Ranking all 32 NFL offensive lines this season

Khaled Elsayed ranks all 32 NFL offensive lines through the first eight weeks of the season.

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(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Ranking all 32 NFL offensive lines this season

We’re almost at the halfway point of the year for all NFL teams, making now a perfect time to revisit our PFF offensive line rankings.

Last time around (entering Week 5), Atlanta held the No. 1 spot; as the losses have crept in, however, the Falcons have slipped slightly up the list. Who has earned the O-line crown entering Week 9? Counting down from worst to best, let’s find out.

(Editor’s note: Each unit’s rank entering Week 5 is in parenthesis next to the team’s name. Each player’s 2015 overall grade is denoted in parenthesis next to that player’s name, using PFF’s new 1–100 scale.)

32. Seattle Seahawks (30th)

Pass blocking rank: 32nd

Run blocking rank: 29th

Penalties rank: 17th

Stud: Using the term “stud” loosely, it’s Russell Okung (60.9) for the Seahawks, the 35th-ranked NFL tackle this season. That still puts his Seahawks peers to shame.

Dud: There’s some strong competition here, but the play of Garry Gilliam (32.3in his 515 snaps takes the win. Only five tackles have a lower grade this season.

Summary: Much has been made of the Seahawks’ struggles across the line, and you can’t say it’s unjustified. No line has a worse pass blocking efficiency score (they’ve combined to surrender 108 quarterback disruptions on 298 passing plays), and they’re not an awful much better in the run game. In Russell and Marshawn, they must trust.

31. Detroit Lions (32nd)

Pass blocking rank: 29th

Run blocking rank: 26th

Penalties rank: 20th

Stud: The versatile guard Manuel Ramirez (83.2) has looked good whenever he’s been on the field.

Dud: This year has gone terribly for LaAdrian Waddle (23.4), who has the lowest grade of any tackle and doesn’t look like the player who impressed as a rookie.

Summary: What has happened to this unit? They looked like a young, developing line a year ago, but since then, they’ve regressed; pressure is flying through the line too often at Matt Stafford, and not often enough do we see holes in the run game.

30. Miami Dolphins (27th)

Pass blocking rank: 27th

Run blocking rank: 30th

Penalties rank: T-8th

Stud: You almost feel bad for Mike Pouncey (80.0at times, who looks so much better than his line teammates.

Dud: Pick a guard, any guard. Well, any guard named Dallas Thomas (36.3) or Jamil Douglas (28.7). Neither man has come out of the first eight weeks with any real credit.

Summary: The offensive line looked like a weakness heading into the season, and so it has proved. Injuries to Ja’Wuan James and , haven’t helped, but even those two being fully healthy couldn’t overcome the play at the guard spots.

29. San Francisco 49ers (22nd)

Pass blocking rank: 16th

Run blocking rank: 32nd

Penalties rank: 4th

Stud: As the 49ers fall apart, Joe Staley (84.4) keeps doing his job to a high level.

Dud: The fact that Marcus Martin (31.0has the lowest grade of all centers should be a surprise to nobody.

Summary: Remember when this line was one of the best in the league? That wasn’t all that long ago, and acts as a real highlight of what’s wrong with this team.

28. San Diego Chargers (23rd)

Pass blocking rank: 28th

Run blocking rank: 25th

Penalties rank: 27th

Stud: There’s no denying that Joe Barksdale (84.9) has proved a great pickup, even if the team hadn’t suffered all the injuries they had.

Dud: Injuries have forced guys to play who really shouldn’t have: Trevor Robinson (28.2), chiefly.

Summary: Every year, the Chargers seem to pick up more and more injuries on the line. Is it bad luck, or something about the guys on the roster? Whatever it is, it’s the main factor in such a low ranking.

27. St. Louis Rams (25th)

Pass blocking rank: 25th

Run blocking rank: 28th

Penalties rank: 28th

Stud: First-year player Rob Havenstein (73.1) doesn’t look like a rookie.

Dud: Sophomore Greg Robinson (34.4) does look like a rookie.

Summary: There’s some talent on this offense, but this line is making them really max it out with their up and down efforts. We mentioned Robinson as the dud, but it’s a worry that he doesn’t seem to be progressing.

26. Tennessee Titans (17th)

Pass blocking rank: 30th

Run blocking rank: 22nd

Penalties rank: 26th

Stud: Beaten for five sacks, Taylor Lewan (77.2) is the standout player on this line.

Dud: Jeremiah Poutasi (39.5) started out well, but team’s are beginning to understand how to play him.

Summary: The Titans’ offensive struggles start up front, where Poutasi is outmatched, Chance Warmack is flirting with bust status, and injuries cripple the interior. When you invest as much in the line as the Titans have, this is a poor return.

25. Washington Redskins (31st)

Pass blocking rank: 21st

Run blocking rank: 31st

Penalties rank: 24th

Stud: As ever, the stud remains Trent Williams (86.9).

Dud: He’s been a little better recently, but Kory Lichtensteiger (19.1) just hasn’t played well this year.

Summary: While the tackles have played well, the interior has struggled, especially in pass protection. That’s disappointing, especially given the high pick of Brandon Scherff.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28th)

Pass blocking rank: 19th

Run blocking rank: 23rd

Penalties rank: 32nd

Stud: He’s not the player he once was, but Logan Mankins (77.9) is still playing well.

Dud: It’s not been easy for Donovan Smith (33.2), who needs to do better in the run game.

Summary: If you’ve got a problem on this line, it’s both tackles, who each rank in the bottom eight of offensive tackles. That worries you about Gosder Cherilus, who might be coming to the end of his run.

23. Chicago Bears (24th)

Pass blocking rank: 24th

Run blocking rank: 18th

Penalties rank: 19th

Stud: Credit Matt Slauson (74.6), who has played well despite being shifted between center and guard.

Dud: It’s kind of remarkable that the team benched Jermon Bushrod (54.5) for Charles Leno (30.4). Neither man has played particularly well, but Leno doesn’t look ready for the big-time yet (though he has been better in recent weeks).

Summary: You get the impression that this patchwork unit is trying to stumble onto a short-term measure that works. Players playing out of position, big-money tackles benched—it’s very much a unit in transition, which isn’t to be unexpected.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (10th)

Pass blocking rank: 31st

Run blocking rank: 7th

Penalties rank: 21st

Stud: The line’s strength is in run blocking, and nobody sums this up more than Jeff Allen (82.9).

Dud: The line’s weakness is in pass protection, and nobody sums this up more than Jah Reid (29.7).

Summary: Reid, Donald Stephenson and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif have allowed too much pressure, really detracted from the impressive work of their interior lineman in the run game.

21. New York Jets (14th)

Pass blocking rank: 18th

Run blocking rank: 21st

Penalties rank: 12th

Stud: No real studs here, but James Carpenter (69.7) has proven to be a solid pickup.

Dud: Struggling in the run and pass game, Breno Giacomini (39.8) hasn’t had his best year.

Summary: You always wonder, when aging players stop playing as well as they have in the past, if that’s the start of their decline. Given that Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson have been such big parts of this line for so long, you worry which direction this unit is heading.

20. Green Bay Packers (26th)

Pass blocking rank: 8th

Run blocking rank: 27th

Penalties rank: 30th

Stud: His sack streak was ended, but Josh Sitton (82.0) remains the best player on this line.

Dud: It was tough when Don Barclay (27.8) was playing, but perhaps the surprise is that the Packers haven’t seen the kind of improvement at the spot with the return of Bryan Bulaga (44.7) they would have hoped for.

Summary: This is part of an offense that just isn’t quite there yet. Chiefly, it’s the run game that isn’t quite working, especially when all the tackles are struggling to get much push.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (18th)

Pass blocking rank: 26th

Run blocking rank: T-11th

Penalties rank: T-6th

Stud: Discarded by Oakland, Stefen Wisniewski (77.1) has proven to be a shrewd addition in Jacksonville.

Dud: Replacing Brandon Linder was always going to be tough, especially for rookie A.J. Cann (41.7), who has had his problems in pass protection.

Summary: They’ve invested in the line, but the big-money signings of Jermey Parnell (45.0) and Zane Beadles (63.8) haven’t delivered the goods, and former second-overall pick Luke Joeckel (46.1) has never lived up to that. Disappointing return.

18. New England Patriots (7th)

Pass blocking rank: 23rd

Run blocking rank: 14th

Penalties rank: 11th

Stud: “Stud” seems a stretch, but Josh Kline (80.7) is having his best year, becoming a key constant on the Patriots’ line.

Dud: You worry about the long-term healthy of Tom Brady with Cameron Fleming (29.3) continuing to protect him.

Summary: You get the feeling this ranking is only going one way. The injury to Nate Solder (50.0) has really thrown this line for a loop, with the good news that it’s more in the passing game, where Brady remains exceptional at negating pressure.

17. Houston Texans (16th)

Pass blocking rank: 12th

Run blocking rank: 24th

Penalties rank: 10th

Stud: You don’t hear the name Brandon Brooks (69.2) a lot when talking about the best guards in the league, but his consistent efforts mean you should.

Dud: After his breakout contract year, it’s disappointing that Derek Newton (44.8) has reverted to old ways. That said, he’s been asked to play a variety of positions, so it’s somewhat understandable.

Summary: Chris Myers is gone, and Duane Brown has battled injuries. The upshot? The Houston line looks like it’s in transition, which, all things considered, makes this showing better than you might have expected.

16. Denver Broncos (20th)

Pass blocking rank: 15th

Run blocking rank: 19th

Penalties rank: 15th

Stud: After a slow start, Evan Mathis (85.6) has proven to be a tremendous acquisition, offering real bang for the Broncos’ buck.

Dud: Whether they’ve played Ryan Harris (38.4or Ty Sambrailo (36.5) at left tackle, it hasn’t worked. It’s why they were, allegedly, interested in Cleveland’s Joe Thomas.

Summary: The Broncos have had some problems at tackle, and not had the kind of push in the run game that they’ve become accustomed to. But they’ve made do, and while it might not always be pretty, it’s proven effective enough, given the strengths of other units on the team.

15. New York Giants (12th)

Pass blocking rank: 22nd

Run blocking rank: 8th

Penalties rank: T-2nd

Stud: Its been a nice transition to guard for Justin Pugh (86.8), with the position looking like a natural fit for him.

Dud: It’s amazing: year after year, a new team takes a chance on Marshal Newhouse (32.9). It never goes well.

Summary: Tackle has been where the team has struggled. The loss of Will Beatty has forced Ereck Flowers (39.3) into a spot he’s not ready for, and Newhouse into one he’ll never handle. The interior is a fine group, though.

14. Minnesota Vikings (15th)

Pass blocking rank: 14th

Run blocking rank: 17th

Penalties rank: T-8th

Stud: Nobody expected Joe Berger (83.1) to fill in for John Sullivan so well, but he has.

Dud: A disappointing year for Brandon Fusco (44.5who has given up way too much pressure by his own high standards.

Summary: There’s been an improvement in Matt Kalil (54.8), which has been good to see, but no real standout performances. That said, they’ve done a lot better than expected, given how they’ve coped without two lynchpins on the line.

13. Indianapolis Colts (19th)

Pass blocking rank: 10th

Run blocking rank: 16th

Penalties rank: 22nd

Stud: Credit to Jack Mewhort (86.6) for doing a good job wherever he lines up.

Dud: When he’s played, Hugh Thornton (45.2) has allowed way too much pressure up the middle.

Summary: The struggles of Andrew Luck might make the offensive line look worse than it is, but the truth is that, while some have struggled, for the most part this line has done a good job handling the toughest assignments out there.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (13th)

Pass blocking rank: 5th

Run blocking rank: 20th

Penalties rank: 23rd

Stud: You don’t normally mention the name of Ramon Foster (85.8), but he’s playing at a really high level now.

Dud: It’s hard to replace a talent like Maurkice Pouncey. Cody Wallace (32.6) is really confirming that.

Summary: Injuries have the potential to cripple this line, which is a real shame, because over the years, the Steelers have done a tremendous job acquiring talent.

11. Baltimore Ravens (29th)

Pass blocking rank: 17th

Run blocking rank: 9th

Penalties rank: T-2nd

Stud: Was there every any doubt we’d be mentioning Marshal Yanda (93.8) here? Continued excellence from the top-ranked guard in the league.

Dud: Every time James Hurst (25.8has taken the field, things have not gone well.

Summary: This unit is much improved from earlier in the season; that’s less on James Hurst, more on Eugene Monroe, allowing the strength of this line—their two guards—to really shine.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (21st)

Pass blocking rank: 9th

Run blocking rank: T-11th

Penalties rank: 16th

Stud: How relieved do you think the Eagles were that their best lineman, perhaps best offensive player, is still healthy after Jason Peters’ (87.8) scare against Carolina?

Dud: Things have not gone well when Dennis Kelly (38.3) has been forced onto the field.

Summary: It’s not the line it once was, and they’ve struggled with injuries and replacing people who have moved on. But this unit is getting better and starting to find a rhythm now.

9. Arizona Cardinals (11th)

Pass blocking rank: 20th

Run blocking rank: 4th

Penalties rank: 13th

Stud: The Cardinals brought Mike Iupati (84.3) in to inject some life into their running game. Mission accomplished.

Dud: If there’s one area that has proven problematic in Arizona, it’s at right tackle. Bobby Massie (45.0) has had some problems since returning to the lineup, earning negative grades in pass protection the past five weeks.

Summary: The much-improved Cardinals’ line is spearheaded by the fantastic left-side combo of Iupati and Jared Veldheer (83.2). Outside of that, it’s still a world away from the Arizona lines of recent years, with no real liabilities.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6th)

Pass blocking rank: 7th

Run blocking rank: 10th

Penalties rank: 18th

Stud: Not only is Andrew Whitworth (89.3) on the best snap streaks of all linemen for sacks allowed, he’s also the top lineman on the Bengals’ roster.

Dud: It’s never good when your center has given up the most pressures on your team. Couple that with substandard run blocking, and Russell Bodine (37.3) needs to up his game if he wants to stick around long-term.

Summary: A constant in the top 10 for as many years as we’ve been doing this, the guards are playing well, but the performances of Andre Smith (41.7) probably ensure this is his last year with the team, with both Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi waiting in the wings.

7. Buffalo Bills (9th)

Pass blocking rank: 6th

Run blocking rank: 13th

Penalties rank: 5th

Stud: How good a move has the pickup of Richie Incognito (91.3proven to be? He’s our top-ranked left guard this year.

Dud: It’s tough being a rookie in the NFL, and John Miller (32.0) has found it a hard adjustment. He’s just had too many troubles in pass protection.

Summary: You worry about the right side of the line giving way, especially in pass protection, but from center to left tackle, you’ve got an excellent trio of talent that sees the Bills as the kind of line that can really help their running backs out.

6. Oakland Raiders (5th)

Pass blocking rank: 3rd

Run blocking rank: 15th

Penalties rank: 28th

Stud: Second-year guard Gabe Jackson (89.1) has stepped up his game in a big way this year.

Dud: Right guard J’Marcus Webb (39.6) has had a rough time of things at right guard.

Summary: This line sums up the Raiders’ transformation under Reggie McKenzie. Good drafting and shrewd free agent pickups have given this offense the platform to succeed.

5. New Orleans Saints (8th)

Pass blocking rank: 13th

Run blocking rank: 3rd

Penalties rank: 14th

Stud: This has been the year where Terron Armstead (93.0) has made it known he’s one of the best left tackles in the league.

Dud: They’re a better team when Senio Kelemete (49.9) isn’t starting.

Summary: They lost Ben Grubbs, but the introduction of Max Unger (79.0) and development of Armstead sees the Saints continuing to field a strong line. You worry a little about the future of this unit at guard, where Jahri Evans (75.1) is more rep than production at this stage.

4. Carolina Panthers (2nd)

Pass blocking rank: 4th

Run blocking rank: 6th

Penalties rank: T-6th

Stud: There isn’t a better center in the league right now than Ryan Kalil (93.9).

Dud: It’s somewhat ironic that the only first-round pick on the line is it’s weakest link. That’s Michael Oher (70.8), by the way.

Summary: Un-drafted free agents and cast-offs from other teams: generally speaking, that’s a formula for a terrible line, but the work of the personnel department in finding the right guys, and coaching staff in getting them ready, gives the Panthers a premier power blocking unit that just so happens to be pretty handy in pass protection.

3. Atlanta Falcons (1st)

Pass blocking rank: 11th

Run blocking rank: 2nd

Penalties rank: 1st

Stud: 2015 has proved a much better year for Jake Matthews (80.4), whose redemption mirrors that of the Falcons’ entire line.

Dud: It’s nitpicking to call out Mike Person (58.6), who has, despite being the lowest graded player on the line, still proven to be a big upgrade.

Summary: In recent weeks, teams have beat at them a little rushing the passer, where they’ve overpowered this more finesse-based unit. But that doesn’t take away from a remarkable turnaround, with their work in the run game really something to behold.

2. Cleveland Browns (3rd)

Pass blocking rank: 1st

Run blocking rank: 5th

Penalties rank: 25th

Stud: Joe Thomas (93.8), despite trade rumors, remains the best player the Browns have on the roster.

Dud: We’re drawing a blank here. Every starter on the line has a positive grade. That’s impressive.

Summary: The scary thing is, this line could get better. Alex Mack (77.9) isn’t back to his pre-injury levels, and as good as Joel Bitonio (83.3) has been, he’s not reached his rookie-year efforts yet. Even despite that, this is a line that does its best to overcome the limitations of the Browns’ skill players.

1. Dallas Cowboys (4th)

Pass blocking rank: 2nd

Run blocking rank: 1st

Penalties rank: 31st

Stud: Each of the former first-round picks on this line have made a strong case to be the stud, but how you can look past Tyron Smith (94.8), who has allowed just four hurries all year?

Dud: This could be the last year for Doug Free (47.0), who has struggled for consistency this year.

Summary: The Cowboys’ investment in their line continues to reap dividends. First-rounders Smith, Zack Martin (92.9), and Travis Frederick (89.5) are all guys who should be hearing their name in All-Pro and Pro Bowl conversations. Now, if only they could get Tony Romo healthy.

  • Cooper

    Cowboys line is 31st in penalties, and speaking from personal experience watching them they should be ranked 32nd. On every pass play at least two of their O-Line men looked like they had holds but weren’t called. Crazy that those penalties aren’t taken into consideration in these rankings.

  • steve smith

    You all seriously think the Seahawks’ 2nd ranked run offense has the 29th ranked run blocking offensive line? How does that make any sense?

    • Tim Jessberger

      “Think” implies opinion.

      That’s how they graded out. Imagine how potent the offense would be if the offensive line actually did well.

      • steve smith

        So you are saying that a team that runs for 140 yards per game would run for 350, 400 yards per game with a good offensive line? Instead, how about you imagine how they would grade out if the grading system was actually worth something.

        • Thomas W

          Seahawk rushing stats are inflated by Wilson’s nearly 40 yards/game. So many of the yards came when the O-Line failed to protect him and he gained yards on his own.

          Whatever you think of PPF, please don’t accept the NFL’s yds/game rankings as the final word.

        • Tim Jessberger

          Lol you seem like a peach.

        • thesadmagistrate

          How many of those yards are from Russell Wilson, who dropped back on a pass and is running for his life because the O-line can’t block? I’ve only watched two Seahawks games this year and each time I was amazed at how awful their pass protection was. Also consider that Lynch makes his money by running through all of those poorly blocked defenders.

          • dd

            good point. Seattle has a mediocre line the last few years. The occasional big run by Wilson and Lynch helps mask this flawed line. It also didn’t get better trading their Center to NO for Graham.

          • steve smith

            I actually wasn’t discussing pass protection only run blocking. That theory about Lynch making up for the o-line doesn’t add up because RB Thomas Rawls had a 100 yard game and a 170 yard game with a TD.

          • thesadmagistrate

            Their RBs are averaging ~102 yds/game. That would come in at #18, behind Miami. Yes, Wilson running is a part of their offense and they do designed runs for him. It all counts. But you can’t discount the fact that Wilson runs and gets a good chunk of yards every week because of the O-Line breaking down in pass pro.

            You can cherry pick whatever you want and honestly I don’t care. Whatever floats your boat. But if you believe that the Seahawks have even a decent O-line, you’re crazy. Doesn’t really matter what metric you want to use. Russell Wilson does some amazing things every week that few, if any, other QBs could. If they didn’t have him… oof.

      • Grisha

        the problem with PFF grades is that they are often just plain absurd, and seem to have gotten worse… the Giants are rated as having the 8th best run-blocking line, but average only 3.9 yards rushing and only 3 touchdowns (in an offense that prefers rushing touchdowns!). How many times were we stuffed at the goal line the other day by the New Orleans defense? And it’s been that way all year on short yardage in particular. Time and time again the running back is dropped behind the line of scrimmage. Heck, if we could run the ball, we wouldn’t have lost all these games with a lead in the 4th quarter…. 15th best? Maybe.

        • dd

          The Giants have some pretty mediocre backs. that guy Williams is a total bust and has 0 football IQ. Vereen is more of a passing back and Jennings is average at best. I also think Eli is having his best season the last 3 years with some pretty crappy receivers excluding Odell of course. the problem with the Giants is the awful Defense which is the GMs fault. i think the line is decent and I like the rookie Flowers.

          • Grisha

            agreed on the mediocre backs, Vareen and the future of the line, but honestly, from what I’ve seen, there hasn’t been much in the way of holes… but maybe compared to other lines… I think we went the first 6 games without a rushing for a hundred yards in a single game, and we generally led most every quarter. I’ve always thought of the run game, with the exception of a few absolute stars, is more a product of the line than the back… that’s at least the Giants philosophy (and maybe that’s our problem). I’m not really complaining, I’m just kind of surprised… maybe the left side of our line is just that much better than the right. I come to PFF for the discussion, but I’ve never been much of a believer. Heck, they graded Eli’s game against Dallas better than his game against the Saints.

        • thesadmagistrate

          This is hard (honestly), but I think you have to separate the actual player from the stats. Perhaps the Giants are creating holes, or getting a good initial push, but the RBs aren’t doing their jobs. When I think of NY RBs, I’m none too impressed.

          It’s a lot like QBs with depressed completion % because their WRs have dropped the ball. Maybe the QB did their job properly and put the ball right into the hands of the WR, who then dropped it.

          I think the general point of PFF is to try and limit the noise from plays and events that are out of their control, focusing on the individual and then, in the case of rating a full position, the aggregate of these individuals.

          • Stephen J Brady

            For instance Cam Newton who would have great stats if his receivers would stop dropping 50 yard touchdowns or passes over the middle that lead to picks. Not saying sometimes they’re a little high and the velocity he throws with may attribute to that as well. Russel Wilson and Marshawn Lynch haven’t been blocked well. Seahawks average that amount of yards because they’re committed to the run game and are great at making something out of nothing.

        • Jim Winslow

          rbs are quite bad

        • David Stinnett

          Not all backs get as far after you make them a hole. It’s not as simple as just how good the line is. You look for simple answers you will always be perplexed and in disbelief. There are variables…look for those.

    • Tim Edell

      Did your Insider subscription with ESPN run out???

    • James

      Two words: Marshawn Lynch.

      Some more words: Lynch is averaging 3.6 YPC despite only averaging “1.18 yards before contact this season, which ranks 50th out of 52 players.” http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/184687/what-marshawn-lynch-showed-in-his-first-game-back

    • Jim Winslow

      Russel wilson’s scrambles/designed runs help out a lot

  • Vitor

    Nice rebound by the Ravens. I guess Ricky Wagner stepped up after the rough start. But Jesus, Hurst indeed is awful. Since Monroe is injured and doesn’t play twice a month, Hurst got a lot of chances do anchor the OL (not to mention those bizarre snaps as a center last sunday, when Zuttah went down)

  • Tim Edell

    Great article!

  • Cameron

    Does anybody know what La’el Collins season grade is?

    • dd

      I imagine its probably in the low 80s. He hasn’t played a lot other than the last 2 games. I have no doubt that he’ll be high 80s by the end of the season. The only thing that can stop Tyron Smith is boredom.

    • Upfrunt

      While I don’t know the exact rating, I believe Collins is in the top 20 at guard. Of course, Martin is the best guard in the league.

      • Vitor

        Best guard of the league (also best lineman overall last year by PFF) is Yanda and that is not even close

        • Dr__P

          certainly true LAST YEAR

          • Vitor

            Well, he still is the top ranked guard this year (93.8)

        • Allen

          I know Trai Turner for the panthers has been in the top 5 all year. Last I heard he was #1, that change this week?

      • SitDown

        Cowboys fans, always with the bias opinion stated as facts BS..

      • ozzy mo

        PFF ranked him #1

    • pbskids4000

      It’s +3.5. Marshal Yanda is #1 with a +24.3 grade and Zack Martin is second with a +21.3

      • Vitor

        Ok, “not even close” was exaggerated. Martin’s a great player

  • Kevin B. Randolph

    It is too bad I’m not on the staff of PFF ,as they miss so much in my pinion! But I’m looking for a NFL advisory role to a NFL team. I guarantee success, to a team , with talent!

    • thesadmagistrate

      Feel free to create your own website and grading system. I’m sure NFL FO’s will be lining up for your services.

      • Kevin B. Randolph

        With my 50 years of pro Football experience watching, Playing, Analyzing, I’d say I would be a good choice !!

  • ryanrauch

    As a Lions fan and having watched them all season, all I can say is that I’m surprised they aren’t last on this list.

  • Bubs Solo

    I am just happy to see the Cards Oline improve each year Keim has been GM. Gone are the days that the Cards oline cost us game after game.

  • Al

    The way you rank these is pretty silly and arbitrary. Ok, so the Niners left side is pretty good. What does that matter if the right side gets collapsed and guys are in the passers face before he finishes his drop back? I’d be surprised if the Niners haven’t given up more free rushes to the QB (or almost free) than any other team in the league.

  • Justin Nichols

    Cowboys explanation didn’t even mention Collins.

    • C.J. Shull

      Had to do a double take as well. Pretty much the entire offensive line sans Free is first round talent. It’s also very deep, the backups could be starters on nearly any NFL offensive line. But this goes to show just one mistake against Philly and your o-line won’t have anything to protect back there.

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    • C.J. Shull
      • Justin Nichols

        Haha yes! My point exactly!

      • JC

        He pancaked a Safety who is 100 pounds lighter.

        • C.J. Shull

          That’s a linebacker, and that wasn’t the only pancake.

          • JC

            It’s clearly #29 aka Earl Thomas

          • C.J. Shull

            Runs right over a linebacker, replies back to post referencing second pancake safety hoping no one will notice how wrong he was. A+ post.

          • JC

            Hah, didn’t notice that. I’ll admit I was very wrong on that one.

          • larry mckinney

            Its what kind of run blocking you want, but it did look like the LB slipped on the turf.

          • Sanchez9090

            Are you stupid or just ignorant? Collins clearly makes contact at the line of scrimmage, puts Wagner on his heels and continues to the next level. That’s better than textbook blocking. Get a clue one time. Just once. In an entire season just a clue. One clue.

      • Kevin

        Was this before or after he murdered he pregnant ex girlfriend? Gotta love the strong moral compass of Jerry Jones.

      • C.J. Shull
      • richardfg7

        Oh ya a 300 pound player with a full head of steam blocking 200 pound Earl Thomas is very impressive . Not. What is , Earl taking him on.

  • JamesD2011

    How can Cleveland be #2 when their QB is always being hit?

    • bobrulz

      Because McCown and Manziel both have terrible pocket awareness and their receivers can’t get open, therefore forcing them to stay in the pocket longer.

      • JamesD2011

        Ok, thanks sir as that makes sense – just not something I think of when watching.

    • Sanchez9090

      That’s easy. No receivers and Qbs hold the ball too long. Stack the box making a mediocre at best Qb make quick reads and throw the ball quick. Doesn’t make the right read so QB gets hit. Look at what Hasselback is doing In his starts this year with the Colts. He understands his protection and understands the weak spots in the defense. Is bridgewater a better QB then Rivers?? Absolutely not. But with Peterson in the backfield that play action becomes a lot better. Hand the ball off 25 times with 12 of those having Peterson not being hit until 6-9 yards deep makes those safeties bite a little harder on stuffing the run. Take that opposite approach to the Browns and almost no secondary in the league respects that run game. That committee averages 3 yards a carry. Any decent safety can make a 10 yard drop respecting that half ass play action and still come up and make a tackle at 6 yards at the deepest which doubles Clevelands RBs average. Peterson doesn’t get touched until 4 yards past the line of scrimmage behind the 14th best line while the Browns committee gets touched at best 2 yards. Which goes back to can’t completely stack the box with a somewhat capable QB in bridge water with a fantastic play action game with Peterson keeping everyone honest. Browns QBs and RBs cannot do the same with essentially the same WRs and better line. Which proves a decent QB can keep a defense honest and opens more lanes for the RBs and essentially opens up passing lanes. Examples Hasselbeck with the Seahawks and Dilfer with the Ravens. Capable QBs with great RBs, top half of the league OLines, and WRs that can catch. They say it every Monday night stop the run and you stop the offense. If my secondary doesn’t respect your QB your RB will have a really long day. Point and case how defenses have defended Peyton and the Broncos versus how defenses have defended Brady and the Patriots. Peyton we stack the box and walk to the line and make you beat us. Brady picks apart the 6-15 yard mark making your secondary and linebackers decide to play too close and get burnt or play too deep and get burnt by handoffs and quick passes.

  • Douglass Pinkard


  • kinghill

    If the Cowboys line is so good, why have they lost five straight? Surely even a mediocre QB should have success behind them.

    • Steve Guzman Jr.

      But we can’t even get a mediocre QB. Our backups just kinda sit in the pocket all day and don’t pull the trigger.

    • David Stinnett

      Seahawks line has been bad thru 2 runs to the Superbowl. Not as bad as this year, but last year for example, they were ranked 24th in pass protection. So obviously the O-line by itself is not always a guarantee of success or failure.

    • C.J. Shull

      It’s not quite so black and white. The Cowboy’s have had over 100 yards for each RB in the last several games, the line is doing all it can. Pass blocking is great, Cassel has only been hurried or sacked a handful of times. The issue is (for Cassel at least) the last two teams (Giants & Seattle) both have excellent secondaries. After the first game when he threw three picks, he doesn’t trust his deep ball, so he’s being too tentative and checking down passes (result being no TD’s against Seattle at all). If you watch the games, he’s back there balancing his checkbook during pass plays.

      • kinghill

        I would call the Giants’ secondary suspect. So would Drew Brees. I’m an Eagles fan who thinks Romo compensates for the shortcomings of his teammates. I’ve been telling my friends in Dallas, since before the preseason I didn’t understand Jerry’s confidence Romo would stay healthy.

        • C.J. Shull

          breaking a bone isn’t really something you can call predictable, in a performance or historical sense. If it was a recurring knee, joint, his back for instance, sure. This whole stint may very well show just how big of a piece Romo plays in the Cowboy’s success. And honestly, it makes you wonder what would happen if you put Romo on a successful team with a mediocre quarterback.

          • kinghill

            If Tony played for the Eagles as opposed to Bradford, they might be undefeated. My point about injury is that all these guys can and do get hurt. At least we have Sanchez behind Bradford. He would have won at least two or three games had he been your back-up.

          • C.J. Shull

            I’m sure. Weeden is terrible, and Cassel hasn’t had the necessary preseason/season integration with the team.

          • bobrulz

            You say that as if Cassel isn’t also terrible. He’s 5 years removed from his last good season.

          • C.J. Shull

            he is considerably better than brandon weeden.

          • bobrulz

            Marginally better, maybe. I think considerably better is a stretch.

    • Lord Humungus

      Penalties 31st too… that is something to consider. Doug Free is… not great in that department.

  • tampa2bucsforever

    Tampa Bay’s Ali Marpet is the best rookie guard. He is an outstanding pass blocker and has been tearing it up run blocking as well. Logan Mankins is still one of the best run blockers around. The Bucs OL has been one of their strong area’s this year which is a massive improvement over prior year.

  • wingnutbuster

    Sorry, but there is no way the Browns have the second best O-line in football. Untimely holding, a pocket that collapses like the real estate market, and midget football run blocking…I don’t buy it.

    • TheTruth

      are you mentally special? they said “they no negative grades” as in the best line has a shitty player some where on their line, browns dont, only reason why browns aren’t 1st is the Cowboys have a few top 3 players, browns have a couple also but not 3 to 4. and Cowboys played a few games with a decent qb, browns didnt

    • TheTruth

      plus in the east where the Cowboys are there were no pass rushes at all!

  • Brian

    Shocking to see the Giants that high. Watching their games you’d think it was college players out there. Guess it shows how garbage the tackles have been…considering the interior has been pretty good.
    Strong interior, atrocious tackles. Thank god the quicker offense, Eli’s skill keeps things somewhat under control, but against fiercer rushes he’s been toast.
    Honestly, I’d be willing to move Flowers to right, and try Pugh at tackle, Hart at Guard. Anything… to get Newhouse out lol

  • cowbulls

    When will this be updated? Atlanta having the 3 best OL is hysterical.

  • Patrick

    I’m a Browns and the O-line was terrible… qbs never had time to throw and the running game was weak at best. Alex Mack may be the most overrated centers in the league