NFL Offensive Line Rankings 2021
Tier 1 – Untouchables
#1 Cleveland Browns
LT Jedrick Wills Jr., LG Joel Bitonio, C J.C. Tretter, RG Wyatt Teller, RT Jack Conklin
Key depth: OG Michael Dunn, OT Chris Hubbard
The Browns had the best offensive line in the NFL last season, and they have the individual accolades to show for it. Jack Conklin, Joel Bitonio, and Wyatt Teller made the All-Pro teams, while Jedrick Wills was incredibly impressive as a full-time rookie starter. Last year, J.C. Tretter was the forgotten man, but he’s far from a slouch at the center position. Cleveland allowed the 8th-fewest sacks in the NFL and had the third-most rushing yards as a team – Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are great individual talents, but this elite offensive line certainly helped them produce. It should be another excellent season for Kevin Stefanski’s offense behind this line that returns all five starters.
#2 New England Patriots
LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Michael Onwenu, C David Andrews, RG Shaquille Mason, RT Trent Brown
Key depth: C Ted Karras, OG James Ferentz
New England had a bad offense last season, but it certainly wasn’t the fault of their offensive line as they had one of the best groups in the NFL. Michael Onwenu was a revelation as a rookie sixth-round pick who succeeded at both right guard and right tackle. He’s in line to replace Joe Thuney, who signed with the Chiefs this offseason. Isaiah Wynn had a solid second year in the NFL, while Shaq Mason continues to be among the most potent run-blockers in the NFL. The return of David Andrews following a COVID-19-related opt-out is enormous, and Trent Brown’s introduction rounds out an elite unit.
#3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LT Donovan Smith, LG Ali Marpet, C Ryan Jensen, RG Alex Cappa, RT Tristan Wirfs
Key depth: OT Josh Wells, OG Aaron Stinnie
Last season, the Super Bowl champions had talent all over the roster, but the offensive line shouldn’t be overlooked as a critical factor in the title run. All five starters return from last season from a group that helped keep Tom Brady upright as the Buccaneers allowed the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL. Donovan Smith has been a stalwart throughout his six years in the NFL. Tristan Wirfs challenged Jedrick Wills for the most exciting rookie tackle in the class while Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, and Alex Cappa formed a stout interior of the offensive line. Aaron Stinnie and Robert Hainsey provide solid young depth for this team.
LT Orlando Brown, LG Joe Thuney, C Austin Blythe, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Lucas Niang
Key depth: OT Mike Remmers, C Creed Humphery, OT Andrew Wylie, OG Kyle Long
The Chiefs set out to remake their offensive line this offseason after the Buccaneers’ front seven smothered Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl. The handiwork of the front office should be celebrated as this unit looks to be one of the best in the NFL. Orlando Brown and Joe Thuney, two new additions, might just be the best left-side duo in the league. Austin Blythe looks to be the starting center after a great year with the Rams, but rookie Creed Humphery will challenge him right away. Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff returns after working on the front lines against COVID-19. Lucas Niang, Mike Remmers, and Andrew Wylie will be in a proper competition for the starting right tackle spot. This team has impressive depth on the offensive line that includes the recently un-retired Kyle Long. This will be the best blocking Mahomes has ever played with and will help Clyde Edwards-Helaire continue to improve as one of the youngest running backs in the NFL.
Tier 2 – Brick Houses
#5 Baltimore Ravens
LT Ronnie Stanley, LG Ben Bredeson, C Bradley Bozeman, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Alejandro Villanueva
Key depth: OG Michael Schofield, OG Ben Cleveland, C Patrick Mekari
The Ravens’ offensive line will be most associated with the departure of Orlando Brown, who was traded to the Chiefs for a first-round pick, but I actually think this unit might be improved from last year. Kevin Zeitler is an excellent veteran addition to the interior, while Ben Cleveland is a rookie who should challenge playing time right away. Ronnie Stanley returns from his season-ending injury, and Alejandro Villanueva is an excellent replacement for Brown at right tackle. I do not doubt that this offensive line should allow the Ravens to field one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL with Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, and Gus Edwards.
#6 Indianapolis Colts
LT Sam Tevi, LG Quenton Nelson, C Ryan Kelly, RG Mark Glowinski, RT Braden Smith
Key depth: OT Eric Fisher, OG Chris Reed
Indianapolis should be among the top tier of offensive lines, but the retirement of Anthony Costanzo threw a wrench into what was otherwise a group featuring remarkable consistency and continuity. Eric Fisher is the presumed starter at left tackle. However, he’s coming off an Achilles injury and may not be ready for the start of the season – that leaves Sam Tevi and Julie’n Davenport in competition for the starting spot on the left side. Quenton Nelson is also dealing with a foot injury, but he’s the best offensive lineman in the NFL when healthy. Braden Smith has been great in his first two seasons in the NFL, and Mark Glowinski and Ryan Kelly have been nothing but dependable. Whenever Fisher is ready to go, the Colts will have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but his ongoing recovery and Quenton Nelson’s foot injury leaves the Colts in the second tier for now.
#7 New Orleans Saints
LT Terron Armstead, LG Andrus Peat, C Erik McCoy, RG Cesar Ruiz, RT Ryan Ramczyk
Key depth: OT James Hurst, OG J.R. Sweezy
Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk are arguably the best offensive tackle duo in the NFL – Armstead was an All-Pro tackle, and Ramczyk was a Pro Bowler. Erik McCoy has been solid through his first two NFL seasons, particularly in run-blocking, while Cesar Ruiz showed decently well in his rookie season. Andrus Peat isn’t anything to write home about at guard. However, this unit played exceptionally well in 2020 and will be critical to the offensive transition this team will endure after Drew Brees’s retirement. If the young interior players can improve, the Saints can leap into the top tier of offensive lines.
#8 Los Angeles Chargers
LT Rashawn Slater, LG Matt Feiler, C Corey Linsley, RG Oday Aboushi, RT Bryan Bulaga
Key depth: OT Trey Pipkins, C Scott Quessenberry
The Chiefs weren’t the only AFC West team to completely remake their offensive line this offseason, as the Chargers will be featuring four new starters upfront. That includes Corey Linsley, the first-team All-Pro center from last season. Matt Feiler and Oday Aboushi round out the interior of the offensive line and come with much excitement as free agency additions. Rashawn Slater is the new left tackle and is one of my favorite prospects from this year’s rookie draft. Bryan Bulaga is the lone holdover after an injury-impacted first season in LA, and he should be able to return to formerly great play with these new additions. The lack of continuity could be concerning, but this talented group could finish the year much higher than the eighth-best offensive line.
#9 Dallas Cowboys
LT Tyron Smith, LG Connor Williams, C Tyler Biadasz, RG Zack Martin, RT La’el Collins
Key depth: OG Connor McGovern, OT Brandon Knight, OT Terrence Steele
2020 was a year full of absurdly lousy injury luck for Dallas as Dak Prescott and essentially their entire starting offensive line missed significant time during the season. However, the offensive line has been put back together again with some impressive building blocks. Tyron Smith is solid, although he will be gunning for his first full season since 2015 this year. La’el Collins has broken out into one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL, particularly in run-blocking, where he is outstanding. Zack Martin is the second-best all-around offensive guard in the NFL and is the only guard who comes close to matching Quenton Nelson’s elite play. Connor Williams has been impressive so far in his career and should make another leap in 2021. Travis Frederick and Joe Looney have now retired, leaving second-year Tyler Biadasz as the starter. He was a steal in the fourth round last year and could be in line for a second-year leap in Dallas.
#10 Detroit Lions
LT Taylor Decker, LG Jonah Jackson, C Frank Ragnow, RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai, RT Penei Sewell
Key depth: OT Tyrell Crosby, OG Logan Sternberg
I love it when teams kick off a rebuild by building through the trenches, and that’s exactly what Detroit has done with new GM Brad Holmes and new head coach Dan Campbell. They had to have been thrilled when offensive tackle Penei Sewell fell to them at #7 in the draft – I had him graded as the best player overall in this year’s class. Sewell will have some growing pains – he’s only 20 years old and opted out of last season due to COVID-19 – but he has All-Pro upside in the future. Taylor Decker is one of the better left tackles in the NFL and has defined consistency at the position, while center Frank Ragnow has improved in each of his first three years in the NFL. Jonah Jackson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai aren’t terribly exciting at offensive guard, but the tackles and center make this a high-upside, stout line.
Tier 3 – Difference Makers
#11 Los Angeles Rams
LT Andrew Whitworth, LG David Edwards, C Brian Allen, RG Austin Corbett, RT Rob Havenstein
Key depth: OT Joseph Noteboom, OG Bobby Evans
Andrew Whitworth will have to retire at a certain point, but the 39-year-old offensive tackle continues to defy Father Time at one of the most tolling positions in the game. He missed seven games last year, though, and that’s part of what keeps the Rams out of the second tier of offensive lines. The interior of the offensive line is not set in stone after Austin Blythe joined the Chiefs after a solid year at center. Austin Corbett broke out as a third-year pro and will get a shot to replace Blythe at the center, but for now, I have Brian Allen slated as the starter – he hasn’t played since 2019, though. Bobby Evans could be in line to start at right guard if Corbett shifts to center while David Edwards is a solid left guard. Rob Havenstein bounced back robustly last season. The Rams’ strong coaching helps their offensive line exceed expectations every year.
#12 San Francisco 49ers
LT Trent Williams, LG Laken Tomlinson, C Alex Mack, RG Daniel Brunskill, RT Mike McGlinchey
Key depth: OG Tom Compton, OG Aaron Banks
Trent Williams was a Pro Bowler last season and arguably the best offensive tackle in the NFL, and the 49ers’ offensive line often goes as he goes. Laken Tomlinson is coming off a strong season by his standards, and his continuity with the team goes a long way. A former first-round pick, Mike McGlinchey has been a stellar run-blocker but less consistent in pass protection since entering the league. Alex Mack is the new face at the center at 35 years old, and the former six-time Pro Bowler is no longer at the peak of his powers, but he’s an upgrade over what the team had last season. Right guard is the one question mark on the offensive line, and I’m expecting a real competition between Daniel Brunskill, Tom Compton, and Aaron Banks. The 49ers will surely hope Banks can win the job – he represents the most upside as a second-rounder this year.
#13 Philadelphia Eagles
LT Andre Dillard, LG Isaac Semalo, C Jason Kelce, RG Brandon Brooks, RT Lane Johnson
Key depth: OG Landon Dickerson, OT Jack Driscoll
Typically one of the more consistent offensive lines in the NFL, the Eagles allowed a whopping 65 sacks – by far the most in the league – amidst a slew of injuries last season. Jason Kelce was the lone bright spot on the offensive line last season, but his heir apparent is waiting in the wings in second-round rookie Landon Dickerson. Brandon Brooks returns after missing all of 2020, and Lane Johnson should be back to form after a disappointing season. 2021 could be a natural transition year for Philadelphia as Kelce, Brooks, and Johnson are all on the wrong side of 30. It’s a make-or-break season for left tackle Andre Dillard, as well, as the 2019 first-round pick has not lived up to that evaluation so far. If the veterans in this group can return to form, Philly could field a well-above-average offensive line this year.
Tier 4 – Strong, Not Sexy
#14 Arizona Cardinals
LT D.J. Humphries, LG Justin Pugh, C Rodney Hudson, RG Justin Murray, RT Kelvin Beachum
Depth: C Max Garcia, OG Brian Winters
The Cardinals have fielded a tremendous pass-blocking offensive line in the Kliff Kingsbury era but have not been very good in run-blocking. D.J. Humphries is coming off an outstanding season, and Kelvin Beachum is quality at right tackle – they’re more than good enough to hold down the fort for Kyler Murray. Justin Pugh and Justin Murray were fine last season; not spectacular, though. However, the star of the offensive line is Rodney Hudson, who is arguably the best center in the NFL. He will provide a massive upgrade over Mason Cole, the starter last year, and he should help Chase Edmonds and James Conner generate more open rushing lanes this season to make for a more well-rounded offense.
#15 Tennessee Titans
LT Taylor Lewan, LG Rodger Saffold, C Ben Jones, RG Nate Davis, RT Ty Sambrailo
Key depth: OT Kendall Lamm, OT Dillon Radunz
Taylor Lewan returns from a torn ACL that ended his 2020 season, and he’s the pivotal piece of this offensive line as he was in line to make his fourth-straight Pro Bowl before that injury. The other tackle spot is a question mark as Isaiah Wilson, a 2020 first-rounder, was released after three games with the team. Ty Sambrailo is the presumed starter as a tenured player, but Tennessee will be hoping rookie second-rounder Dillon Radunz can win the job. Rodger Saffold, Nate Davis, and Ben Jones are all very dependable interior offensive linemen. This unit as a whole succeeds more in the run game than the passing game, but it’s easy to see why with a monster like Derrick Henry in the backfield.
#16 Green Bay Packers
LT David Bakhtiari, LG Elgton Jenkins, C Josh Myers, RG Lucas Patrick, RT Billy Turner
Depth: OT Dennis Kelly, OG Jon Runyan
Throughout most of Aaron Rodgers’s career, the Packers have fielded one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. However, the recent departures of Bryan Bulaga and Corey Linsley, both to the Chargers in free agency over the past two years, have left the Packers a little light upfront. Elgton Jenkins could be in line to replace All-Pro center Linsley as a Pro Bowler last year. Green Bay selected Josh Myers in the second round this year, and he could also be the starting center. Rick Wagner’s departure leaves Billy Turner as the likely starting right tackle. The Packers will still have a solid offensive line this season despite their recent departures. Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams headlining the skill positions make life easier on the blocking upfront.
#17 Buffalo Bills
LT Dion Dawkins, LG Cody Ford, C Mitch Morse, RG Jon Feliciano, RT Daryl Williams
Key depth: OG Ike Boettger, OT Bobby Hart
The Bills are more known for the high-flying passing game led by Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, but the offensive line deserves a ton of credit for the potent scoring attack. Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams have been incredibly consistent in the NFL and were one of the league’s best tackle tandems last year. It’s going to be a pivotal year for Cody Ford, a 2019 second-round pick, as he hasn’t yet come to fruition. Mitch Morse and Jon Feliciano are nothing to write home about but are pretty solid, particularly in pass-blocking. As a whole, this offensive line is much better in pass protection than run-blocking.
#18 Washington Football Team
LT Charles Leno Jr., LG Wes Schweitzer, C Chase Roullier, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Samuel Cosmi
Key depth: OT Cornelius Lucas, OG Ereck Flowers, OT Saahdiq Charles
The Washington offensive line had a surprisingly solid season, especially in terms of interior play. Brandon Scherff is coming off a first-team All-Pro season and is one of the best offensive guards in the NFL. Chase Roullier and Wes Schweitzer have continued to improve throughout their young careers. Charles Leno Jr. comes in as a consistently solid offensive tackle. The right tackle spot is a bit of a question mark, though, after veteran Morgan Moses was released. Rookie second-rounder Samuel Cosmi could be in line to start, but Cornelius Lucas and Saahdiq Charles will also compete for the spot.
#19 Seattle Seahawks
LT Duane Brown, LG Damien Lewis, C Ethan Pocic, RG Gabe Jackson, RT Brandon Shell
Key depth: C Kyle Fuller, OT Cedric Ogbuehi
Russell Wilson complained about his offensive line this offseason, but, ironically, this is arguably the best line he’s ever played behind. Duane Brown is a stalwart left tackle dominant in pass protection, while right tackle Brandon Shell is coming off a career year. Damien Lewis was an excellent run-blocker last season, and while his pass-blocking needs work, he should continue to improve in his rookie year. Gabe Jackson is coming off a couple of down seasons but has been a strong pass protector throughout his career. Ethan Pocic and Kyle Fuller are entrenched in a battle for the center spot. Overall, this should be a pretty solid offensive line in all respects.
Tier 5 – Headed in the Right Direction
#20 New York Jets
LT Mekhi Becton, LG Alijah Vera-Tucker, C Connor McGovern, RG Greg Van Roten, RT Morgan Moses
Key depth: OT George Fant, OG Alex Lewis
The offensive tackle class in 2020 was outstanding, with Jedrick Wills and Tristan Wirfs leading the pack, but Mekhi Becton can’t be forgotten after an exceptional debut year. Alijah Vera-Tucker will shore up the left side of the offensive line as a player capable of playing at tackle or guard. After solid seasons, George Van Roten returns at right guard and Connor McGovern returns at center. Rounding out the offensive line will be Morgan Moses, the former Washington veteran. The Jets have done a solid job of building out this offensive line in preparation for the arrival of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, and this unit could jump into the tier above.
#21 Jacksonville Jaguars
LT Cam Robinson, LG Andrew Norwell, C Brandon Linder, RG AJ Cann, RT Jawaan Taylor
Key depth: OT Walker Little, OG Ben Bartch
Trevor Lawrence arrives in Jacksonville as one of the most hyped quarterback prospects in recent years, but this offensive line may not be ready for him. The Jaguars franchise-tagged Cam Robinson after an underwhelming season; he’s been below-average for the entirety of his career. Jawaan Taylor made the All-Rookie team as a second-rounder in 2019 but is coming off a disappointing season, and he needs to have a third-year jump. Walker Little could push for a starting spot over Robinson or Taylor shortly. Andrew Norwell and A.J. Mann have been solid offensive guards, while Brandon Linder is a proven commodity as one of the better centers in the NFL. Jacksonville has to get better plays from its tackles, but the interior carries a decent ranking here.
#22 Denver Broncos
LT Garett Bolles, LG Dalton Risner, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, RG Graham Glasgow, RT Bobby Massie
Key depth: OT Calvin Anderson, OG Quinn Meinerz, OG Netane Muti
Garett Bolles broke through last year as a second-team All-Pro offensive tackle following a disappointing return early in his career as a 2017 first-round pick. Bolles will be looking to continue playing as one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL. The Broncos signed Bobby Massie to play right tackle after Ja’Wuan James opted out in 2020 and tore his Achilles this offseason. Denver will be hopeful for improvements from Dalton Risner and Lloyd Cushenberry III early in their careers, while Graham Glasgow is a solid offensive guard. Quinn Meinerz and Netane Muti profile as high-upside young interior players who should compete for a starting spot, while Calvin Anderson should factor in as a former undrafted player.
#23 Houston Texans
LT Laremy Tunsil, LG Max Scharping, C Justin Britt, RG Justin McCray, RT Marcus Cannon
Key depth: OT Tytus Howard, OG Lane Taylor
The Texans profile as one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but their offensive line could be worse. Laremy Tunsil is one of the better pass-protecting tackles in the NFL but has been inconsistent in run-blocking. Houston signed Marcus Cannon from the Patriots to start at right tackle, and he’s a solid player there. The interior of the offensive line is quite interesting Tytus Howard and Lane Taylor aren’t slated as starters yet. Still, Max Scharping and Justin McCray’s starting guard spots are far from guaranteed. Justin Britt came out of retirement to play for the first time since 2019, and he’s a solid center. Geron Christian and Roderick Johnson are reliable backups at the tackle spots, so this team has great depth on the offensive line.
Tier 6 – Bad News Bears
#24 Atlanta Falcons
LT Jake Matthews, LG Josh Andrews, C Matt Hennessy, RG Chris Lindstrom, RT Kaleb McGary
Key depth: OT Willie Beavers, OG Jaylen Mayfield
New head coach Arthur Smith will need to overcome an underwhelming offensive line to elevate the Atlanta offense. Jake Matthews has been very steady at left tackle, and 2019 first-rounder Kaleb McGary has improved in his first two years at right tackle. Chris Lindstrom, a fellow 2019 first-rounder, has also progressed well. Josh Andrews could be in line to replace James Carpenter at left tackle, but if Jaylen Mayfield progresses quickly, he could claim on the starting spot. Matt Hennessey, a 2020 third-rounder who played minimally last season, replaces Alex Mack, a former stalwart for this team. Outside of Matthews, the rest of this offensive line has a wide range of outcomes for this season.
#25 Minnesota Vikings
LT Christian Darrisaw, LG Ezra Cleveland, C Garrett Bradbury, RG Olisaemeka Udoh, RT Brian O’Neill
Key depth: OG Mason Cole, OG Dakota Dozier, OG Wyatt Davis
The Vikings struggled last season as they allowed a 30.2% pressure rate, the highest in the NFL. The run-blocking was solid in allowing Dalvin Cook to find open rushing lanes, but Kirk Cousins was on his heels far too often. Minnesota selected left tackle Christian Darrisaw in the first round, and he needs to hit the ground running for the team to succeed in pass protection. Brian O’Neil has been very consistent for the Vikings. Garrett Bradbury and Ezra Cleveland were better in run-blocking than pass protection last season. The right guard spot is a question mark, and there will be an open competition between Udoh, Cole, Dozier, and rookie third-rounder Wyatt Davis. If this team can improve pass protection enough, they should be one of the more improved offensive lines.
#26 Las Vegas Raiders
LT Kolton Miller, LG Richie Incognito, C Andre James, RG Denzelle Good, RT Alex Leatherwood
Key depth: C Nick Martin, OG John Simpson
It’s unclear why the Raiders felt they needed to blow up a solid offensive line last season, but Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, and Trent Brown are gone. Kolton Miller returns after a decent 2020, while Richie Incognito is back to full health after only 74 snaps last season. Denzelle Good will replace Jackson at right guard and is likely a downgrade at the position. The Raiders inexplicably traded Rodney Hudson, one of the best centers in the game. They will see Andre James and Nick Martin entrenched in an unremarkable competition for the starting spot. Alex Leatherwood is the presumed starting right tackle, but he was a surprising pick in the first round as most analysts did not see him as worthy of that selection.
#27 Chicago Bears
LT Teven Jenkins, LG Cody Whitehair, C Sam Mustipher, RG James Daniels, RT Germain Ifedi
Key depth: OT Elijah Wilkinson, OT Jason Peters
The Bears moved on from solid offensive tackles Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie, who became cap casualties. Rookie second-rounder Teven Jenkins is the likely starting left tackle, and while he was graded as a first-round pick by many, it could take some time for him to grow accustomed to the NFL. Germain Ifedi looks to be the starting right tackle after a few solid years for the Seahawks, but Elijah Wilkinson will compete for that spot. Cody Whitehair and James Daniels have been consistent presences in the interior, but Sam Mustipher is a relative unknown at the center. The Bears will need to get decent offensive line play to support rookie quarterback Justin Fields, but I’m not sure this group is capable of that.
Tier 7 – QB Health Hazards
#28 Cincinnati Bengals
LT Jonah Williams, LG Quinton Spain, C Trey Hopkins, RG Michael Jordan, RT Riley Reiff
Key depth: OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG Jackson Carman
Cincinnati promised to work on its offensive line this offseason after Joe Burrow suffered a slew of season-ending injuries, including a torn ACL, MCL, PCL, and meniscus. However, instead of drafting Penei Sewell in the first round, they drafted Ja’Marr Chase at wide receiver who didn’t play in 2020 and is having a rough training camp. Riley Reiff will start at the right tackle and is an upgrade, but an underwhelming one. Jonah Williams has only played ten games in his first two seasons. Second-rounder Jackson Carman could compete for a starting spot sooner rather than later as Quinton Spain and Michael Jordan are underwhelming. Center Trey Hopkins is arguably the best starter in this offensive line, but this group lacks cohesion, and it’s going to be a concern for Joe Burrow coming back from his serious injuries.
#29 Miami Dolphins
LT Austin Jackson, LG Liam Eichenberg, C Michael Deiter, RG Robert Hunt, RT Jesse Davis
Key depth: OT Greg Little, C Matt Skura
The Dolphins will be relying on several young players this season which gives them tremendous downside upfront. Austin Jackson (2020 first round), Liam Eichenberg (2021 second round), Michael Deiter (2019 third round), and Robert Hunt (2020 second round) have all been drafted in the last few rounds. Jesse Davis is the lone veteran in the group, but he’s been underwhelming so far in his career. I’m a big Tua Tagovailoa fan, so I’m hopeful this offensive line can do enough to protect him this season. Miami has upside given the young players in this starting group, but it’s hard to rank them much higher until we see how these prospects mesh together and develop.
#30 Carolina Panthers
LT Cameron Erving, LG Pat Elflein, C Matt Paradis, RG John Miller, RT Taylor Moton
Key depth: C Sam Tecklenberg, OT Brady Christensen
It was a year of inconsistency and unproven starters on the offensive line for Carolina, and I don’t have a lot of confidence in this group moving forward. Cam Erving seems like the locked-and-loaded left tackle starter, although he’s had an inconsistent career, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Brady Christensen compete for that spot. Thanks to Taylor Moton’s return, the right tackle is sturdy, while Matt Paradis is a solid player who hasn’t quite lived up to his previously elite play in Denver. Pat Elflein is the new face at guard, while John Miller has been disappointing. This offensive line as a whole has a history of disappointing play.
#31 Pittsburgh Steelers
LT Chukwuma Okorafor, LG Kevin Dotson, C JC Hasenauer, RG Trai Turner, RT Zach Banner
Key depth: OG Rashaad Coward, OT Joe Haeg
The Steelers had a terrible offensive line last season that contributed to their having the NFL’s worst rushing offense. The arrival of rookie running back Najee Harris will help the run game, but the offensive line might be even worse than last year. Maurkice Pouncey retired, David DeCastro was released, and Matt Feiler and Alejandro Villanueva left in free agency. That leaves Chukwuma Okorafor as the only remaining starter from last year, and he was pretty bad last season. There just isn’t a lot to be excited about with this group, and it’s going to hold back what would otherwise have been a very exciting offense.
#32 New York Giants
LT Andrew Thomas, LG Shane Lemieux, C Nick Gates, RG Will Hernandez, RT Matt Peart
Key depth: OT Nate Solder, OG Ted Larsen
The 2020 rookie offensive tackle class was outstanding, with Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs, and Mekhi Becton showing out as rookies. I had Andrew Thomas graded the highest out of that group, and he was by far the worst one. He should improve in his second season, but it may not matter much with the state of the rest of this line. Nate Solder opted out last season and will compete with Matt Peart, a 2020 third-rounder, for the right tackle spot. The tackle spots are fine, but the interior is problematic as Nick Gates, Shane Lemieux, and Will Hernandez were actively bad last year. Ted Larsen, Zach Fulton, Kenny Wiggins, and Jonotthan Harrison will be in the mix with the poor interior play. The offensive line being anything other than well below-average would be a shock, to say the least, and that will limit the Giants’ offense severely.