Rookies in Focus: Interior O-Linemen

The rookies on the interior are Steve Palazzolo's focus this time as he breaks down their 2013 performance.

| 3 years ago

Rookies in Focus: Interior O-Linemen

rookie-intOLWith the rookie edge rushers and offensive tackles analyzed in depth, we’re moving to the interior of the offensive line.

In recent years, we’ve seen more guards and centers drafted in the first round, with two guards going in the Top 10 a year ago in Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack. Unfortunately, Cooper never took a regular season snap after going down to injury during the preseason but Warmack, as well as fellow first round guard Kyle Long started every game for their respective teams.

We also saw the emergence of our Rookie of the Year, Larry Warford, who more than solidified one of the guard spots in Detroit. He clearly stood out as the best of the rookie interior linemen, all the more impressive considering the learning curve often associated with the position.

Here’s a look at the rookie interior linemen:

[click to: comparison graphics | Chance Warmack | Kyle Long | Larry Warford | Travis Frederick]


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Steve is a senior analyst at Pro Football Focus. His work has been featured on ESPN Insider, NBC Sports, and 120 Sports.

  • WordsOfWisdom82

    Brian Winters gave up 10 sacks as an interior lineman? Ouch!

    • Jeff

      That doesn’t even tell the full story of things, sadly. His atrocious play made two of the games top linemen (Mangold, Ferguson) beside him plummet in the ratings. Deer in the headlights

      Although the last quarter of the year he played well.

    • a57se

      and he didn’t play in the Jets first four games where they faced some of the best DT’s they played against all season.
      So he gave up 10 sacks in 12 games…….

      • RONBO19

        I’ve been saying this for months!This guy stinks!

  • Chris

    I was really looking forward to the individual assessments… I assume those aren’t happening?

  • Mike

    How in the world did Kyle Long make the pro bowl over Larry Warford? What a sham!

    • juicy

      Probably because the Pro Bowl is a sham. 😉