“Games are won in the trenches” – a phrase considered to be cliché by many. Best player: Josh Sitton The bigger issues came in the running game where Miami’s offensive line struggled mightily and all linemen graded poorly. Combinations used: 13. Left guard Andrew Norwell was in fact the league’s best pass-protecting guard in 2017 as he did not allow a single sack or hit and gave up just 13 total pressures all season. Pro Football Focus released their offensive line rankings for the 2020 regular season. The Buccaneers failed to consistently find success on the ground all season and their offensive line also struggled in run-blocking as evidenced by their most frequently used run concept, the inside zone. For example, they have Cyrus Kouandjio listed as the Buffalo Bills' starting right tackle. Pro Football Focus ranked every team’s offensive line, ... That put them No. That was up from No. Total pressures surrendered: 181 The Saints finished with the No. Second-year players Ryan Kelly and Le’Raven Clark both failed to reach 400 snaps, but even when on the field, both appeared to have taken a step back following their slightly promising rookie campaigns. 18 overall in the NFL. The only question mark comes at right tackle where Shon Coleman looked at least competent in his 62 snaps as a rookie. The 2017 season saw an offensive line seemingly carry its offense to the ultimate crown while portions of other teams' struggles can be attributed to offensive line struggles. However, Detroit struggled on the ground and averaged 3.35 rushing yards, the fewest in the NFL. The Browns invested heavily in their offensive line prior to the 2017 season; however, their best performers were still their incumbent starters in left tackle Joe Thomas and left guard Joel Bitonio. through games of 1/8/18. It doesn’t help that Robinson will be sat next to easily the weakest position on the Lions line where neither high draft picks in Graham Glasgow nor Laken Tomlinson have proved themselves even average starters. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. While Okung did become a solid left tackle for the team and the Chargers best offensive lineman, Lamp suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason and Feeney struggled to find his feet in his first year. Total pressures surrendered: 152 PFF's offensive line ranking spot on for the Browns. On one hand, this unit was marred by injuries (Kyle Long) and sophomore slumps (Cody Whitehair), but on the other, there were a couple standout performances as well. Minnesota saw a lot of new pieces in place along the offensive line for the 2017 season as both tackle positions and the center position were filled by new members. As a matter of fact, the entire Washington line was marred by injuries a season ago as a whopping 11 offensive linemen played at least 140 snaps for the Redskins in 2017. If you’re projecting purely off the final nine games from a season ago, the Steelers would be the No. Total pressures surrendered: 207 Unfortunately for Oakland, we’re still including the position in our analysis. The Steelers' offensive line was unable to live up to the expectations they themselves set with their strong performance in the playoffs during the 2016 season. Total pressures surrendered: 126 Our comprehensive PFF player grades take into account every aspect of a lineman’s game on every play from every game — their performance in both pass-blocking and run-blocking, and their discipline. Alejandro Villanueva came on extremely strong over that period, but his poor play from 2015 drags them down a bit. The Chiefs' offensive line got off to a solid start in the first month of the season, but injuries started to pile up as the season went on and the Chiefs lacked depth to overcome these injuries. Even the fact that Houston's running backs averaged 1.59 yards before contact – more than the league average – did not compensate for the unit’s deficiencies in pass protection. Eagles finish in the top-20 of PFF's final offensive line rankings Glenn Erby 1/7/2021. Combinations used: 11. Whether it’s Austin Howard, Marshall Newhouse, or Vadal Alexander, it looks like right tackle will continue to be a problem area in Oakland. He finished 66th out of 78 qualifying tackles a season ago in overall grade and that was an improvement. In addition, Oakland running backs averaged just 1.34 yards before contact, which was the seventh-lowest in the NFL last season. The issues arise at tackle where Charles Leno and Bobby Massie have never proven themselves more than below average starters. Best player: Jason Kelce Although the Titans' bookend tackles of Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin – both former first-round picks – performed slightly better than the interior trio, the Tennessee offensive line might be the most balanced unit in the league, where there is the smallest difference between the weakest link and the best performer. Andrew Thomas played 1,075 pass-block snaps in his collegiate career. Next to him is left guard Justin Pugh who has been a top-15 guard when healthy over the past two years. 20 on the list. 1) Top run-blocking grade: C J.C. Tretter, 78.7 (No. Total pressures surrendered: 169 Awards week is still ongoing and so what better time than to announce our 2013 Offensive Line Rankings. Second-year left tackle Ronnie Stanley kicked off a very promising start over the first two months of the season, but was unable to finish the season strong as he surrendered at least two pressures in seven of his last 10 games. The move to play career left tackle Jared Veldheer at right tackle did not pay off either for the Cardinals as Veldheer struggled early in the season at his new position, allowing 27 total pressures in the first five games. The wild card here could be rookie second-round pick Taylor Moton, who was consistently one of our highest-graded linemen between tackle and guard in college. We’ll start with the offensive line, where we are taking a purely grades-based approach. While pass protection was an issue, the unit did a better job in run-blocking as Green Bay backs led the NFL with 2.04 yards before contact on carries. Combinations used: 11. A lot has been made of the additions of Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara in the 2017 NFL Draft, but Ryan Ramczyk has seemingly become the best player on their line and one of the best right tackles in the entire league already after his first season. PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts. In addition, Ali Marpet stood his ground well enough in his first season at center in Tampa that he was the team's second-best offensive lineman even at a new position. The Bucs averaged just 1.21 yards before contact on these runs, the seventh-fewest in the NFL. Pro Football Focus ranked all 127 college football offensive lines on Thursday and featured the Trojans as a Top 25 unit. Total pressures surrendered: 148 Left guard Jonathan Cooper was able to bounce back from a rough game in his first start against the Rams in Week 4 and allowed just six total pressures over his last six games. Right tackle Jermey Parnell has been consistently solid for a couple seasons as well and similarly to Linder, did not allow a single sack all season. These moves had mixed results for the Vikings, however. In addition, this unit could have been even better if not for left tackle Tyron Smith’s injuries, which forced him to miss some time. Total pressures surrendered: 124 Our PFF Player Grades showcase the true effectiveness of an offensive lineman as an individual, so we’ve taken that a step further to give you a look at how the units graded out, on average during the 2017 regular season. In addition, most of their linemen were unable to perform at a consistent level and there were occasional subpar performances combined with great outings. He gave up just seven pressures over the last seven games of the year while he also had his best run-blocking season. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. It says a lot about Arizona’s struggles in the running game that their backs averaged -0.21 yards before contact on outside zone runs even though they ran that concept more than 40 times this season. Total pressures surrendered: 191 Prior to the 2017 season, the Bengals chose not to retain free agents Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. Combinations used: 15. The Raiders also failed to find a reliable alternative for the right tackle position as Marshall Newhouse and Vadal Alexander both allowed a large number of pressures, especially considering that they did not play as many snaps as the other four members of the line. The Falcons finished as our sixth-ranked offensive line a season ago and they’ve replaced by far their biggest issue in right guard Chris Chester. Consistency and talent across the board get the Eagles the top spot. USC's offensive line checked in at No. Best player: Russell Okung I'm not sure if they have updated all of the starting lineups for 2017 yet because I noticed that a few players listed as starters were incorrect. Center Justin Britt also took a step back in 2017 following a promising 2016 campaign. Few teams have larger chasms on their offensive line than the left side of the Giants line. Compared to last year’s offensive line draft class, the 2017 version looks barren. 2017 Offensive Line Rankings Best of the Best: The Top 5. I say to anyone that doubts that the Seahawks offensive line in 2017, needs to hold that thought right up and until the game is over, and they have just had their asses handed to them. The loss of Taylor Decker crushes the Lions ranking here. The offseason free agent spending spree could pay off huge dividends in Cleveland. The injuries had their impact and the Washington offensive line never really got into rhythm over the season. Ereck Flowers has had serious issues in pass protection over the course of his career and led all tackles in pressures allowed as a rookie. Best player: John Jerry Total pressures surrendered: 253 Armstead was legitimately on the way to being a top-five left tackle before injuries derailed his 2016 and now 2017. Is it possible that Chargers won’t be dreadful once again on their offensive line? Total pressures surrendered: 182 The 2017 season saw an offensive line seemingly carry its offense to the ultimate crown while portions of other teams' struggles can be attributed to offensive line struggles. Best player: Ronnie Stanley 5 offensive line last season, and they’ll be right back in the mix at the top with four returning starters.They have the best tackle duo in the league in Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk, who rank sixth and second, respectively, in grade since 2017 among tackles.Armstead’s 89.9 pass-blocking grade over the past three years is second only to David … PFF's Mike Renner breaks down the PFF rankings for all 32 offensive line units as they stand, heading into the 2017 season (Corey Perrine/Getty Images) The 2017 season is still a couple months away, but with rosters set, it’s time to start previewing the league’s best units. Redskins running backs averaged just 1.29 yards before contact, the fifth-fewest in the NFL while the unit allowed 25 sacks on the season, tied for the sixth-most. BY Fansided and Joel W. Cade/FanSided via Dawg Pound Daily • June 30, 2017. share. While Green Bay still has two of the best pass-protecting tackles in the NFL in David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, the interior has taken some lumps over the past two offseason. The acquisition of right tackle Menelik Watson was not so successful and he was replaced after allowing nine sacks through seven games. Unknown quantities – like rookies or new starters – were assigned a slightly below-average number. However, right guard David DeCastro was able to build on a strong 2016 season and put together an elite performance as he was the only member of this unit not to allow a sack all season. Over that final nine-game stretch, he allowed just 12 pressures. If that level of play continues, Ben Roethlisberger will be a happy man. However, Cincinnati’s struggles were not limited only to pass protection. Best player: Ron Leary After finishing with the league’s two lowest-graded guards in 2015, Laremy Tunsil brought some semblance of competency to the position last year. Combinations used: 14. The first-round selection of Ryan Ramczyk looks prescient at this point and his ability will be crucial to the line’s success. Rankings by position, player grades and snap counts for the current season; Grades for each facet of a player’s game (receiving, run blocking, coverage etc.) Every other position along the line was solid a season ago, so the rookie right tackle will likely make or break this line’s ranking. The Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line likely has a lot of work to do to gain respect around the league if their Pro Football Focus ranking is any indication. PFF ranks all 32 offensive lines following Week 3 in the NFL. Best player: Ja'Wuan James According to PFF, however, that wasn’t consistently the case, The outlet ranked Minnesota the 26th best offensive line this year. Best player: Kelvin Beachum Best player: Joe Staley Combinations used: 21. Total pressures surrendered: 110 Combinations used: 16. This looks back at the 2017 season only, this doesn't factor in any moves made towards the 2018 season, and factors in a wide variety of context in addition to those grades: Total pressures surrendered: 154 Combinations used: 9. Furthermore, this unit was once again among the best in the NFL when it came to helping ball carriers as Bills' running backs averaged 1.92 yards before contact in 2017, the fourth-most in the league. Combinations used: 9. On the other side of the line, right tackle Trent Brown’s performance gradually tailed off after a strong start. The interior of the Panthers line is solid, but the tackle position is still a concern. Ali Marpet is a star in the making after finishing as the 13th-highest-graded guard in the league in his sophomore campaign, and his transition to center could pay dividends. Nevertheless, Brown was still among the better pass-protecting tackles in the league, even if he slightly struggled in run-blocking. Total pressures surrendered: 154 PFF EDGE gives you access to the most popular Player Grades features, and much more. Best player: Andrew Norwell So, we’re celebrating those offensive lines with our annual offensive line rankings. Out of all the offensive lines in the NFL, the Eagles currently have the fewest holes. The Saints finished with the No. Tampa Bay’s Demar Dotson has been quietly among the best right tackles in the league for a while now and he was once again off to a terrific start in 2017 before injury forced him to miss the end of the season. Adjusted Line Yards = 3.99 . The Eagles finished the regular season with the eighth-highest pass-blocking efficiency rating (80.9) and were led by right guard Brandon Brooks in pass-blocking as he did not allow a single sack all season. While David Bakhtiari is still arguably one of the best left tackles in the entire NFL, he also had to miss time last season and was surrounded with subpar performances even when he was able to stay on the field. The unit was anchored by Brandon Linder, who has established himself as one of the best centers in the league over the past couple of seasons as he did not allow a single sack all year. The Buffalo Bills' offensive line did some climbing in 2020. facebook twitter reddit link. However, the Browns were far and away the highest in pass blocking grade at 86.5. PFF offensive line rankings: 49ers finish close to where we would expect We might have expected worse, but there were some bad offensive lines … NFL free agent rankings with analysis, projected salaries, PFF grades and PFF WAR. He couldn’t crack the starting lineup as a rookie and last season took his lumps on the right side, yielding nine sacks. Right guard Jermon Bushrod finished as the fourth-lowest-graded tackle in the league last year, while projected left guard Anthony Steen wasn’t much better in 408 snaps last year. The Jets rank this highly solely due to the fact that each player along the line has proven as least competent. 2017 NCAA offensive line stats. Colts' offensive line ranked 17th by PFF. Total pressures surrendered: 133 The next highest were the Green Bay Packers (79.9) and the … However, the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles once again proved this theory accurate. 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