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Consensus Offensive line ranking
edited June 19
With the recent injury to Brandon Brooks, I was wanting to get a general idea of which team have the best front lines. Either a top 5 or 10 ranking would suffice from you all.
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Oooh, very interesting topic. I need to do a little more research before stating my opinion, but this could be a cool conversation.
Ravens, Saints, Colts, Eagles, Cowboys, Niners, Steelers, Titans, Packers, Vikings.
^very good list
10 Team Dynasty, PPR, 2 Flex, 6 pt TD, IDP
KAMARA, DRAKE, SINGLETARY, Monty, Mostert
NUK, DIGGS, KUPP, Laviska, Miller, Perriman, Lazard, Duvernay
WALLER, Irv Smith Jr
LB) LITTLETON, WARNER, Wilson
DB) PEPPERS, John Johnson, Winfield Jr.
Yeah, was thinking Eagles, Ravens, Cowboys, Saints, etc.
QB—Allen, Big Ben, Fitz, Hodges
RB—EE, Henry, Cohen, Mostert, Evans (R), Coleman, JSamuels, Pollard, Boone
WR—MThomas, Diggs, Chark, Harry, Lamb (R), Hardman, Butler
TE—Doyle, Jonnu, Thomas
QB—Watson, Stafford, Fitz
RB—Conner, David & Duke Johnson, Cohen, Howard, Breida, Burkhead, JSamuels, Edmonds
WR—Hill, Allen, Golladay, Jeudy (R), Jeffery, Jefferson (R), Amendola, Miller, Butler, Watson
TE—Olsen, Thomas, Kmet, Trautman
pff rankings after last season. not sure they're worth digital footprint they're stored in but here they are.
1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
When fully healthy, the Eagles' offensive line didn’t have a single weak link, and that is invaluable in a league where weak links are quickly exposed. All five starters — Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson — graded among the top-10 players at their respective positions. Seumalo was the only one who graded outside the top-two players at his position. The most impressive performance on the line belongs to Brooks, who had the highest overall grade of any guard in the NFL after tearing his Achilles last postseason. His season was cut short by injury again last week, but his performance as the top player on the league’s top offensive line has been one of the better stories this season.
2. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens exceeded all expectations on their way to the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and the offensive line has been a big part of that success. Ronnie Stanley has had perhaps the best pass-blocking season we’ve ever seen from an offensive tackle since PFF began tracking players in 2006, allowing just six pressures in 443 pass-blocking snaps. It hasn’t just been Stanley, either. Jackson has been pressured at the ninth-lowest rate of any qualifying quarterback despite being the only passer to hold onto the ball for over three seconds on average. Whether letting Jackson work his magic or paving the way for the league’s best rushing offense, the Ravens’ offensive line has gotten the job done in 2019.
3. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Continuity on an offensive line is always a good thing. That’s exactly what the Colts got in 2019 with all five starters playing over 1,000 snaps on the season. A group that was much maligned when Andrew Luck was having frequent dates with the turf has quickly become one of the top groups in the NFL, led by Quenton Nelson. The Notre Dame product was the highest-graded left guard as a rookie last season when you include the postseason, and he’s back on top in Year 2. He’s been especially dominant in the run game — Nelson’s two-year run-blocking grade leads all guards.
4. DALLAS COWBOYS
The Cowboys have been near the top of this conversation for years. This season was another impressive display for the group, finishing fifth in PFF pass-blocking grade and third in run-blocking grade. It's well known what Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick are capable of when fully healthy, but La’el Collins‘ performance this year was the most promising development from the group. His 85.8 overall grade ranked third among right tackles and was easily the highest overall grade of his career. Collins and Martin on the right side of the line helped lead an offense that finished second behind only the Ravens in expected points added per run play.
5. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Prior to this season, we listed the Saints as having the top tackle duo in the NFL between Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk. Not much changed this year that would knock them down the list. Going back to 2017, Armstead and Ramczyk rank second and third, respectively, in pressure rate allowed among 86 tackles with 500 or more pass-blocking snaps. Drew Brees‘ quick release certainly helps in that area, but no team has allowed a lower pressure rate in 2.5 seconds or less than New Orleans (16.5%). The combination of a quick passing game with one of the NFL's best pass-blocking lines has given Brees the lowest pressure rate in the NFL (24.9%).
6. GREEN BAY PACKERS
The perception of the Packers’ offensive line doesn’t always meet reality. Aaron Rodgers consistently holds onto the football with one of the longest average time to throws in the NFL. As PFF Data Scientist Timo Riske explored with offensive line survival rates, that significantly increases the chance for quarterback pressure and sacks. Their 22nd-ranked pressure rate allowed isn’t all that impressive, but their average time to allow a pressure of 2.62 seconds (best in the NFL) is much more so.
7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Ryan Jensen and Ali Marpet anchored the middle of this Buccaneers’ offensive line and provided some of the best pass protection that we saw from any interior offensive line this season. The guard and center positions for the Bucs combined for an 80.4 pass-blocking grade this season, ranking second among all offenses around the league. Dating back to 2015, Marpet has the 12th-highest overall grade among 55 guards with 2,500-plus snaps.
8. TENNESSEE TITANS
Ignoring the right guard position, which was a bit of a mess this season, the Titans have had a well-rounded performance from their offensive line. Ben Jones turned in the highest overall grade of his eight-year career at 77.2 (third among qualifying centers), thanks in large part to an 86.8 pass-blocking grade. Jones was one of four centers with 250 or more pass-blocking snaps and a pressure rate allowed of below 2.0%.
9. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Injuries to the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions quickly turned one of the NFL's better offenses from a season ago into a unit that averaged more yards per play than only the Redskins, Bears and Jets this season. The Steelers’ offensive line simply didn’t play at the same level it did last year when it finished the regular season as the top unit in the NFL for us at PFF. But they were still solid up front, particularly in pass protection, where they put up an 81.6 pass-blocking grade that trailed only the Ravens and Saints this season.
10. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Tom Brady and the Patriots have looked vulnerable toward the tail end of the season, and that’s been especially true when defenses pressure Brady. Joe Thuney has played his role in making sure that doesn’t happen. His pressure rate allowed of 2.5% trails only Marshal Yanda and Richie Incognito among all guards with 250 or more pass-blocking snaps this season. With Isaiah Wynn returning from injury and replacing Marshall Newhouse, this is a line that has improved as the season has progressed.
11. DETROIT LIONS
At this point last season, we were discussing how Frank Ragnow was all over the map after his rookie season at guard. Following his switch to center prior to this season, Ragnow finished 2019 as the sixth-highest graded player at the position in a much-improved sophomore campaign. Ragnow increased both his pass-blocking grade and run-blocking grade nearly 15 points from his rookie season. Taylor Decker and Graham Glasgow also enjoyed top-10 finishes at their respective positions in overall PFF grade.
Great topic! Looking forward to all the responses. So far so good!
Quality information gents! This is very useful for those who are flip flopping with RBs to draft.
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I’m digging the Colts and Cowboys o-lines.
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