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Ranking All 32 Offensive Line Units

After concluding our rankings of position units on the defensive side of the ball, TRO is hopping across the line of scrimmage to the offensive side. First up, we will be showing some love to the big boys in the middle, the offensive linemen. Check out TRO's worst to best (32-1) rankings of all 32 offensive line units:

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The offensive line might be the most important unit in all of football. It is the glue that holds everything together. A good or bad offensive line can make or break a franchise no matter who you have taking snaps at quarterback, who is toting the rock in the backfield, who is catching passes, or who is playing defense. Let's dive into how we expect each team's offensive line to fare in 2021.


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In 2020, the offensive line for the New York Giants allowed the second most sacks in the NFL, and it did not create many running lanes to help out the team's run game either. While they will have the return of Nate Solder, who opted out in 2020, he might not even have the starting job locked up anymore, and the team did not address any of this unit's remaining needs through Free Agency or the Draft. Unless their young tackles, Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart, take an unexpected and unprecedented leap going into 2021, this line will post bottom of the barrel numbers similar to the production it had in 2021.


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The Houston Texans have seemed to routinely have very poor offensive line play. Since entering the League, Deshaun Watson has been one of the most hit quarterbacks in all of the NFL, and we've gotten accustomed to him running around for his life. While we likely won't see Watson suit up in Houston, we can expect Tyrod Taylor or Davis Mills to be running for their lives as well. The Texans allowed the third most sacks in 2020, and despite acquiring Laremy Tunsil in 2019, who has been one of the more productive tackles in the League, they still don't have the pieces around him to remove this unit from the pits of TRO's rankings. To put it bluntly, the acquisitions of Marcus Cannon and formerly retired Justin Britt won't make much of a difference in 2021 for Houston.


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Jake Matthews is a very solid and consistent left tackle, especially in pass protection. Despite his play, Atlanta still accumulated the 11th most sacks in 2020. Where this group really drops off is in the run game. They simply struggle at keeping defensive linemen at bay when the ball is on the ground, and fail to create holes for their running backs. Instead of addressing the gaps in the middle of the line, and the loss of center, Alex Mack, the Falcons apparently will try to deploy physical back Mike Davis to overcome the line's inability to help their ballcarriers get to the second level. In 2021, this offensive line will continue to have a bottom third showing in pass protection, and a near-bottom of the League type of productivity in creating holes for the run game.


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No team took a bigger hit to its offensive line this offseason than Pittsburgh. While they allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL in 2020, they will have four new starters taking the field in 2021 to replace Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Alejandro Villanueva, and Matt Feiler. Read that again. The Steelers lost Pouncey, DeCastro, Villanueva, and Feiler all in the same offseason. While they did pick up former five-time Pro Bowler, Trai Turner, and landed Kendrick Green in the third round of the Draft, this will be far from the Steelers offensive line we've all grown accustomed to seeing over the years. They will hope to overcome this shortcoming with Big Ben's quick release, and the physicality of Najee Harris. Otherwise, this line will not put together a good showing in 2021.


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When most people try to picture the Bengals offensive line, the image of Joe Burrow's injury ending his promising rookie season tends to come to mind. While all offensive lines collapse at times, and quarterbacks always get hit, Bengals quarterbacks were hit a lot in 2020. This line allowed the sixth most sacks in the League last year. Jonah Williams had a decent year at left tackle despite the line's production as a whole, so Cincinnati fans are hopeful that the acquisition of Riley Reiff will balance out the right side. They also drafted Jackson Carman to fill in at guard, but these acquisitions do not create a consistent, long term fix to the problems the Bengals offensive line posed in 2020.


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The Panthers have had a different left tackle starting each and every year since franchise legend Jordan Gross retired following the 2013 season. That trend will continue in 2021 as the Panthers will likely have Cam Erving take his first reps as a starter in Carolina. Outside of left tackle, the Panthers have more question marks all over the line, except for Taylor Moton, who is a top 10 right tackle in the League. While the Panthers were more than wise to extend Moton, right tackle play alone will not get you very far. Last season, the Panthers had nine different offensive linemen play meaningful snaps throughout the season, and a lot of that was due to poor performance rather than injury. This year, it already seems to follow that same mold as the most of the group of players they have all seem to be competing for starting jobs. The good news is that they have adequate depth relatively equal to the starting talent of most of their offensive line. The bad news is that the ceiling of the talent of this group is extremely low. Unless they figure out how to clone Moton, this group will have a tough time this season.


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In 2019, the Miami Dolphins had the hands-down worst offensive line in the NFL. They improved last season with a better showing, but they still did not impress by any means. They'll have three second year players and a rookie starting on the line this year, looking to continue to improve and grow. This could very well evolve into an above-average unit in the near future, but this young core is not there yet and will have to continue develop and improve along the way.


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It was not long ago that the Raiders touted one of the most pristine offensive lines in all of football. Unfortunately for Las Vegas fans, their current group does not resemble what it once was. The Raiders surprisingly parted ways with Trent Brown, Rodney Hudson, and Gabe Jackson this offseason. They will be left with only two returning starters going into 2021: Kolton Miller and Richie Incognito. Miller is an average left tackle, and Incognito is still a fairly solid guard, but has had trouble staying on the field given his age. The Raiders attempted to fill these newly created holes by drafting Alex Leatherwood at right tackle, promoting Denzelle Good to start at right guard, and letting Andre James and Nick Martin battle it out for the center spot. Good and James/Martin don't seem like long-term solutions, and the Raiders will need time to develop Leatherwood while eventually replacing Incognito before this line takes shape. Look for this unit to have a fairly tough time meshing in 2021.


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In 2020, the offensive line for the Seattle Seahawks allowed the fifth most sacks, and Russell Wilson was sacked on 8% of his pass attempts. The Seahawks will be returning four out of five starting offensive linemen in 2021, which likely means a repeat performance from a season ago. The good news is, Duane Brown has been productive at left tackle, which is usually the toughest position to fill. The team's new starter will be Gabe Jackson, who should be a slight improvement at the right guard position (unless he plays on the left for Seattle). The problem is, Jackson is coming in following the retirement of veteran left guard Mike Iupati. When you look at this transaction under that lens, it actually is more of a downgrade for the offensive line as a whole because the Seahawks will be trying to fill the void left by Iupati, and right now it looks like it will be filled by either pushing a right guard to play left, or promoting an unproven member of the roster.


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The offensive line for the New York Jets will be an intriguing unit to watch. Certainly, everyone is used to associating the Jets with poor offensive line play, and 2020 was no exception. However, rising second year player Mekhi Becton had a very promising rookie year; so, it appears the Jets have found their answer at the left tackle position. This year, the Jets spent their second first round draft pick on Alijah Vera-Tucker, who will likely be starting at left guard alongside Becton. Connor McGovern will return at center, and Greg Van Roten at right guard. Finally, the Jets went out this offseason and picked up underrated right tackle, Morgan Moses, which was a very solid move. While this unit still will be below average while it continues to improve and grow around its newly developing, young core, climbing up to the 24th spot from amongst the very bottom is a promising sign for the future.


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The Vikings will be bringing back three starters from a year ago, and they lucked out in landing a promising prospect in left tackle Christian Darrisaw in this year's Draft. However, last season, the Vikings' offensive line allowed sacks on 7.3% of pass attempts (10th worst) and allowed the 12th most sacks. If Darrisaw can deliver immediately, this unit will improve and hover around the League average, but if Darrisaw takes time, which most rookie left tackles tend to do, then next year could be a little bit of a struggle for this unit. We can expect Ezra Cleveland and Olisaemeka Udoh to man the guard positions, Garrett Bradbury to return at center, and Brian O'Neil at right tackle. Darrisaw just underwent a second groin surgery, and while the Vikings hope he will be ready for week 1, the problem is that he is missing out on crucial training camp and practice reps to get him acclimated to the NFL. O'Neil has been consistent on the right side, but the interior play of this group tends to struggle in pass protection. I'd imagine this unit will struggle early, slightly improve as the year progresses (if they stay healthy), and post similar numbers to a year ago.


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One of the few units to return all five starters from a year ago. While this unit is slightly below average, it is not a terrible group. Andrew Norwell headlines the group, as he is one of the more productive left guards in football. The Jags slapped left tackle, Cam Robinson with the franchise tag, ensuring that he'll remain in Jacksonville for at least another year. Robinson, and the remainder of the line not named Norwell, all produce at a slightly effective, but slightly below average, level. There's certainly room for improvement, especially on the pass protection front, but it could be a lot worse.


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The Chicago Bears offensive line will look noticeably different in 2021 than it did in 2020. This offseason, the team parted ways with both of its tenured starting tackles. In an effort to fill the holes left behind, the Bears utilized their second round pick to draft left tackle Teven Jenkins and signed free agents Elijah Wilkinson and Jason Peters. Jenkins looks to be a good fit for the Bears, but will likely need some time to develop into a well-rounded pass protector and run finisher, which explains the Peters signing. Peters will, without a doubt, be the starting left tackle. Despite injury troubles the past three seasons, and the fact that he is 39, he is still a two time first team All-Pro, four time second team All-Pro, nine time Pro Bowler, and a Super Bowl Champion. The pressing issue at hand that the Bears need figure out will be determining who to start between Wilkinson and Germain Ifedi at right tackle. They do get some solid interior play out of left guard Cody Whitehair, but could use more consistency from right guard James Daniels and center Sam Mustipher. This won't be a very bad offensive line, but it will have a main point of weakness coming from the right side.


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Left tackle Garret Bolles is coming off of an impressive 2020 season, and he helped the Broncos offensive line let up the 12th least sacks last year. The rest of the line is fairly average, and capable of getting the job done. What brings this unit down to a below average ranking is their subpar contributions to the run game. They did sign Bobby Massie for the right tackle position, but they lack any threatening interior push. Until the inside of this line can do a better job of pushing the line of scrimmage at the point of attack to help open up running lanes, their decent pass protection capabilities alone cannot carry them over a slightly below average ranking.


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The Football Team allowed the fourth most sacks and their quarterbacks were sacked on 7.7% (seventh worst) passing plays in 2020. So, why are they ranked high as 18 going into 2021? For starters, they do get the job done on the ground, better than a large portion of the League. Secondly, they did a great job addressing pass protection needs this offseason. They added Charles Leno, who has had a consistent career in Chicago, and they drafted the versatile Samuel Cosmi in the second round of the Draft. Cosmi was viewed by most, certainly by TRO, as a first round talent. They also utilized the franchise tag to bring back Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff. All in all, this unit improved from a year ago, and should hover around an average level of productivity this season.


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The Eagles have some big names on the offensive line: Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Brandon Brooks. When healthy, they have the right side locked down. Last year, injuries ravaged this line, and to no surprise, they allowed the most sacks in the NFL (65). Their quarterbacks were sacked on 9.8% of passing plays (League worst by 1%). However, with the big names healthy, they will have all the tools to put together a solid performance. Johnson is a three time Pro-Bowler and a first team All-Pro, Kelce is four time Pro-Bowler and a three time first team All-Pro, and Brandon Brooks is a three time Pro-Bowler. Let's not forget they are all Super Bowl Champions as well. If the Eagles can figure out the left side, this has the potential to be one of the best offensive lines in the League. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, left tackle Jordan Mailata and left guard Isaac Seumalo will hold this group back, bringing them down to a more average ranking.


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The Chargers' offensive line was not bad in 2020. It allowed the eighteenth most sacks, and had the twelfth lowest percentage of sacks allowed when attempting to pass. They had slightly below average impact in the run game, but were not terrible on that front either. While this line wasn't awful, you always want to improve at this position group, especially when you have a talent like Justin Herbert entering his second year at quarterback. The Chargers drafted tackle Rashawn Slater, who has been turning lots of heads in training camp (even Joey Bosa's). They also picked up former Packer's center Corey Linsley and guards Matt Feiler and Oday Aboushi in Free Agency. This unit should be improved in 2021, but it just might take a few weeks for it to really mesh, which is why they find themselves at the midway point in TRO's rankings.


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Last season, the Ravens lead the NFL in yard per carry average (5.5) on the ground. Their offensive line paved the way for all of their ball carriers, even after losing left tackle Ronnie Stanley to injury for most of the season. This season, Baltimore will have a healthy Stanley, and although they traded Orlando Brown, Jr., they will have veteran, Alejandro Villanueva fill his role, which should be a relatively decent transition. It is worth noting that for the first time in his career, Villanueva will be playing right tackle, so that might cause some hiccups early. Either way, the Ravens will continue to have relatively solid offensive line play on the outside. It will be the interior portion of the line that might cause some headaches for Baltimore fans, as it was its weak spot last year. They did slightly improve on that front this offseason, after they added Kevin Zeitler to play right guard, but TRO believes that this unit will look a lot like last year's, even taking a very slight step backwards in the run game. This o-line will still be very good in that aspect, but they will not be at the top of the League. Expect this group to put up another solid year of productivity on the ground, while being weaker in pass protection, especially coming up the middle.


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The Bills have a solid group up front. They allowed the ninth fewest sacks in 2020, which largely can be attributed to their talented tackle tandem of Daryl Williams and Dion Dawkins. The Center, Mitch Morse is a relatively formidable center, but could stand to improve in run blocking. In contrast, right guard Joe Feliciano is the team's best run blocker, but needs a lot of help in pass protection. Finally, left guard is the biggest issue, and overall, interior play is what keeps this unit from climbing any higher in the rankings.


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When healthy, the Titans have a good offensive line which is headlined by their extremely physical left tackle, Taylor Lewan. They also receive strong left guard play out of Rodger Saffold, and their center is consistently adequate. They need help at right tackle, and could stand to improve a little more at right guard. This unit is one of the few groups carried to a top 16 ranking by its capabilities in the run game (as evidenced by Derrick Henry's monster numbers). What prevents this line from jumping up any further is its pass protection. They fall outside of the top 10 in percentage of passing plays that resulted in a sack, and their lack of an answer at right tackle means that they will be unlikely to improve in that aspect from last season.


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The Cardinals are coming off of two consecutive seasons with elite pass protection, and most importantly they have trended upward across those two years. Left tackle D.J. Humphries is coming off of a career year, and the team managed to bring back 3 other starters, making it four out of five returning from a year ago. They did not bring back their center, but they were able to land arguably the best center in the League in Rodney Hudson, which is an obvious upgrade. As a whole, this line should continue to get better in its third year under Kliff Kingsbury. The only thing holding this line from jumping into the top 10 is its drastic downside in the run game. This group has a tough time creating run lanes. Luckily for Arizona, Kyler Murrary's scrambling ability helps take some the pressure off of the line, but looking solely at the line's performance, they need to improve in this area.


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The Detroit Lions have an offensive line with a very high floor. If rookie Penei Sewell remotely lives up to the hype in his first season, then this line might turn out to be one of the best in the League. At left tackle, the Lions have Taylor Decker coming off of a career year in both facets of the game (run and pass). Frank Ragnow became the highest paid center in the NFL this offseason, and rightfully so. Detroit will have the luxury of playing Sewell at right tackle instead of throwing him to the wolves on the left side. What will hold this line back will be its interior guard play, but being strong at both tackles and the center position will help them remain above-average, even a fringe top 10 unit.


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The San Francisco 49ers have one of the most physical lines in the NFL. They have a group of mammoths that simply go out there and look for guys to put into the ground. They took a gamble on Trent Williams's end of tenure in Washington, and man, did it ever pay off. He was very solid at left tackle last season. Opposite of him is Mike McGlinchey, who plays with the same sort of tenacity, especially in the run game. Laken Tomilnson is a very good left guard, whose strength is also in the run game. If the Niners can find an upgrade at right guard, they would jump well into the top 10, closer to top five. That position is their biggest weakness on the line. Additionally, TRO believes that the once great Alex Mack has gone over the hump in his career, and his best days are behind him. The tackle and left guard play still makes life easier for everyone on the offense, which is why San Fran's offensive sneaks in to the bottom of the top 10 of these rankings.


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In case anyone forgot, the performance by the Chiefs' ragtag offensive line in Super Bowl LV was the biggest reason why they came up short in the big game. Kansas City did what any team does that is working on building a dynasty-type atmosphere, they aggressively attack their weaknesses each offseason. First, they traded for Orlando Brown, Jr., who has been an outstanding offensive linemen throughout his young career (it's in his blood). They also landed former Patriots left guard Joe Thuney and managed to bring Kyle Long out of retirement to play right guard, who seems to be in the best shape of his life. Unfortunately, Long has missed all of training camp due to a lower leg injury, but he should be back early in the season. Mike Remmers returns at right tackle, and Austin Blythe will play center after doing a fine job holding it down for the Rams a year ago. All in all, the Chiefs clearly do not want to have their offensive line be their downfall in 2021, so they went a formed a top 10 unit this offseason.


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When we talk about ageless wonders, we often hear about Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, etc., but people often overlook Andrew Whitworth. Over the course of his storied career, he has accumulated four Pro Bowl appearances, two first team All-Pro selections, and one second team All-Pro. At 39 years old, he's shown no signs of slowing down. Last year, he lead this unit to allowing the seventh fewest sacks and the sixth fewest percentage of passing plays which resulted in a sack, and the line did a solid job in the run game as well. Outside of Whitworth, they have good right tackle and left guard play, and solid depth at center. Right guard can pose a big of a question mark for the Rams, but that will be this group's sole, true weakness. As long as this group can stay healthy, they will have no issue putting up another top ten performance in 2021.


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The Packers have done a great job of putting a very good offensive line out in front of Aaron Rodgers each year. Despite all of the drama surrounding Rodgers and the Packers this offseason, the 2021 season looks to be no different than before. If you're an NBA fan, you know David Bakhitari can chug beers. If you're an NFL fan, you know that he can also protect the quarterback better than most anyone. He's quickly become one of the household names at the left tackle spot. At 29 years old, he's already been to three Pro Bowls and been selected as an All-Pro five times (two first team and three second team). The Packers allowed the second fewest sacks a year ago, and their line also helped pave the way for Aaron Jones to reach a career high in rushing yards. Green Bay did lose its right tackle and center this offseason, but they have some capable and intriguing candidates to fill those roles. While this unit might take a step back with the loss of a couple starters, putting it outside of the top five, it still will be a top ten unit in the League.


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Similar to the Packers, we've all come to know the Patriots for having tremendous offensive line play. Also similar to the Packers, the Patriots will have a very good offensive line heading into 2021. While they did lose guard Joe Thuney, they brought back Trent Brown after a brief hiatus from New England to fill the right tackle spot. The team also wisely resigned their center, David Andrews who anchors the middle of this line. Michael Onwenu is coming off of a tremendous rookie year, especially in pass protection. He proved to be versatile, doing a great job taking snaps at both right tackle and guard. With the return of Brown, Onwenu will likely start at guard full time. On the left side, guard Shauqille Mason is coming off of a season where he was one of the top run blockers in the League. Lastly, Isaiah Wynn will hold down the left tackle spot as he's improved over his first two years in the League, looking to take that third year leap in 2021. If this unit could clean up its pass protection a little more, it will easily slide into the top five.


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The New Orleans Saints have arguably the best tackle duo in the NFL in Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk. Those two are equally dominate in their pass and run blocking. While left guard Andrus Peat has taken a minor step back in term of his own productivity, he's so good that he still landed a Pro-Bowl spot last season. Let's not forget about Erik McCoy, who is an above-average center capable of solidifying the interior. Right guard Cesar Ruiz will be entering his second year looking to improve. This unit will be a top five group in 2021, with a higher ceiling if Ruiz can take that extra step forward.


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The offensive line for the Cowboys was a unit that had a tough time in 2020. For instance, they allowed the seventh most sacks, and have an almost equally tough time on the ground; however, they were ravaged with injuries. This unit is healthy going into 2021, and when they are healthy, they are easily one of the best lines in football. I think everyone knows about left tackle, Tyron Smith. While he seems to have tapered off in recent years, he's still one of the better tackles out there. Right tackle La'el Collins was one of the injured players to miss last season whose absence made a world of difference. His return will complete this line's pass protection and boost its ground game to the next level. At guard, Zach Martin (right) is a top two or three guard in all of football, and Connor Williams (left) is above average, but most importantly, has improved each year of his career. The center position is a bit of a question mark, and the only thing from keeping this group from cracking the top three.


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At the number three spot, you will find the offensive line for the Super Bowl Champions. Part of the reason Tom Brady has been able to have such great success at 43 years old, now 44 going into 2021, is that Tampa has put together a good offensive line in front of him. The number nine overall pick in the 2020 Draft, Tristian Wirfs, not only lived up to the hype, but also may have even exceeded expectations. He already looks like an NFL veteran out there and is a complete right tackle. Opposite of him is Donovan Smith who has put forth an above average and a career performance last season. Ali Marpet makes for a good left guard, and center Ryan Jensen is an absolute mauler. Right guard Alex Cappa is the weakest link in this chain, but has continued to improve which is a promising sign.


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If you watch football, you know who Quenton Nelson is. He could be the best overall offensive linemen in football. He simply pops on film unlike any lineman we've seen for some time. He gets the job done, and then goes and does even more in both the run and pass game. Sometimes you'll see him finish his assignment, then go level someone else's. While his foot injury will cause him to miss some time, maybe five games or so, his return will come in time to finish out the remaining bulk of the season. Indianapolis brought in former Chiefs standout Eric Fisher, who will be coming off of an Achilles injury, but still should be a very solid left tackle. They will have Baden Smith on the right side, who might be equally as impressive as a healthy Fisher. At center, Ryan Kelly has gotten the job done rather dependably. Similar to the Buccaneers, right guard is this line's weakest spot. Mark Glowinski allows the most quarterback pressures on the team, and this position is keeping them from claiming the top spot in these rankings. Despite his performance, this group is outstanding. Even with the brief absence of Nelson, this unit has the depth to hold it down until he can return. This was a group that allowed the third fewest sacks in 2020, and when they can get healthy, they will be an improved line in 2021.


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We've made it to the top of the list of our offensive line rankings. Enter the Cleveland Browns. They have not been known for having outstanding offensive lines in recent memory, but man, did they put one together ahead of the 2020 Season. Last year, this team's line put up a top ten performance. They are arguably the best in the League on the ground, and they were top 10 in fewest sacks allowed. Going into 2021, they managed to bring back all five starters, where these guys will be entering their second year together as a complete unit. Given the fact that this group got better as the season went on last year, they will likely improve even more entering their second season with a full offseason under their belt. From left to right you will find Jedrick Willis, Jr., Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Wyatt Teller, and Jack Conklin. While this line might not have superstar names all over it, it does contain five guys who are all very well above average (Jedrick Willis, Jr. might be the one closest to average of this group) and that compliment each other nicely. This line fits together like a puzzle, which is why they have such great success on the ground, and why Baker Mayfield has was able to hit career numbers in 2020.

Stay tuned as we will be ranking all 32 starting Tight Ends from worst to best!

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