center and the second-highest run-blocking grade of any offensive lineman overall. Orlando Brown Jr. was consistently solid at left tackle, as he has been every year of his career. Trey Smith played well in his rookie season and should be a solid starter long-term if he can stay healthy with his prior blood clot issue. Lucas Niang is the big question mark, but his torn patellar tendon could lead to Andrew Wylie or even rookie Darian Kinnard winning the starting role. Still, the Chiefs were one of three teams to rank inside PFF’s top-six pass-blocking and run-blocking grades last season, and as this group continues to build continuity and cohesion they should only get more efficient.

#4: Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Starting Five: LT Ronnie Stanley, LG Tyre Phillips, C Tyler Linderbaum, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Morgan Moses

Sixth Man: OT/OG Patrick Mekari

Key Additions: OT Morgan Moses

Key Departures: OT Alejandro Vilanueva, C Bradley Bozeman

Can Ronnie Stanley stay healthy? That’s the big question for Baltimore as he has played just 380 snaps over the last two seasons. In his last fully healthy season in 2019, Stanley earned the second-best PFF grade among all offensive tackles. Tyler Linderbaum was PFF’s highest-graded center in college football in 2020 and 2021, and his game easily translates to the NFL. Kevin Zeitler was very solid in his first year in Baltimore as PFF tagged him with just one sack allowed on over 1,200 snaps. Morgan Moses will likely be an upgrade over Alejandro Villanueva who clearly lost a step last year and surrendered 54 pressures and nine sacks. Tyre Phillips is slotted in at left guard for now, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Patrick Mekari or Ben Cleveland win that job. Overall, the Ravens have solid depth and some high-end starters, so if they have better luck with injuries, they should be among the best O-lines in the NFL.

#5: New England Patriots

New England Patriots

Starting Five: LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Michael Onwenu, C David Andrews, RG Cole Strange, RT Trent Brown

Sixth Man: C/OG James Ferentz

Key Additions: OG Cole Strange

Key Departures: OG Shaq Mason, OG Ted Karras

Former offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia may have retired, but that hasn’t kept the team from fielding one of the best lines in the league. The trade of Shaq Mason and draft pick of Cole Strange may not have been the best use of capital, but I love Strange as a prospect and he should hit the ground running as a solid player. Michael Onwenu ranked third among guards in PFF grade last season, and he’s a particularly elite run-blocker. David Andrews allowed just one sack on 1,149 snaps last season while Trent Brown led the team in pass-blocking grade. Isaiah Wynn is arguably the team’s worst starter after allowing 28 pressures (the next-highest on the team was 18), but he’s very solid in all respects. The Patriots were also able to re-sign James Ferentz this offseason which was key as he’s a critical depth piece who can play at center or guard. Consistent success in this offensive line group will be huge for Mac Jones’s continued development.

#6: Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys

Starting Five: LT Tyron Smith, LG Tyler Smith, C Tyler Biadasz, RG Zack Martin, RT Terence Steele

Sixth Man: OG Connor McGovern

Key Additions: OG/OT Tyler Smith

Key Departures: OT La’el Collins, OG Connor Williams

The Cowboys had arguably the best offensive line in the NFL last season as they ranked second in pass-blocking and first in run-blocking in PFF’s team grades. However, the losses of two high-end starters La’el Collins and Connor Williams will set the unit back overall. Zack Martin remains one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL and he earned his seventh All-Pro nod last season. Tyron Smith is also still one of the best left tackles in the league, and he earned the third-best pass-blocking grade on PFF among LTs last season. Beyond those two stalwarts, though, the Cowboys have some question marks. Tyler Biadasz has developed into a good-not-great center. Tyler Smith will likely have some growing pains in his first season as he just turned 21 years old. Terence Steele struggled when thrust into starting duty last year as PFF tracked him with 31 pressures allowed on 917 snaps.

#7: Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions

Starting Five: LT Taylor Decker, LG Jonah Jackson, C Frank Ragnow, RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai, RT Penei Sewell

Sixth Man: C Evan Brown

Key Additions: N/A

Key Departures: N/A

The Lions have invested heavily into their offensive line in recent offseasons, and it has paid off as they have built a very strong group up-front. Taylor Decker ranked sixth in the NFL in pass-blocking grade on PFF but was only able to play nine games, and Matt Nelson was pretty terrible in relief with 41 pressures allowed in 13 games. Penei Sewell hit the ground running in his rookie season and should take a big step forward this year. His pass-blocking grade on PFF was much better at right tackle than left tackle last year, so Decker’s return to health should be very beneficial. Frank Ragnow only appeared in four games last year, and Evan Brown was very solid in relief, so the Lions prioritized re-signing Brown. Ragnow was the third-best center in PFF’s overall grades in 2020. Jonah Jackson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai aren’t spectacular, but they are very reliable and boost this offensive line to an overall top-ten unit.

#8: Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

Starting Five: LT David Bakhtiari, LG Jon Runyan, C Josh Myers, RG Royce Newman, RT Elgton Jenkins

Sixth Man: OT/OG Yosuah Nijman

Key Additions: OT Zach Tom, IOL Sean Rhyan

Key Departures: OT Billy Turner, OT Dennis Kelly, OG Lucas Patrick

The Packers finished with the third-ranked run-blocking line and the sixth-ranked pass-blocking line per Football Outsiders. despite just two of their five starters actually starting a full season. Elgton Jenkins has ascended to become one of the more reliable offensive tackles in the NFL, and he allowed just two sacks in eight games last year. Former All-Pro David Bakhtiari’s return to health will be massive as he and Jenkins can be the best tackle duo in the NFL. The loss of Lucas Patrick is significant, but 2021 second-round pick Josh Myers will be ready to step into a starting role this year. Myers allowed just nine total pressures on 349 snaps last year. I also love the prospects of Zach Tom and Sean Rhyan as more developmental depth on a deep unit overall. Green Bay may lack household names upfront, but as a whole, this is a very good O-line with cohesion.

#9: San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers

Starting Five: LT Trent Williams, LG Aaron Banks, C Alex Mack, RG Daniel Brunskill, RT Mike McGlinchey

Sixth Man: OG/OT Spencer Burford

Key Additions: OG/OT Spencer Burford

Key Departures: OG Laken Tomlinson, OT/OG Tom Compton

It’s hard to have the 49ers ranked any lower than this due to the presence of Trent Williams as he has been PFF’s overall top-graded offensive lineman in each of the past two years. Still, the rest of this line has significant question marks. Alex Mack is on the decline as he’ll turn 37 years old during the upcoming season – PFF graded him with the worst run-blocking grade of his career last season. Laken Tomlinson’s consistent 1,264 snaps from last season could prove difficult to replace, and Daniel Brunskill must take a significant step forward. Tom Compton was great in relief for the injured Mike McGlinchey last season, and McGlinchey will hope to regain his prior form. Spencer Burford, a fourth-round pick this year, could compete for a starting spot as soon as this season. The Niners had the second-best run-blocking line in the NFL per PFF last year, but there are significant questions to be resolved outside of Trent Williams.

#11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Starting Five: LT Donovan Smith, LG Luke Goedeke, C Robert Hainsey, RG Shaq Mason, RT Tristan Wirfs

Sixth Man: OT Josh Wells

Key Additions: OG Shaq Mason, OT/OG Luke Goedeke

Key Departures: OG Alex Cappa, OG Ali Marpet

The Buccaneers were the only team to rank inside the top five in both run-blocking and pass protection on Football Outsiders last season, and with just 23 sacks allowed, they were the top pass-blocking line in football. However, the losses of stalwarts Alex Cappa and Ali Marpet loom large, even after Tampa was able to swing a trade for Shaq Mason with just a fifth-round pick in return. The last month has seen significant injuries on this offensive line, as well. The prognosis on starting center Ryan Jensen is not good, and Aaron Stinnie suffered a torn ACL. Second-round pick Luke Goedeke will have to start in his place. Donovan Smith and Tristan Wirfs are still entrenched as one of the best tackle duos in the NFL, and they only allowed three sacks last year between the two of them. Wirfs is on the shortlist for young tackles you’d want to start a franchise with. However, with the recent injuries and question marks on the interior, I moved the Bucs down the list.

#11: Los Angeles Rams

los angeles rams

Starting Five: LT Joseph Noteboom, LG David Edwards, C Brian Allen, RG Logan Bruss, RT Rob Havenstein

Sixth Man: OG Bobby Evans

Key Additions: OG Logan Bruss

Key Departures: OT Andrew Whitworth, OG Austin Corbett

The loss of Andrew Whitworth looms large for this offensive line as he was a leader in the locker room and a stalwart left tackle. Joseph Noteboom resigned, and he proved to be capable with a big-time performance in the playoffs against the Buccaneers last year. Noteboom has surrendered just three sacks and 42 total pressures in 1,262 career snaps. The Rams will also be tasked with replacing Austin Corbett and his 1,360 snaps from last season. Logan Bruss will likely slot into that starting spot, but Bobby Evans could win the job as well. Rob Havenstein has been very reliable at right tackle with an 80+ PFF grade in each of his last three full seasons. Resigning Brian Allen was also important for the interior offensive line, and David Edwards returns as a solid starter. This offensive line lacks star power, but it ranked first in PFF’s pass-blocking grade and should continue to afford Matthew Stafford plenty of time in the pocket.

#12: Washington Commanders

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Starting Five: LT Charles Leno Jr., LG Andrew Norwell, C Chase Roullier, RG Trai Turner, RT Sam Cosmi

Sixth Man: OT Cornelius Lucas

Key Additions: OG Andrew Norwell, OG Trai Turner

Key Departures: OG Brandon Scherff, OG Ereck Flowers

One of the bigger surprises for me as I dove into PFF grades and premium stats for offensive linemen was Charles Leno Jr.’s overwhelming success last season. He ranked second among all offensive tackles in pass-blocking grade as he allowed just 36 pressures on 1,121 snaps. The departure of Brandon Scherff looms large, but the difference between him and Andrew Norwell isn’t as drastic as the contracts would suggest. Sam Cosmi’s rookie season wasn’t without its fair share of growing pains, but it was still impressive that he allowed just four sacks in nine games as a rookie. Trai Turner will likely be an upgrade over Ereck Flowers, particularly as a run-blocker. Chase Roulier is also coming off a career-best PFF grade after allowing just one sack on over 750 pass-blocking snaps in 2020. The Commanders ranked fourth in PFF’s pass-blocking despite Lucas being the only player to play a full 17-game slate, and better injury luck will go a long way this season.

#13: Indianapolis Colts

Indianpolis Colts

Starting Five: LT Matt Pryor, LG Quenton Nelson, C Ryan Kelly, RG Danny Pinter, RT Braden Smith

Sixth Man: OT Bernhard Raimann

Key Additions: OT Bernhard Raimann

Key Departures: OT Julie’n Davenport, OG Mark Glowinski

The Colts’ starters suffered a combined 19 games lost in 2021 due to injuries and COVID-19 absences, and they finished the year as a middle-of-the-pack unit. They return three of five starters from last year, but they still have a major question mark at arguably the most important position, left tackle. Matt Pryor will get the first shot to start there, and he allowed just eight pressures and no sacks in five starts in 2021. However, the former sixth-round pick is still relatively untested. The loss of Mark Glowinski is also significant as Danny Pinter’s poor pass-blocking grades are concerning. Quenton Nelson should bounce back to being one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and if he’s healthy he’s a clear All-Pro candidate. Ryan Kelly and Braden Smith are reliably solid at their respective positions, but the question marks at right guard and left tackle are enough to lower the Colts in these rankings.

#14: Los Angeles Chargers

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Starting Five: LT Rashawn Slater, LG Matt Feiler, C Corey Linsley, RG Zion Johnson, RT Storm Norton

Sixth Man: OT/OG Jamaree Salyer

Key Additions: OG Zion Johnson, OT/OG Jamaree Salyer,

Key Departures: OT Bryan Bulaga, OG Michael Schofield

Most rookie offensive linemen have a learning curve as they enter the NFL, but that wasn’t the case for Rashawn Slater who was immediately a high-end starter. Slater allowed just a 3.7% pressure rate in his rookie season which tied Jedrick Wills in 2020 for the lowest pressure rate allowed by a rookie since 2010 (minimum 250 pass-blocking snaps). Corey Linsley joins Slater as an elite starter on this front who just earned his second-straight All-Pro nod. Matt Feiler was also very solid in his first season in Los Angeles while Zion Johnson should hit the ground running as a rookie. I also loved the selection of Jamaree Salyer in the sixth round for the Chargers. Still, they don’t break into the top ten in my rankings mostly due to how little faith I have in their right tackle position. Storm Norton allowed a whopping 60 pressures last season and had the worst pass-blocking grade of any tackle to play over 1,000 snaps.

#15: New York Jets

New York Jets

Starting Five: LT Duane Brown, LG Laken Tomlinson, C Connor McGovern, RG Alijah Vera-Tucker, RT George Fant

Sixth Man: IOL Dan Feeney

Key Additions: OG Laken Tomlinson, OT Max Mitchell

Key Departures: OT Morgan Moses

The Jets should be set for a major step forward with their offensive line this season. Following the injury to Mekhi Becton, the team added Duane Brown to start at left tackle. He’s a solid veteran who will provide a strong baseline of play. George Fant kicks to the right side as a high-level pass-blocker who surrendered just 18 pressures and one sack in 15 games last year. Laken Tomlinson represented a great value in free agency and the former 49ers’ guard should immediately improve the team’s run-blocking. Alijah Vera-Tucker is also very solid across the board and allowed just two sacks in his rookie season. Connor McGovern, PFF’s ninth-ranked center in 2021, allowed just 19 pressures on 973 snaps. Overall, this young offensive line has very few holes, and if Becton can stay healthy they should have no problems protecting Zach Wilson in a hopeful breakout season.

#16: Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals

Starting Five: LT Jonah Williams, LG Jackson Carman, C Ted Karras, RG Alex Cappa, RT La’el Collins

Sixth Man: OT/OG Cordell Volson

Key Additions: OT La’el Collins, OG Alex Cappa, IOL Ted Karras

Key Departures: OT Riley Reiff, OG Quinton Spain, C Trey Hopkins

In the Bengals’ Super Bowl loss to the Rams, Joe Burrow was sacked seven times and hit 11 times total. Cincinnati knew it had to improve its offensive line this offseason after ranking as the second-worst pass-blocking group on Football Outsiders. Three new starters were added in the offseason in Collins, Cappa, and Karras, and Jackson Carman will be elevated to the starting group full-time. Carman struggled at times in his rookie year, but he didn’t allow a sack and showed flashes of potential. Jonah Williams has to play better as PFF tracked him with eight sacks allowed last season, but the added talent around him will be very beneficial. Cohesion and chemistry can take time to develop for players who have never played together, but the Bengals should at least be an average unit this year, and that will make a huge difference for Burrow.

Update: Keep an eye on La’el Collins as he participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time with the team on August 19. His status doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy for Week 1 for the time being.

#17: Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins

Starting Five: LT Terron Armstead, LG Connor Williams, C Michael Deiter, RG Robert Hunt, RT Liam Eichenberg

Sixth Man: OT Austin Jackson

Key Additions: OT Terron Armstead, OG Connor Williams

Key Departures: OG Jesse Davis

Tua Tagovailoa has taken a lot of criticism early in his career, but their offensive line hasn’t helped at all – last year they ranked 32nd in PFF’s pass-blocking grades. However, they worked to remedy that situation this offseason with the additions of Terron Armstead and Connor Williams. Armstead has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, but when he’s on the field he’s elite – he allowed just one sack in eight games last year. Connor Williams has emerged as a very good player – he ranked 12th among guards on PFF last year. Liam Eichenberg is slated to start at right tackle, which is highly concerning – he allowed 62 pressures, the most among offensive linemen, last season per PFF, and his starting role is far from a guarantee. Robert Hunt and Michael Deiter are solid if unspectacular, but the success of this line will come down to Eichenbur’s progression and the health of Armstead.

#18: Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos

Starting Five: LT Garett Bolles, LG Dalton Risner, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, RG Graham Glasgow, RT Billy Turner

Sixth Man: IOL Quinn Meinerz

Key Additions: OT Billy Turner, OT Tom Compton

Key Departures: OT Bobby Massie, OT Cameron Fleming

The Broncos don’t have any true superstars on their offensive line, but as a whole, it might be the best group Russell Wilson has played behind in his career. Garett Bolles took a significant step back last year from his 2020 All-Pro form as he allowed 22 pressures and five sacks compared to 13 pressures and no sacks in 2020, but a bounceback should be in order. Dalton Risner has improved each season with Denver and allowed a career-low 21 pressures last year. Graham Glasgow missed half of last season after some ups and downs during the first half of the year, but the veteran should return as a starter. Perhaps he starts at center as Lloyd Cushenberry III seems likely to fall out of favor with the new regime. Quinn Meinerz will push for a starting spot, as well. Billy Turner and Tom Compton will battle it out for the starting right tackle spot, and both have experience in the offense Nathaniel Hackett will implement.

#19: Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills

Starting Five: LT Dion Dawkins, LG Rodger Saffold, C Mitch Morse, RG Ryan Bates, RT Spencer Brown

Sixth Man: OT/OG Cody Ford

Key Additions: OG Rodger Saffold, C Mitch Morse

Key Departures: OT Daryl Williams, OG Jon Feliciano

The Bills were a fairly average offensive line in 2021 with better pass-blocking efficiency than run-blocking. Buffalo ranked 14th in PFF’s pass-blocking grades and 27th in run-blocking. The additions of veterans Rodger Saffold and Mitch Morse will help their interior offensive line and should boost their rushing offense. Saffold ranked ninth in PFF run-blocking among offensive guards who played at least 600 snaps last year. Dion Dawkins is the leader on the offensive line, and he turned in a career-best PFF pass-blocking grade last year. The right side of the offensive line continues to be a question mark, however. Spencer Brown had the sixth-worst pass-blocking grade of all tackles with at least 600 snaps. Former UDFA Ryan Bates is also very unproven with only 454 career snaps in three seasons. Overall, this offensive line should be able to do enough to keep plays alive for Josh Allen, but it’s arguably the biggest weakness for the current Super Bowl favorites.

#20: Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings

Starting Five: LT Christian Darrisaw, LG Ezra Cleveland, C Garrett Bradbury, RG Chris Reed, RT Brian O’Neill

Sixth Man: OG Ed Ingram

Key Additions: OT/OG Jesse Davis

Key Departures: OG Mason Cole

Continuity is important along the offensive line, and the Vikings have that covered. The one new starter presumably is Chris Reed who is now on his fourth team in three years. Reed was solid filling in for Indianapolis last season, but rookie Ed Ingram could end up winning that starting spot. Christian Darrisaw allowed five sacks and 22 total pressures in just 11 games last year, but he improved as the season went on and should take a step forward. Brian O’Neill is reliable year in and year out with just 22 pressures and one sack allowed last season. Garrett Bradbury, however, hasn’t lived up to his first-round billing, and he was the worst-ranked center in pass-blocking grade on PFF last year (minimum 600 snaps). Ezra Cleveland, a 2020 second-rounder, took a sizeable step forward last year with just one sack allowed on 1,140 snaps. Overall, this offensive line lacks star power but it’s headed in the right direction and should be solid this year.

#21: New York Giants

New York Giants

Starting Five: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Shane Lemieux, C Jon Feliciano, RG Mark Glowinski, RT Evan Neal

Sixth Man: OG Max Garcia

Key Additions: OG Mark Glowinski, C Jon Feliciano

Key Departures: OG Will Hernandez, OT Nate Solder

The Giants spent the seventh overall pick in the draft on Evan Neal who many regarded as the most polished offensive line prospect in the class. Neal can play all over the line, but he joins Andrew Thomas as book-end tackles of the future for New York. Thomas took a sizeable step forward last season which was great to see for Giants fans as he allowed just two sacks and 18 total pressures after allowing ten sacks and 57 pressures in his rookie season. Shane Lemieux, a 2020 fifth-round pick, was frankly terrible in his rookie season with five sacks allowed in just 299 pass-blocking snaps, and he only played 17 snaps last year. Rookie Josh Ezeudu could win that starting role. Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski are solid veterans who should provide consistency in the interior of the offensive line. If Thomas keeps ascending and Neal hits the ground running, this team could rank much higher on the 2023 version of this article.

#22: Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

Starting Five: LT Ikem Ekwonu, LG Brady Christensen, C Bradley Bozeman, RG Austin Corbett, RT Taylor Moton

Sixth Man: IOL Pat Elflein

Key Additions: OT Ikem Ekwonu, OG Austin Corbett, C Bradley Bozeman

Key Departures: C Matt Paradis, OG John Miller

Like the Giants, the Panthers spent an early first-round pick on an offensive tackle. Ikem Ekwonu was regarded by many as the top offensive prospect in this year’s draft, and it’s easy to see why with his absurd power, strength, and agility despite his raw pass protection. Taylor Moton can teach him a thing or two about pass protection as Moton has a top-12 pass-blocking grade via PFF in each of the last four seasons (minimum 800 snaps). Austin Corbett and Bradley Bozeman help solidify the interior of the offensive line after some horrendous play last season – the starting interior trio accounted for 58.4% of Sam Darnold’s pressures taken last season. Interestingly, Brady Christensen’s two worst-graded starts in his rookie season were both at guard, so it’s no sure thing that he earns the starting spot over veteran Pat Elflein. Still, the Panthers have done good work with their offensive line this offseason bringing in three new starters who should boost the overall play.

Update: Starting center Bradley Bozeman suffered an ankle injury that could reportedly sideline him to start the season. I’m leaving him in the lineup for now and not moving the Panthers down the list, but keep an eye on his status.

#23: New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints

Starting Five: LT Trevor Penning, LG, Andrus Peat, C Erik McCoy, RG Cesar Ruiz, RT Ryan Ramczyk

Sixth Man: OT/OG James Hurst

Key Additions: OT Trevor Penning

Key Departures: OT Terron Armstead

The Saints suffered the most significant loss of any team along their offensive line this offseason when Terron Armstead signed with the Dolphins in free agency. Trevor Penning will be expected to replace him, but Penning is a very raw pass-blocker who drew 16 penalties in 2021 against FCS competition – it could be a long year at that position. Ryan Ramczyk is coming off his worst season and most missed time ever, but he’s been a stalwart for the Saints with only 12 career sacks given up in five seasons. The interior of the offensive line is concerning, however. Erik McCoy is unremarkable, but he ranked 18th among centers in overall PFF grade last year (min. 600 snaps). However, former first-round pick Cesar Ruiz has struggled to transition to the NFL and Andrus Peat is coming off a terrible season – they combined to allow eight sacks last year. This offensive line could be the fatal flaw for what is otherwise a very talented roster.

#24: Houston Texans

Houston Texans

Starting Five: LT Laremy Tunsil, LG Kenyon Green, C Justin Britt, RG A.J. Cann, RT Tytus Howard

Sixth Man: OT Charlie Heck

Key Additions: OG A.J. Cann, OT Cedric Ogbuehi

Key Departures: OT Marcus Cannon

The Texans’ offensive line had an abysmal 2021 season, particularly in run-blocking where they ranked last on both PFF and Football Outsiders. However, there are significant reasons for optimism. Houston was able to retain Laremy Tunsil, and he should bounce back from an injury-shortened 2021 to regain his previously elite form. The one positive of Tunsil’s injury was Tytus Howard proved to be a much better tackle than guard. Howard got four starts at tackle towards the end of 2021 and fared very well. The Texans also added A.J. Cann who ranked 11th in pass-blocking among guards with 600+ snaps last year. Rookie Kenyon Green has a pro-ready game and should be productive right away at guard. The biggest question is likely Justin Britt, but the veteran should fare just fine. With lots of youth and a lack of cohesion, I’m tempering my expectations, but Texans’ fans should be excited about the direction of this line.

#25: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars

Starting Five: LT Cam Robinson, LG Ben Bartch, C Tyler Shatley, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Jawaan Taylor

Sixth Man: IOL Luke Fortner

Key Additions: OG Brandon Scherff, IOL Luke Fortner

Key Departures: C Brandon Linder, OG Andrew Norwell, OG A.J. Cann

The Jaguars were criticized for not doing enough to build this offensive line in front of Trevor Lawrence, but Jacksonville ranked 10th in pass-blocking and 13th in run-blocking on Football Outsiders last year, so perhaps they aren’t so far away. For all of the criticism that Cam Robinson has taken in recent months, he only allowed one sack in 14 games last season. Jawaan Taylor is the bigger concern with six sacks and 34 total pressures allowed last season. Brandon Linder’s retirement was significant for Jacksonville, and rookie Luke Fortner has a strong chance to start at center this year. Fortner could also compete with the underwhelming Ben Bartch at guard. Brandon Scherff was the high-priced free agency addition for the Jaguars, and they’ll be hoping he can regain his 2020 form when he ranked second among guards on PFF before ranking 16th in 2021. Whether he’s a significant enough upgrade over Andrew Norwell to warrant that big contract is another question entirely.

#26: Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

Starting Five: LT Jake Matthews, LG Jalen Mayfield, C Matt Hennessy, RG Chris Lindstrom, RT Kaleb McGary

Sixth Man: OT Germain Ifedi

Key Additions: OT Germain Ifedi, OT Elijah Wilkinson

Key Departures: N/A

The Falcons came to an agreement on an extension with Jake Matthews this offseason, and 2021 was the first season he ranked outside the top-12 tackles on PFF in pass-blocking since 2016. Atlanta’s other starters upfront were all Day 1 or 2 draft picks in the last few years, which offers some hope for an upward trajectory for this group. PFF ranked Atlanta as the second-worst pass-blocking unit last season, so development will be necessary from those young players. Kaleb McGary allowed nine sacks and 41 total pressures last year while Jalen Mayfield allowed 11 sacks and 57 pressures – those two alone would put this team in the bottom tier of this list. However, Chris Lindstrom has developed into one of the best run-blockers in the NFL early in his career and Matt Hennessy ranked as the eighth-graded center on PFF overall last year. There’s enough to get excited about with this offensive line, but this will be a pivotal season as Atlanta enters its rebuild.

#27: Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

Starting Five: LT Dan Moore Jr., LG Kevin Dotson, C Mason Cole, RG James Daniels, RT Chukwuma Okorafor

Sixth Man: IOL Kendrick Green

Key Additions: OG James Daniels, OG Mason Cole

Key Departures: OG Trai Turner, OT Zach Banner

For all that was made about the Steelers’ supposedly terrible offensive line last season, they actually ranked 11th in pass-blocking per Football Outsiders as they allowed a below-average 38 sacks. Trai Turner was their highest-graded starter via PFF and he left in free agency, but James Daniels is a solid replacement who ranked 19th among qualified guards last year. Rookie Kendrick Green, the worst starter last season, was replaced by Mason Cole in free agency. However, Cole has struggled with pass-blocking in his career, and the Steelers likely overpaid for him. Dan Moore allowed 46 pressures and 7 sacks last season, tied for the tenth-most among offensive tackles. 2020 fourth-round pick Kevin Dotson was the best starter of the group with the fifth-best pass-blocking grade among guards with at least 400 snaps last year. Overall, this group is incredibly underwhelming, and they ranked just 28th in run-blocking per Football Outsiders as Najee Harris averaged just 3.9 yards per carry.

#28: Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans

Starting Five: LT Taylor Lewan, LG Aaron Brewer, C Ben Jones, RG Nate Davis, RT Dillon Radunz

Sixth Man: OT Nicholas Petit-Frere

Key Additions: OT Nicholas Petit-Frere

Key Departures: OG Rodger Saffold, OT David Quessenberry

The Titans ranked just 27th in pass-blocking grade on Football Outsiders last year as they allowed 47 sacks, the seventh-most in the NFL. David Quessenberry was responsible for 11 of those sacks last year, and the Titans will be hoping Dillon Radunz can provide a significant upgrade over Quessenberry at right tackle. Quessenberry was the Titans’ top graded run-blocker, however, on PFF, so it’s a significant loss from that standpoint. Tennessee’s starting guards, Aaron Brewer and Nate Davis, combined to allow 47 pressures and 11 sacks last year despite neither playing a full season. Ben Jones allowed 26 pressures last year, tied for the fourth-most among centers. Taylor Lewan took a massive step back last year with 21 pressures and four sacks allowed, and he hasn’t been the same player after the torn ACL. His recovery will be the key factor here for the Titans, but the team should be concerned by this poor offensive line, especially with the lack of depth.

#29: Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals

Starting Five: LT D.J. Humphries, LG Justin Pugh, C Rodney Hudson, RG Will Hernandez, RT Kelvin Beachum

Sixth Man: OT Josh Jones

Key Additions: OG Will Hernandez

Key Departures: OG Max Garcia

The Cardinals had opportunities to improve their offensive line this offseason, but they oddly chose not to despite their middling unit overall. D.J. Humphries took a big step back from his career year in 2020 as he allowed 42 pressures and seven sacks in 2021, the most he had allowed since his rookie season. Justin Pugh is a solid pass-blocker with no sacks or QB hits allowed last year, but he has graded poorly as a run-blocker for years now. The right side of the line is in even worse shape. Kelvin Beachum ranked 49th in run-blocking among OTs with 600+ snaps while Will Hernandez ranked outside the top 50 for run-blocking on PFF last year and surrendered seven sacks. Rodney Hudson was expected to buoy the offensive line when the Cardinals traded for him last offseason, but he ranked just 21st among centers in PFF grade. Arizona graded as the second-worst run-blocking line via PFF, and it’s hard to envision them improving significantly in 2022.

#30: Las Vegas Raiders

Oakland Raiders

Starting Five: LT Kolton Miller, LG Denzelle Good, C Andre James, RG Alex Leatherwood, RT Brandon Parker

Sixth Man: IOL Dylan Parham

Key Additions: OT Brandon Parker, IOL Dylan Parham, OT Thayer Munford

Key Departures: OG Richie Incognito, C Nick Martin

Kolton Miller is a borderline top-ten tackle in the NFL and he ranked seventh among tackles with 600+ snaps last year on PFF. However, that’s where the good news ends for the Raiders’ offensive line. Alex Leatherwood allowed 67 pressures, the most in the NFL, in his rookie season, and the new brass hasn’t made it clear whether they want him at tackle or guard yet. Brandon Parker allowed eight sacks last year, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL, and it was somehow his best-grades season on PFF. Denzelle Good and Andre James are hardly guaranteed for starting spots on the interior, and the Raiders likely would love to see Dylan Parham win a starting job. Jermaine Eluemunor and John Simpson will also be competing for spots. In all, this offensive line is a massive work in progress outside of Miller, and Josh McDaniels has his work cut out for him from a game-planning perspective to mitigate the potential damage this unit can cause.

#31: Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears

Starting Five: LT Larry Borom, LG Cody Whitehair, C Lucas Patrick, RG Sam Mustipher, RT Teven Jenkins

Sixth Man: OT Braxton Jones

Key Additions: IOL Lucas Patrick, OG Dakota Dozier

Key Departures: OT Germain Ifedi, OT Jason Peters, OG James Daniels

The Bears needed to upgrade their offensive line after allowing 58 sacks last season, the most in the NFL. Unfortunately for Justin Fields, they haven’t done enough to rectify that situation. Teven Jenkins was only able to get on the field for five games last year, and the rookie struggled with 11 pressures allowed in just 160 snaps. Jason Peters and James Daniels, the team’s two top offensive linemen from last season according to PFF grading, are no longer with the team. Larry Borom surrendered five sacks in just ten games and Sam Mustipher graded as the second-worst center last year among players with 600+ snaps. Lucas Patrick was solid in Green Bay last season, particularly in pass-blocking where he allowed just 18 pressures and one sack in 14 games. However, this offensive line is an eyesore, and the late-round shots on developmental prospects the Bears took won’t make a dent on what will be a terrible unit overall.

#32: Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

Starting Five: LT Charles Cross, LG Damien Lewis, C Austin Blythe, RG Gabe Jackson, RT Stone Forsythe

Sixth Man: OT Abraham Lucas

Key Additions: C Austin Blythe, OT Charles Cross, OT Abraham Lucas

Key Departures: OT Duane Brown, OG Ethan Pocic

The Seahawks finally started to mitigate one of their biggest weaknesses this year when they used the first-round pick they acquired in the Russell Wilson trade to draft Charles Cross, a tackle who was considered by many to be the best in this class. Cross is a pro-ready pass-protector, but projecting a rookie tackle for immediate success is always risky business. Cross may be playing across from another rookie in Abraham Lucas if he’s able to win the starting job from Stone Forsythe, a sixth-round pick from last year, and Jake Curhan, a 2021 undrafted free agent. Gabe Jackson and Damien Lewis combined to allow 58 pressures and four sacks last year in 1,618 total snaps, and the two former third-round picks are unlikely to improve considerably. Austin Blythe was a solid veteran pickup at a position of need in center, and he ranked 11th among all centers on PFF last year. However, this offensive line is heavily reliant on youth and will undergo lots of growing pains this season.

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