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We have officially survived the slowest part of the NFL offseason. The Super Bowl celebrations have ended, the NFL combine and draft have passed and we are officially starting to get into rookie minicamp season. Before you know it, teams will be conducting OTAs and training camps, and the 2024 season will be underway.

Here at FTN Fantasy, we look to take a holistic approach to NFL rosters to determine the teams we need to target (or potentially avoid) in fantasy drafts. While that traditionally involves deep dives into skill position players, important information can also be gleaned from a general understanding of a team’s roster and depth chart. 

This article will start a series that will rank the different positions across the NFL heading into the 2024 season. Expect updates throughout the summer as depth charts become more finalized with teams figuring out how their rookie class fits in their plans, or if a veteran free agent can bolster their team. Below you’ll find the offensive line rankings heading into the 2024 season. 

Track our whole position group rankings series: Pass-Catchers | Defensive Line | Backfield | Linebackers | Quarterbacks | Secondary | more to come!

2024 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

1. Detroit Lions

Taylor Decker, Graham Glasgow, Frank Ragnow, Kevin Zeitler, Penei Sewell

The Lions return three key starters (and one big contributor) to their top offensive line in 2024. It helps that two of those returners (right tackle Penei Sewell and Frank Ragnow) combined to allow two sacks and 38 pressures combined. The duo also had a PFF grade of 90.7 and 88.1, respectively. Detroit was proactive in free agency trying to replace the guards it lost on the open market.

Also returning to Detroit is veteran guard Graham Glasgow. The Lions signed Glasgow as depth in 2023, but he wound up playing the second-most snaps on the offensive line due to injuries. He was solid across the interior offensive line (74.9 PFF grade), although he struggled in pass protection (46 pressures on 735 pass protection snaps).

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 22: Detroit Lions Center Frank Ragnow (77) readies to snap the ball on the goal line in the first half during the game between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles on September 22, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Finally, the Lions also made a point of targeting veteran guard Kevin Zeitler to offset their losses in free agency. Zeitler is 34 but just finished three straight seasons in Baltimore with at least 1,000 offensive snaps and a 71.0 PFF grade or better. 

The Lions’ five starters are as good as they come, but this team will be leaning on unproven depth in 2024 which could be a recipe for disaster. 

2. Atlanta Falcons

Jake Matthews, Matthew Bergeron, Drew Dalman, Chris Lindstrom, Kaleb McGary

The Falcons gambled on their offensive line staying healthy in 2023. And for the most part, it paid off. All five of Atlanta’s starters played in at least 14 games and logged at least 847 snaps. It also helped that the collective unit mostly played to their potential, allowing a combined 20 sacks and 121 pressures as a group.

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 29: Offensive tackle Kaleb McGary #76 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during the final preseason NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons on August 29, 2021 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire)

Looking to 2024, the Falcons return their entire starting unit once again. That includes arguably the top guard in the NFL (Chris Lindstrom, 87.6 PFF grade) and a top-5 center (Drew Dalman, 82.3 PFF grade). Atlanta also has two solid tackles in Jake Matthews (five sacks and 27 pressures on 596 pass-blocking snaps) and Kaleb McGary (four sacks and 17 pressures on 478 pass-blocking snaps) securing the perimeter. 

Atlanta got a solid showing from rookie guard Matthew Bergeron (59.5 PFF grade) but will need him to take a step forward in his second season. Once again, the Falcons are relying on starter health after passing on adding depth pieces in the draft or free agency. The only legitimate backup the Falcons have is right tackle Storm Norton, who struggled at times during his tenure with the Chargers but posted a career-best PFF grade (68.3) in his lone season with Atlanta. 

Atlanta can compete for the top overall spot on this ranking if Bergeron can take a leap in his second season. Even if he doesn’t, this team should be locked into a top-five ranking for the 2024 season. However, things could go south in a hurry if they are forced to lean on their nonexistent depth.  

3. Indianapolis Colts

Bernhard Raimann, Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Will Fries, Braden Smith

After years of navigating offensive line injuries, the Colts got a mostly solid season out of their group in 2023. Four of Indianapolis’s starters played in 14 games and logged at least 882 offensive snaps. That consistency allowed the Colts to have the highest collective PFF pass-blocking grade (75.1) while allowing just 10 total sacks. 

Arguably, the biggest key to Indianapolis’s success as a unit was the huge growth of second-year left tackle Bernhard Raimann. Raimann struggled as a rookie but bounced back with an 82.7 PFF grade and just four sacks and 34 pressures on 620 pass pro snaps. That, combined with the steady play of a healthy Quenton Nelson (70.8 PFF grade) and Ryan Kelly (77.2 PFF grade) stabilized the offensive line.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 18: Indianapolis Colts Offensive Guard Quenton Nelson (56) looks on in game action during a NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 18, 2020, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by MSA/Icon Sportswire)

Indianapolis will need Braden Smith to return to full health in 2024 after developmental rookie Blake Freeland struggled in 701 snaps (45 pressures on 426 snaps). The Colts didn’t need to lean on depth much in 2024 but actively fortified their offensive line in the third and fourth rounds of the draft by adding quality college players in Pittsburgh’s Matt Goncalves and Wisconsin’s Tanor Bortolini. It wouldn’t be shocking if Bortolini pushed incumbent right guard Will Fries (61.2 PFF grade) for his starting role at some point in the season. 

If healthy, the Colts are a threat to regain the title of the top offensive line in football. However, of the teams in the top 5, they have arguably the best reserves. This could be a formidable unit in 2024. 

4. Los Angeles Rams

Alaric Jackson, Jonah Jackson, Steve Avila, Kevin Dotson, Rob Havenstein

The Rams were one of the more surprising offensive line units in 2023, turning a largely inexperienced offensive line into one of the NFL’s most dominant units. The Rams transitioned to a gap-blocking run scheme that rolled through opposing defenses while providing strong protection (11 sacks surrendered) in the passing attack.

INGLEWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Brian Allen #55 of the Rams during an NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams on September 18, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)

The Rams will return four of their five starters, including right guard Kevin Dotson. The Rams traded for Dotson during training camp after three uneven years with the Steelers. He rewarded the team with an 85.2 PFF grade, including an 88.8 run-blocking grade. Rookie second-round pick Steve Avila also posted a solid first season as the left guard, allowing just 32 pressures on a team-leading 685 pass-blocking snaps.

Los Angeles will re-shuffle its offensive line in 2024 after letting starting center Coleman Shelton walk in free agency. The team will kick Avila over to center and fill his position with former Lions guard Jonah Jackson. Jackson has struggled with injuries the last two seasons but is a solid veteran piece who will help stabilize the interior. 

The Rams don’t have a ton of depth on the offensive line, but they do return former starting left tackle Joe Noteboom to serve as their swing tackle. Noteboom was expected to be the starter at left tackle in 2023 but lost his job to Alaric Jackson. He has starting experience and has played over 2,000 career snaps for the Rams, including 573 snaps between left tackle, right tackle and right guard in 2023. 

5. Las Vegas Raiders

Kolton Miller, Jackson Powers-Johnson, Andre James, Dylan Parham, Thayer Munford Jr.

The Raiders return four offensive linemen who played at least 500 snaps on 2023’s impressive offensive line. Las Vegas struggled at times in pass protection in 2023 (24 sacks surrendered), but finished as PFF’s third-rated run-blocking unit (74.3 average PFF run-blocking grade). 

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 23: Las Vegas Raiders linemen Andre James (68) and Kolton Miller (74) head toward the locker room after the NFL game featuring the Houston Texans and the Las Vegas Raiders on October 23, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

Las Vegas did lose guard Greg Van Roten and tackle Jermaine Eluemunor in free agency. Both players were key contributors on the offensive line. That means that rotational tackle Thayer Munford Jr. will be pushed into a full-time starting role after finishing 2023 with a 74.1 PFF grade. He allowed 28 pressures on 303 pass-blocking snaps.

The most significant addition to the team came in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Las Vegas selected Oregon’s Jackson Powers-Johnson, a player many thought belonged in the first round. Powers-Johnson had just one season as a starter in college but won the Rimington Award as the nation’s best college center. He posted an 84.5 PFF grade and allowed just one pressure in his last collegiate season. He is most likely to find a home as a guard in his first year. 

This is a very good offensive line that upgraded its biggest area of need at left guard in free agency. Don’t be surprised if we see this unit dominate the ground again in 2024. 

6. Cleveland Browns

Jedrick Wills Jr., Joel Bitonio, Ethan Pocic, Wyatt Teller, Jack Conklin

Cleveland’s offensive line was hit hard by injuries in 2023, with both Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. playing fewer than 600 snaps. The Browns were able to navigate those injuries thanks to excellent depth and potentially discovered a future starter in 2023 fourth-round rookie Dawand Jones (64.7 PFF grade) at right tackle. 

Thankfully for Cleveland, the interior combination of Joel Bitonio, Ethan Pocic and Wyatt Teller stayed on the field and continued to provide a high level of play. The trio all played at least 999 snaps and logged PFF grades of at least 68.0 or higher. Bitonio, Pocic and Teller also combined to allow just nine sacks and 76 pressures on a combined 1,912 pass protection snaps.

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 15: Cleveland Browns offensive guard Wyatt Teller (77) sets up for the play during the NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals on December 15, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire)

The Browns offensive line should be in good shape once again in 2024, assuming Wills and Conklin can return from injury. Even if they struggle out of the gate, the team knows they can lean on Jones to provide solid, starting-level play. The Browns also tried to address their interior depth, selecting Michigan guard Zak Zinter in the third round. Zinter suffered a broken leg against Ohio State in 2023 but is a solid depth piece who could have starting upside in the future. 

If the Browns offensive line can start the season healthy (and stay that way), they can easily push themselves back into the top three units in the NFL once again. 

7. Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Cam Jurgens, Tyler Steen, Lane Johnson

Philadelphia has been the gold standard for offensive lines over the past several seasons due to a combination of continuity and blue-chip talent. For the first time in a while, this team’s talent will be tested after veteran center Jason Kelce retired after the 2023 season. 

The Eagles still have two of the best tackles in the NFL returning in 2024. Jordan Mailata continues to establish himself as one of the top left tackles in the NFL. He finished 2023 with an 84.1 PFF grade thanks to PFF run and pass blocking grades above 83.0. Lane Johnson continues to defy age, posting his third straight season with at least 800 snaps played and an 80.0 PFF grade. He did finally show some signs of his decline in his age-34 season, allowing his most pressures since 2018 (33). 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 03: San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Nick Bosa (97) rushes Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson (65) in the first half during the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles on December 03, 2023 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles will have to shuffle their interior offensive line due to Kelce’s retirement. Landon Dickerson will likely stay at left guard after securing a big payday this offseason. He set career-highs in PFF grade (70.0) and pass blocking grade (77.6). Cam Jurgens figures to be the natural replacement for Kelce after a solid season as the starting right guard. He allowed 22 pressures on 383 pass-blocking snaps but missed time with an injury. 2023 third-round pick Tyler Steen will likely compete with veteran Matt Hennessy to fill his right guard vacancy. 

The Eagles ultimately fall outside of the top five offensive lines because they are downgrading two positions despite returning four starters. Jurgens was a solid guard but is certainly a downgrade from Kelce. Projected right guard Steen will also be a downgrade from Jurgens given his inexperience (71 snaps played in 2023). 

The Eagles certainly could continue to dominate on the offensive line, but for the first time in a long time, some variables push other teams with more continuity ahead of them in the offensive line ranks. 

8. Green Bay Packers

Jordan Morgan, Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers, Sean Rhyan, Zach Tom

Green Bay’s offensive line is a collection of versatile pieces who can fill any number of roles. That makes it difficult to project their starting five offensive linemen. However, they are easily a top-10 group based on the talent that can play anywhere on the line. 

The Packers return three players (Rasheed Walker, Elgton Jenkins and Zach Tom) who played at least 850 snaps in 2023 and finished with a PFF grade above 66.0. That group combined to give up eight sacks (six by Walker) and 89 pressures. Walker struggled early taking over for David Bahktiari but found his groove down the stretch and improved greatly. 

Despite the improved play, Walker is not guaranteed a starting role in 2024 after the Packers selected Jordan Morgan in the first round of the draft. Morgan was a three-year starter at Arizona, playing over 1,400 career snaps over the last two seasons. He gave up just three sacks and 24 pressures while posting two straight seasons with a PFF grade above 83.0. 

Center Josh Myers was solid but unremarkable in 2023 after giving up five sacks and 28 pressures on 662 pass blocking snaps. Likewise, Sean Rhyan was inconsistent rotating between both guard spots in 2023. There are rumors that the Packers could move Zach Tom to center, which would provide more interior depth. 

Regardless of how Green Bay decides to line up their offensive line in 2024, they have at least six players who can play numerous positions and provide strong play. 

9. New York Jets

Tyron Smith, John Simpson, Joe Tippmann, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Morgan Moses

Injuries continued to plague the Jets offensive line in 2023. Eleven different players logged over 149 snaps, but very few of them played well. Nine of those 11 players surrendered at least two sacks and 14 pressures. Five different linemen gave up 20 or more pressures, including two (Laken Tomlinson and Mekhi Becton) who surrendered over 50. Only one offensive lineman (Alijah Vera-Tucker) finished with a PFF grade above 61.0. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to just 250 snaps.

ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 10: Dallas Cowboys Offensive Tackle Tyron Smith (77) warms up prior to the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys on November 10, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

The Jets were one of the most aggressive teams attacking the offensive line position this offseason. New York added John Simpson (56.3 PFF grade with Baltimore) and Tyron Smith (83.7 PFF grade with Dallas) in free agency. They also traded for Morgan Moses (80.4 PFF grade) to secure their right tackle position. Each of these players is a significant upgrade from 2023, but there are some injury concerns with Smith and Moses. 

The Jets tried to mitigate that risk in the draft, selecting Penn State’s Olu Fashanu with the 11th pick. Fashanu never allowed a sack during his two years as a starter at Penn State. He’s a prototypical left tackle (6-foot-6 and 319 pounds) with excellent pass-protection ability. He’s more than ready to play if Smith or Moses go down with an injury.

If the Jets offensive line can stay healthy, they can easily be the best offensive line in the NFL. However, there are plenty of ways for this plan to fail, especially given the team’s questionable health. 

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

Troy Fautanu, Isaac Seumalo, Zach Frazier, James Daniels, Broderick Jones

Pittsburgh has aggressively worked to upgrade its offensive line over the last two seasons. Two of those moves worked very well in 2023. Left guard Isaac Seumalo finished with the highest grade on the offensive line (73.9) and gave up zero sacks on 631 pass plays. The 2023 first-round pick Broderick Jones eventually took over the right tackle position and had an inconsistent season, giving up five sacks and 34 pressures on 450 pass-blocking snaps. 

PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 20: Pittsburgh Steelers guard James Daniels (78) is announced during the national football league game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 20, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire)

The Steelers once again used the draft to upgrade their offensive line in 2024. The team selected Washington left tackle Troy Fautanu in the first round and West Virginia center Zach Frazier in the second round. Many believe Fautanu needs to kick to the interior due to a lack of size, but he has the athleticism and length to justify keeping him at left tackle to upgrade Dan Moore Jr. (eight sacks and 56 pressures on 580 pass-pro snaps in 2023). Frazier was a four-year starter at center for West Virginia who was an excellent run blocker and played with leverage at center. 

Those four additions, combined with incumbent starter James Daniels (61.1 PFF grade in 2023), make up what could be one of the best offensive lines in 2024. The Steelers have strong veterans surrounding their young pieces, which should help accelerate their acclimation to the NFL. 

11. Los Angeles Chargers

Rashawn Slater, Zion Johnson, Bradley Bozeman, Jamaree Salyer, Joe Alt

The Chargers offensive line suffered very few injuries in 2023, with four different offensive linemen playing over 1,000 snaps. However, none of them were very good. 

Those four offensive linemen (Rashawn Slater, Zion Johnson, Jamaree Salyer and Trey Pipkins) combined to allow 24 sacks and 161 pressures. Only one starter from the 2023 team (Slater) posted a PFF grade above 63.0. The general struggles of the offensive line were a big reason why the team struggled on offense last season.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Rashawn Slater (70) sets up to block during the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles on November 7, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Their issues led the Chargers to overhaul their coaching staff. Los Angeles signed Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan and installed Greg Roman as its offensive coordinator. Those moves suggest that the Chargers will turn to a run-heavy, power approach in 2024. The team made moves on the offensive line that reflected that new mentality.

First, the Chargers grabbed Bradley Bozeman to serve as their center. Bozeman struggled last season in Carolina, but he was miscast in their offense and should do well in a power-centric running attack. It isn’t known if Corey Linsley can return to football after missing 2023 with a heart issue, but this move is a proactive one that will guarantee Los Angeles has a veteran center on the team. 

The Chargers added a final piece to the offensive line when they selected Notre Dame’s Joe Alt with the fifth pick of the draft. Alt was a three-year starter at left tackle for Notre Dame and was the best offensive lineman in the 2024 class. He allowed just one sack and eight pressures over his last two seasons (774 pass protection snaps) and finished 2023 with an 86.5 PFF grade. He’s likely to take over the right tackle position, moving incumbent starter Pipkins into a swing tackle role. 

It wouldn’t be surprising to see this unit climb into the top five with a new coaching staff and key talent upgrades at center and right tackle. At the very least, their talent should keep them hovering around the top 12 offensive lines in 2024 if they can stay healthy again. 

12. Houston Texans

Laremy Tunsil, Kenyon Green, Juice Scruggs, Shaq Mason, Tytus Howard

Few teams in the NFL suffered offensive line injuries like the 2023 Houston Texans. Just two of their projected starters in 2024 (Laremy Tunsil and Shaq Mason) played more than 800 snaps. The team was banking on developmental experience for second-year guard Kenyon Green and rookie center Juice Scruggs, but neither happened. Green suffered a season-ending injury before the season, and Scruggs was limited to just 439 snaps in 2023. 

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 13: Houston Texans offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (78) looks on in action during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans on December 13, 2020, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

Injuries also forced the team to play Tytus Howard out of position at guard after Kendrick Green (who was acquired to replace Kenyon Green) was limited to just 208 snaps. In total, seven different offensive linemen played over 400 snaps for Houston in 2023. Another three players logged 200 or more snaps.

Houston will enter 2024 with the same projected starting unit as 2023 and hopes that this time health is on its side. As a positive, the injuries in 2023 allowed this team to develop much-needed depth. Houston should have competitions at left guard (Kendrick Green and Kenyon Green) and center after 2023 sixth-round pick Jarrett Patterson (60.4 PFF grade) played well in Scruggs’ absence. 

Houston also invested a second-round pick in Notre Dame right tackle Blake Fisher in the draft. Fisher is a young offensive lineman who could have used another season in college but also has plenty of experience. He started his career at left tackle, suffering a knee injury in his first game. He shifted to the right side after Joe Alt emerged as a top-tier left tackle. He could serve as either a swing tackle or a guard in the NFL. 

Few teams can match Houston’s depth, but it needs a fully healthy season to entrench itself at the top of this list. 

13. Minnesota Vikings

Christian Darrisaw, Blake Brandel, Garrett Bradbury, Ed Ingram, Brian O’Neill

Minnesota finds itself in a familiar place heading into 2024. The Vikings have arguably the best tackle duo in the NFL with Chrisitan Darrisaw and Brian O’Neill. However, their offensive line is a combination of average options who haven’t shown the ability to develop past their current ability. 

The combination of Darrisaw (six sacks and 31 pressures on 650 pass plays) and O’Neill (six sacks and 33 pressures on 590 pass plays) carried the load for the Vikings in 2023. Each should be considered a top-10 option at their respective positions. Unfortunately, Garrett Bradbury (60.9 PFF grade) and Ed Ingram (59.5 PFF grade) showed little growth from 2022. Minnesota also took a shot on veteran left guard Dalton Risner, but he did very little to elevate the unit as a whole.

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 15: Minnesota Vikings Center Garrett Bradbury (56) points his finger during an NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Chargers on December 15, 2019, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire)

One positive for Minnesota is their collective strength as a run-blocking unit. Three of their projected starters (Darrisaw, O’Neill and Bradbury) posted PFF run blocking grades above 65.0. Even projected starting left guard Blake Brandel was a good run blocker (63.8 grade) in a 163-play sample size. The Vikings will likely need to lean on the run to support Sam Darnold or rookie quarterback J.J. McCarthy. 

For the Vikings to climb in the rankings, they will need legitimate growth from Bradbury and Ingram. However, if they get the same production from those two and struggle at left guard with an unproven player, they could easily fall outside the top-15 units in 2024. 

14. San Francisco 49ers

Trent Williams, Aaron Banks, Jake Brendel, Jon Feliciano, Colton McKivitz

Trent Williams continues to defy everything we know about age. Since joining the 49ers, Williams has posted four straight seasons with at least 950 snaps played and a PFF grade above 91.0. He’s also posted four straight years of run-blocking grades above 91.0 and a pass-blocking grade above 82.0. 

FOXBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 25: San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) during a game between the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers on October 25, 2020, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

However, the story of 2023 was the growth of the other pieces on the offensive line. The 49ers were able to stay healthy in 2023, with just six linemen playing over 400 offensive snaps. Five of those players return in 2024 as starters. Only one of them (left guard Aaron Banks) had a PFF grade below 63.0.

The biggest surprise was veteran interior offensive lineman Jon Feliciano, who was acquired as a depth piece. He wound up playing at all three interior positions and posted career-highs in PFF grade (81.2) and run blocking grade (87.0). He was rewarded with a contract and is penciled into the right guard position in 2024. 

For the 49ers to jump up in these rankings, they will need right tackle Colton McKivitz to develop as a pass blocker after he gave up nine sacks and 47 pressures on 573 passing plays. The team will also need more out of Banks at left guard. The team could turn to 2024 third-round pick Dominick Puni if he continues to struggle. Puni is a dominant run blocker who played guard and tackle at Kansas. He allowed zero sacks during his two seasons with the Jayhawks. 

15. Kansas City Chiefs

Wanya Morris, Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith, Jawaan Taylor

The Chiefs offensive line will once again rely on their interior grouping to drive their offensive line. Kansas City has arguably the most dominant interior line grouping in the NFL, but its tackle situation leaves a lot to be desired. 

Kansas City paid a big contract to right tackle Jawaan Taylor before the 2023 season but can’t be pleased with the early returns on that investment. Taylor led the Chiefs in pressures (47) and sacks allowed (5) in his first season. He was also the only offensive lineman to post a PFF grade below 55.0. 

KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 26: Kansas City Chiefs center Creed Humphrey (52) and guard Joe Thuney (62) in the first quarter of an NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on Dec 26, 2021 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

Thankfully, the combination of Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith continued to dominate on the interior offensive line. All three players finished 2023 with PFF grades above 65.0 in pass blocking, 66.0 in run blocking and 72.0 in overall grade. The trio allowed just eight sacks but did give up 83 pressures on the year. 

The key to Kansas City’s offensive line will be how the team addresses left tackle. Donovan Smith struggled in his lone season with Kansas City and played just 12 games. That allowed developmental tackle Wanya Morris an opportunity to play. He had plenty of flashes and will enter the season as the projected starter He will have to hold off 2024 second-round pick Kingsley Suamataia out of BYU. Suamataia is another raw prospect who had success as a pass blocker in college. 

If Morris or Suamataia can acclimate quickly to the NFL level, then there is no reason why the Chiefs won’t be a top-10 unit given their interior grouping. 

16. Cincinnati Bengals

Orlando Brown Jr., Cordell Volson, Ted Karras, Alex Cappa, Trent Brown

The Bengals got a very healthy season from their offensive line in 2023, with all five starters playing 17 games and logging over 1,000 snaps. The group was solid, but not great, with all five starters finishing with a PFF grade between 58.0 and 68.0. 

Cincinnati’s big free-agent acquisition, left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., was hit or miss in his first season. While he was an upgrade over Jonah Williams, he did allow the most pressures on the offensive line (59) and had the second-worst PFF run-blocking grade (57.1) of the group. Thankfully, the team continued to get strong play from center Ted Karras (67.4 PFF grade) and Alex Cappa (64.9 PFF grade) on the interior. 

The Bengals allowed 2023 right tackle Williams to walk in free agency after four very average seasons in Cincinnati. His initial replacement will be former Patriot left tackle Trent Brown, who is coming off his best season in the NFL with career-highs in PFF grade (80.2) and run blocking grade (80.7). Brown has a lengthy injury history, which led the Bengals to hedge their bets in the first round of the NFL draft. Cincinnati used its first-round pick on Georgia right tackle Amarius Mims, a player with the tools to emerge as the top lineman in this class. Mims is extremely raw (just eight career starts) and needs time to develop. He may not get that chance with Brown ahead of him on the depth chart. 

Cincinnati could be a top-10 unit in 2024 if it can stay healthy and get better play out of the left guard position. However, if injuries force Mims into playing time earlier than he can handle, then this season can spin out of control in a hurry against some of the AFC North’s pass rushers. 

17. Chicago Bears

Braxton Jones, Teven Jenkins, Ryan Bates, Nate Davis, Darnell Wright

Injuries handicapped what should have been a promising season on the offensive line for Chicago. Only one of the Bears projected starters (right tackle Darnell Wright) played more than 12 games last season. Wright, the team’s 2023 first-round pick, performed admirably in his first season in the NFL, surrendering just seven sacks and 81 pressures on 646 snaps. 

If Chicago can stay healthy in 2024, it could have a very talented offensive line. Left tackle Braxton Jones played just 724 snaps in 2023 but finished a second straight season with PFF pass blocking, run blocking and overall grades above 68.0. Left guard Teven Jenkins continues to be a solid piece and logged a career-high in snaps (731), but hasn’t been consistently on the field.

Chicago’s big free agent acquisition in 2023 was guard Nate Davis. Davis posted three straight seasons of a 68.0 or higher PFF grade before joining the Bears. Personal issues and injuries caused his play to spiral in 2023, leading to a 52.9 PFF grade. There is hope that he can return to his strong play in previous seasons. 

Finally, the Bears attempted to upgrade their center position in free agency after Lucas Patrick struggled in 2023. Chicago traded for Buffalo’s Ryan Bates and added former Rams center Coleman Shelton in free agency. Neither player is a top-end option, but they are both solid linemen who can play anywhere on the interior of the offensive line.

Once again, the Bears’ final ranking will come down to health. On the surface, this is a talented offensive line that has a strong mixture of solid veterans on the interior and two young, ascending tackles. However, another season with a litany of injuries will lead them to drop further down this list. 

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tristan Wirfs, Ben Bredeson, Graham Barton, Cody Mauch, Luke Goedeke

The Buccaneers gambled with the left tackle position in 2023, flipping right tackle Tristan Wirfs to the left side to replace long-time starter Donovan Smith. The move paid off in a big way (despite Wirfs posting a career-low 81.1 PFF grade). He should improve even more in 2024 with a full season on the blindside under his belt. 

Even better was the fact that the Buccaneers got a great season out of Luke Goedeke at right tackle after he struggled in 2022 as the team’s left guard. Goedeke finished second on the Buccaneers offensive line in PFF grade (72.5) and posted run and pass blocking grades above 70.0 in his first season at right tackle.

TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 03: Tristan Wirfs (78) of the Bucs sets up to pass block Allen Bailey (93) of the Falcons during the regular season game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 03, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

Unfortunately, the positives ended there. The 2023 second-round pick Cody Mauch struggled to transition from the FCS level to the NFL in his first season. He allowed a team-high seven sacks and 48 pressures while posting just a 39.1 run-blocking grade. That was the worst of any player (even wide receivers) on the Buccaneers last season. 

The Buccaneers did their best to upgrade their offensive line in the 2024 offseason. Tampa Bay added veterans Ben Bredeson and Sua Opeta in free agency. Bredeson struggled with the Giants in 2023 (who didn’t) but has been solid in the past. Opeta played a career-high in snaps in 2023, allowing just 25 pressures on 311 pass plays. The most impactful acquisition was 2024 first-round pick Graham Barton. Barton played left tackle the last two seasons at Duke but does have experience at center. He was considered by many to be the best interior offensive lineman in this class thanks to his demeanor while blocking and athleticism. He’s a safe bet to take over at center to replace Ryan Jensen. 

There is a formula where Tampa Bay can push into the top 12 offensive lines in 2024. They’d need Barton to hit the ground running and be at least a league-average starter. The team also needs Mauch to take a considerable step forward as a pro while getting roughly the same play from Wirfs and Goedeke. However, this is a lot that needs to go right, which is why this team finds itself just inside the top 20 before the season. 

19. New England Patriots

Chukwuma Okorafor, Cole Strange, David Andrews, Sidy Sow, Michael Onwenu

Like many teams, the Patriots were hit hard by injuries on the offensive line in 2023. Only center David Andrews and right tackle Michael Onwenu played more than 13 games and 800 snaps last season. 

FOXBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 25: New England Patriots offensive lineman Cole Strange (69) blocks for quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens on September 25, 2022, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Truthfully, the Patriots could have been an extremely good unit in 2023 had they stayed healthy. Their four returning starters (Cole Strange, Andrews, Sidy Sow and Onwenu) all finished with PFF grades above 64.0 and run-blocking grades above 66.0. None of that group allowed more than six sacks or 30 pressures on the season. 

New England does enter the 2024 season with a glaring hole at left tackle after letting Trent Brown leave in free agency. The Patriots seem open to letting Chukwuma Okorafor and 2024 third-round pick Caedan Wallace compete for the position. Okorafor was benched in his final season with the Steelers and has just two career snaps at left tackle in his career. Wallace was a three-year starter at right tackle for Penn State and may have the athletic ability to flip, but it is hardly a guarantee. 

The Patriots get the benefit of the doubt on this list because injuries aren’t necessarily predictive. However, another year of bad injury luck (and struggles from the left tackle options) could have this team dropping outside of the top 20 in a hurry. 

20. Denver Broncos

Garrett Bolles, Ben Powers, Luke Wattenberg, Quinn Meinerz, Mike McGlinchey

Denver’s offensive line performed well as a collective whole in 2023, but the team will have to navigate the critical loss of center Lloyd Cushenberry in free agency. Cushenberry finished as a top-10 center in PFF grade last season (73.2) and set career-highs in both run blocking grade (72.4) and pass blocking grade (76.4). The team did not attempt to fill that vacancy this offseason, leaving third-year veteran Luke Wattenberg and his 129 career snaps as their projected starter.

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 29: Denver Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles (72) runs onto the field before a game between the Denver Broncos and the New Orleans Saints at Empower Field at Mile High on November 29, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire)

Denver returns three starters (Garrett Bolles, Ben Powers and Quinn Meinerz) who played over 1,000 snaps in 2023. That group allowed just eight sacks and 77 pressures. Veteran right tackle Mike McGlinchey continued to struggle as a pass protector (six sacks and 49 pressures on 569 pass plays) but remains one of the better run-blocking tackles in the NFL. 

Denver has solid depth along its offensive line, but the gaping hole at the center position could prove to be a lot to overcome. If Wattenberg (or veteran backup Sam Mustipher) can function well between Powers and Meinerz, then this will once again be a top-12 offensive line. If not, they may struggle to consistently crack the top 20 units in 2024. 

21. Tennessee Titans

JC Latham, Peter Skoronski, Lloyd Cushenberry, Daniel Brunskill, Dillon Radunz

The Titans poured a lot into their offensive line before the 2023 season, signing veteran free agents at left tackle (Andre Dillard) and right guard (Daniel Brunskill). The team also used a first-round pick on Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski. These moves had mixed results at best.

Brunskill played well in a full-time role after rotating during his time with the 49ers. Similarly, Peter Skoronski did fine in his first professional season but struggled to play at a high level thanks to an emergency appendectomy early in his rookie season. Unfortunately, the Dillard signing was an abject disaster. The former first-round pick allowed 12 sacks and 41 pressures on 331 passing plays before being benched. 

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 23: Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Dillon Radunz (75) takes the field before the Tennessee Titans game versus the Indianapolis Colts on October 23, 2022, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire)

That led the Titans to try several different players at left tackle. None of them did well. 

Tennessee was able to find a home for 2021 second-round pick Dillon Radunz at right tackle after he struggled to see the field as a guard in his two first seasons. The veteran still is a work in progress as a pass protector (36 pressures on 455 pass protection snaps) but finished with the best run-blocking grade in Tennessee (78.7). 

The Titans wasted no time addressing the holes on their offensive line this offseason. They signed Lloyd Cushenberry to a big deal in free agency to replace incumbent starter Aaron Brewer. Tennessee also used their first-round pick on Alabama right tackle JC Latham. Latham has the size and athleticism to play on the left side but never did it in college, so time will tell how that will go. 

It wouldn’t be shocking if the Titans were this year’s “surprise team” that finishes as a top-10 unit. The team has invested in several key areas on the offensive line with first-round draft capital and has legendary offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who came to coach with his son after spending the last few seasons in Cleveland. It’s just hard to justify making that move now given the uncertainty of Latham’s ability to play left tackle. 

22. Dallas Cowboys

Tyler Guyton, Tyler Smith, Cooper Beebe, Zack Martin, Terence Steele

Ranking outside the top 10 offensive line units is unfamiliar territory for the Dallas Cowboys, but it is warranted given the turnover on their offensive line. Dallas allowed Tyron Smith and Tyler Biadasz to walk in free agency, leaving them with two big holes. 

The Cowboys attempted to fill those needs through the NFL draft, selecting Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton in the first round and Kansas State’s Cooper Beebe in the third round of the draft. Gutyon played over 900 snaps for Oklahoma at right tackle the last two seasons, allowing just two sacks and 11 pressures during his tenure. He has all the athletic traits to play left tackle in the NFL but is very raw (he moved to tackle in college) and has never played on the left side. 

Beebe, on the other hand, is the complete opposite as a player. Beebe has been one of the best guards in college football over the last two seasons. He’s a limited athlete with a mean streak and could be the starting center for Dallas in 2024 despite never playing the position in college. He’s a technically sound player who logged three straight seasons with an 80.0+ PFF grade and finished 2023 with a 79.9 run-blocking grade. 

Taking shots on rookies at key positions is far more palatable when you have two of the best guards in the NFL flanking them. The combination of Zack Martin and Tyler Smith surrendered just five sacks and 39 pressures on over 900 pass protection snaps in 2023. Each player finished with PFF grades above 69.0. Dallas needs a bounce-back season from Terence Steele in 2024 after inking him to a big contract before the 2023 season. Steele allowed a career-high 54 pressures and had the worst pass-blocking grade of his career (45.9). He also had his second-worst PFF grade (50.8) and run-blocking grade (57.2).

It is hard to trust a team that is breaking in two rookies on the offensive line who will be playing out of their collegiate position. However, if Dallas evaluated Guyton and Beebe correctly and they can immediately step in as good starters, then it will have fortified its offensive line again for years to come. 

23. Seattle Seahawks

Charles Cross, Laken Tomlinson, Olu Oluwatimi, Christian Haynes, Abraham Lucas

Seattle hoped to see its offensive line take another step in 2023 after it got very good rookie seasons from Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas at tackle in 2022. Unfortunately, both Cross and Lucas struggled with injuries, which was enough for this unit to fall apart and the offense as a whole to struggle. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA – OCTOBER 09: Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Charles Cross (67) prepares to pass block during the football game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome on October 9, 2022 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

Cross was able to at least play 832 snaps in 14 games while flashing enough improvement to solidify the idea that he’s the left tackle of the future. Lucas however, played just 273 snaps on the season and allowed 17 pressures on 182 pass protection snaps. 

No matter what, Seattle will be rolling out three new starters on the interior offensive line after letting Evan Brown and Damien Lewis walk in free agency. Seattle is hoping that 2023 fifth-round pick Olu Oluwatimi can provide consistency at center after playing just 128 snaps as a rookie. The Seahawks will also hope that free agent acquisition Laken Tomlinson can rebound after having his worst season in 2023 with the Jets (55.0 PFF grade) in a terrible offensive situation. At worst, Tomlinson is a dependable veteran with seven straight seasons of 1,000 snaps played.

The real wild card in Seattle will be 2024 third-round pick Christian Haynes out of Connecticut. Haynes is a phenomenal athlete who was a four-year starter at guard for the Huskies. Not only did he dominate in college on a bad team (two straight 80.0 or better PFF-graded seasons), but he also shined at the Senior Bowl. He should instantly step in to start at the right guard position. 

Seattle also signed George Fant in free agency to serve as injury insurance for Cross and Lucas. Fant has done well as a swing tackle throughout his career and has logged over 2,000 snaps at both left and right tackle. There are just too many question marks on this team to justify pushing them higher on the rankings before the season. 

24. Arizona Cardinals

Paris Johnson Jr., Elijah Wilkinson, Hjalte Froholdt, Will Hernandez, Jonah Williams

Arizona’s offensive line enters 2024 as a collection of players who have proven to be average in the NFL. The Cardinals return four starters from 2023 in Paris Johnson Jr., Elijah Wilkinson, Hjalte Froholdt and Will Hernandez. Three of those starters finished with PFF grades between 60.0 and 67.0. All four surrendered at least three sacks and 23 pressures last year. 

Johnson will transition to the left side of the line after spending 2023 as the team’s right tackle. He showed flashes during his first season but did surrender a team-leading 42 pressures on 685 pass attempts. He has all the tools of a top-end left tackle but needs to show them at the NFL level. Arizona opted to bring in former Bengal Jonah Williams to replace him at right tackle. Williams has three straight seasons with over 1,000 snaps played. He’s given up at least eight sacks and 40 pressures in all three of those seasons. 

One position to watch is left guard, where incumbent starter Wilkinson (46.2 PFF grade) will be pushed into training camp by 2024 third-round rookie Isaiah Adams out of Illinois. Adams played at left tackle in 2023 after starting for the Fighting Illini at left guard in 2022. He’s more of a guard at the NFL level and is a fantastic, tone-setting run blocker.

The Cardinals will be able to withstand injuries better than most teams in the league thanks to their veteran depth, but they just lack the talent to push inside the top 15 unless Johnson Jr. and Williams take a massive developmental step. 

25. Buffalo Bills

Dion Dawkins, David Edwards, Connor McGovern, O’Cyrus Torrence, Spencer Brown

Buffalo’s offensive line didn’t take a big step forward in 2023 despite adding second-round pick O’Cyrus Torrence. Taking a leap will be even more difficult for the team in 2024 after veteran center Mitch Morse (64.1 PFF grade) was cut in a salary-saving move. 

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 10: Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (73) shakes hands with fans after an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs on Oct 10, 2021 at GEHA Filed at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

All five of Buffalo’s starters played 17 games and over 1,100 snaps in 2023. That group allowed just 12 sacks on the season, which is stellar. Unfortunately, they allowed 164 collective pressures, which is far less ideal. The tackle duo of Dion Dawkins and Spencer Brown continues to pace this offensive line, but the team will need some consistency to emerge on the interior. 

First, Buffalo will need a better showing from Torrence after he spent his rookie season verifying his college film. Torrence allowed a team-high 40 pressures in 2023 but did very well as a run blocker. The Bills will also try to solve their center vacancy with an in-house move, kicking left guard Connor McGovern to center and replacing him with his former backup David Edwards. Edwards does have starting experience during his time with the Rams but played just 148 snaps last season with the Bills. 

Buffalo lacks the depth necessary to jump higher on this list during the preseason. Its starting five are solid contributors, but the depth chart behind them features a combination of late-round rookies and undrafted free agents. The Bills also added swing tackle La’el Collins in an attempt to salvage his career. Collins didn’t play a single snap in 2023 and struggled mightily during his lone season with the Bengals in 2022. 

26. Baltimore Ravens

Ronnie Stanley, Andrew Vorhees, Tyler Linderbaum, Ben Cleveland, Roger Rosengarten

For years, the Ravens have leaned on a veteran-heavy offensive line to set the tone in the run game. That approach worked well but has yet to culminate in a Super Bowl appearance. The moves this offseason suggest Baltimore will be trying a new approach in 2024. 

Baltimore decided to let left guard John Simpson (56.5 PFF grade) and right guard Kevin Zeitler (69.3 PFF grade) leave in free agency. The Ravens also traded away right tackle Morgan Moses (77.6 PFF grade) and have several options to backfill those positions. 

The Ravens are expected to move veteran Ben Cleveland into their starting right guard role after he’s looked good in 621 career snaps. The team will also hold a left guard competition between 2023 late-round picks Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu and Andrew Vorhees. Vorhees is especially interesting since he was considered a Day 2 pick who fell after tearing his ACL during the 2023 NFL combine. 

Baltimore will also have options at right tackle. The team could opt to give the full-time role to veteran Patrick Mekari. He’s played 2,700 career snaps during his time with the Ravens and never finished with a PFF grade below 66.0. However, he also has a ton of value as a versatile depth piece having played all five offensive line positions in the NFL.

The team also used a 2024 second-round pick on Washington right tackle Roger Rosengarten. Rosengarten logged over 1,800 snaps at right tackle for Washington over the last two seasons and never surrendered a sack (he did give up 27 pressures). The rookie is an excellent pass protector who needs to add some mass to gain more power as a run blocker. 

As it stands, the Ravens are slated to start two players with zero career snaps at the NFL level. It is hard to rank them higher heading into the season, but this is a team that could gradually climb the rankings as they get more experience. 

27. Carolina Panthers

Ikem Ekwonu, Damien Lewis, Austin Corbett, Robert Hunt, Taylor Moton

The Panthers offense was a collective mess in 2023, but a lot of their issues stemmed from terrible offensive line play. Nine different offensive linemen played over 150 snaps in Carolina last season. That group combined to allow 36 sacks and 229 pressures. 

CHARLOTTE, NC – NOVEMBER 27: Carolina Panthers tackle Ikem Ekwonu (79) during an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers on November 27, 2022, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire)

Three of those players (Ikem Ekwonu, Taylor Moton, Austin Corbett) are slated to return in 2023. Ekwonu, the former top-10 pick, has continued to dominate on the ground (77.0 PFF run-blocking grade) but is still a work in progress in pass protection. He allowed a team-leading 11 sacks and 44 pressures last season. The team will be trying Corbett at center after three seasons as the team’s starting left guard. Corbett struggled to return from a 2022 knee injury, playing just 257 snaps in 2023.

Carolina attacked the interior offensive line hard in the offseason, adding veterans Damien Lewis and Robert Hunt at the guard position. Lewis is a solid veteran, but Hunt is the crown jewel of this offensive line. Hunt was dominant when he was healthy in 2023, allowing just one sack and five pressures in 329 pass protection snaps. Unfortunately, hamstring injuries limited him to just 547 snaps. If he’s able to be healthy, he could be a serious upgrade on this offensive line. 

A sneaky addition to this team is former Packer swing tackle Yosh Nijman. Nijman logged over 1,500 career snaps during his four seasons with Green Bay, primarily at left tackle. He never had a PFF grade below 60.0 during his time with the Packers and could be a solid contingency plan if Ekwonu continues to struggle in pass protection at left tackle. 

It would be hard for the Panthers to be worse as an offensive line in 2024, but it is also hard to rank them inside the top 25 given their struggles in 2023. 

28. Washington Commanders

Cornelius Lucas, Nick Allegretti, Tyler Biadasz, Sam Cosmi, Andrew Wylie

Washington aggressively hit the free agency pool to try and supplement the talent on its offensive line under new head coach Dan Quinn. The Commanders added guard Nick Allegretti in free agency after five seasons as a reserve lineman for the Chiefs. He did get significant action during the team’s Super Bowl run, allowing just 11 pressures in two games. The team also brought in Tyler Biadasz to serve as the team’s starting center. The veteran played three straight seasons with over 1,000 snaps, allowing just three sacks and 61 pressures during that time.

The right side of the line will return for Washington in 2024. Sam Cosmi has developed into one of the better guards in the NFL, finishing 2023 with an 80.6 PFF grade after giving up just one sack and 31 pressures on 777 passing plays. Andrew Wylie also did well in his first season as a full-time starter with the Commanders. He has some things to clean up in pass protection (nine sacks and 42 pressures on 693 passing plays), but that’s understandable given the quality of pass rushers in the NFC East. 

The one position that Washington is missing is a left tackle after releasing veteran Charles Leno Jr. this offseason. Cornelius Lucas is the favorite to start the season at left tackle. The 10-year veteran has played 2,025 snaps with the Commanders since joining the team in 2020 and has logged a 67.0 or higher PFF grade in three of his last four seasons. 

The team could also give 2024 third-round pick Brandon Coleman a chance to play left tackle. Coleman struggled in his final season with TCU (57.7 PFF grade) but was excellent in 2023 (79.6 PFF grade). He’s a developmental prospect but has the athletic chops to justify staying at left tackle in the NFL. 

Washington has an offensive line that features three solid starters at center, right guard, and right tackle, but two unknowns on the left side of the offensive line. It is hard to imagine this team finding their way out of the top 20 in Dan Quinn’s first season. 

29. New York Giants

Andrew Thomas, Aaron Stinnie, John Michael Schmitz, Jon Runyan, Evan Neal

Nothing went right for the Giants in 2023. Veteran left tackle Andrew Thomas suffered an injury before the season, limiting him to just 576 snaps. He played well when healthy (76.1 PFF grade) and continued to solidify himself as one of the better-left tackles in the NFL.

In total, nine players logged 266 or more snaps on the Giants offensive line in 2023. Only two players (Thomas and veteran guard Mark Glowinski) posted a PFF grade above 53.0. That group allowed 37 sacks and 227 pressures. The biggest issue for New York is the continued struggles of its young offensive line pieces. Evan Neal was once again terrible when he was on the field, finishing with a 39.8 PFF grade and 30 pressures surrendered on 309 pass pro snaps. A move to guard can’t be out of the question after a second straight season struggling in space. Rookie center John Michael Schmitz was drafted to solidify the interior but gave up five sacks and 30 pressures on 484 pass-blocking snaps. 

The Giants worked hard to upgrade their offensive line in free agency. The team added veteran guards Aaron Stinnie and Jon Runyan along with veteran right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor. It wouldn’t be shocking if all three of these players started the season at the top of the depth chart. 

The Giants desperately need their young players to step up in 2023, but they have set themselves up well if they continue to struggle by supplementing their offensive line with veteran pieces. However, this team lacks impact players outside of Thomas, which makes it difficult to see them leaving the bottom third of the NFL’s offensive line units. 

30. Miami Dolphins

Terron Armstead, Liam Eichenberg, Aaron Brewer, Robert Jones, Austin Jackson

The Dolphins offensive line could be in for a real bad season in 2023. Miami was forced to let two of their core starters (right guard Robert Hunt and center Connor Williams) walk in free agency due to cap issues. Both players were limited by injuries in 2023 but still finished with two of the highest PFF grades in 2023. 

DAVIE, FL – JUNE 01: Miami Dolphins tackle Terron Armstead (72) walks off the field after the first mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on June 1, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)

Only one returning starter (right tackle Austin Jackson) played over 815 snaps in 2023. Jackson continued to be a strong right tackle, allowing just four sacks and 21 pressures on 592 pass protection snaps. He also finished with a solid 68.8 run-blocking grade. Miami is still holding out hope that Terron Armstead can put together a fully healthy season. Armstead was stellar when he was on the field in 2023 (80.9 PFF grade), but he was limited to just 10 games played. The veteran has yet to play more than 800 snaps in a season since 2020. 

Miami was able to grab veteran center Aaron Brewer in free agency to offset the loss of Connor Williams at center. Brewer is a strong run blocker but has consistently struggled in pass protection over his two seasons as a starter. 

The Dolphins did address the offensive line in the draft, selecting Houston’s Patrick Paul in the second round. Paul started 44 games at left tackle during his time in college but has some serious issues with his technique and likely needs developmental time before he can be relied on. He may not get that time given the team’s injury struggles.

If the Dolphins could get fully healthy seasons out of their tackle tandem, they could exceed all expectations. However, this team may have just lost too much talent in free agency to make a major impact. 

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

Cam Robinson, Ezra Cleveland, Mitch Morse, Brandon Scherff, Anton Harrison

The Jaguars offensive line lacks any star power, but they do have a collection of solid contributors. Only two returning starters (Cam Robinson and Brandon Scherff) posted a PFF grade above 65.0. That duo also combined to surrender just four sacks and 28 pressures (Robinson was limited to just nine games thanks to a suspension and injuries).

Outside of those two, the rest of the offensive line was just average. The 2023 first-round pick Anton Harrison won the starting right tackle job in training camp but posted just a 53.0 PFF grade. He led the team in sacks surrendered (5) and finished second in pressures allowed (27). Ezra Cleveland was a midseason acquisition and played 377 snaps at left guard but struggled to acclimate to his new surroundings. 

One area the Jaguars made a massive improvement was upgrading center Luke Fortner, who gave up a team-high 28 pressures in the middle of the offense. Jacksonville signed former Buffalo Bill Mitch Morse to fortify their interior offensive line. Morse played at least 700 snaps in each of his five seasons with Buffalo and never had a PFF grade below 61.0. 

Collectively, this group also struggled as run blockers. None of the projected five starters had a run-blocking grade above 62.0. Three of the projected starters had PFF grades below 52.0. That may not hurt Travis Etienne’s explosive perimeter runs, but it makes it hard to establish a consistent run game in the middle. 

The combination of Morse and Scherff could solidify the interior line. But even if they do, there aren’t any impact offensive linemen in this unit. They seem destined to be outside of the top 20 for the majority of the season. 

32. New Orleans Saints

Taliese Fuaga, Oli Udoh, Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Ryan Ramczyk

The Saints offensive line could struggle mightily in 2023. Their 2022 first-round pick Trevor Penning played in just 11 games in 2023 and was benched thanks to his considerable struggles in pass protection (19 pressures on 245 pass-blocking snaps). It is probably time to transition him to guard, especially considering the projected left guard is Vikings’ castoff Oli Udoh. Penning’s continued struggles forced the team to shift left guard Andrus Peat out to tackle, which worked out. Unfortunately, the team opted to let Peat walk in free agency.

The Saints could have a much bigger problem looming on the horizon thanks to veteran right tackle Ryan Ramczyk’s knee issues. Ramczyk was solid in 2023 (73.5 PFF grade) but may have a career-ending degenerative knee issue. 

The one bright spot on this unit is veteran center Erik McCoy, who is coming off his career-best season. McCoy set career highs in snaps played (1,152), PFF grade (79.4) and run blocking grade (89.4). McCoy has been inconsistent throughout his career but represents the one dependable piece of this offensive line. 

New Orleans tried to address its tackle issues by selecting Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga with the 14th pick of the draft. Fuaga was an absolute mauler in the run game during his two years as a starter (90.9 PFF run grade in 2023) but has struggled at times against athletic edge rushers. There were some questions about Fuaga’s ability to stay at tackle in the NFL, so the decision to start him at left tackle is a curious one that could be a repeat of the Penning experience. 

The Saints have more questions than answers on the offensive line heading into 2024, which could lead to a very bad season for the offense as a whole.

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