Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Lewan came into the season as one of the top prospects for the NFL draft, and he had done little to dissuade teams from drafting him next April. However, he is a lone man anchoring a very young and inexperienced Michigan offensive line.
That line has made it nearly impossible to run up the middle and continuously puts pressure on Devin Gardner to rush his throws. However, Lewan has kept this line from becoming a full-on dumpster fire and he may train his teammates to be good by the end of the season. If so, Michigan can still achieve the goals of a division and a Big Ten title.
Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
Another future professional football player prowls the line in Madison as Ryan Groy has been dominant in September. A large reason for James White and Melvin Gordon having so much success is the offensive line and Groy is the best on this talented offensive front.
Look for more busted plays along the left side of the line and through the boundaries thanks to the solid play provided by this lineman. He may not be quite as naturally talented as Lewan, but his offensive line may make him look better by the end of the year.
Corey Linsley, Ohio State
Just like the 2012 season, Linsley has missed some time with injury and has struggled to stay in the line-up. However, one only has to look at the difference in offensive production and efficiency with Corey under center to understand the importance of his play on the line.
Put simply, the Buckeyes are a much better team running the ball with Linsley in the game. The offense appears to avoid timing penalties with the best center in the conference in place. If he becomes injured again this season, keep an eye on OSU's offense.
Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
The man who anchored the OSU line during Linsley's absence was Norwell, and he has lived up to expectations so far this season. The Buckeyes are blowing opposing defenses off the line of scrimmage, which allows everybody in the offensive backfield to gain five yards per rush on many occasions.
Look for additional development from the experienced OSU offensive line throughout the 2013 season. Once the Michigan and Big Ten Championship games arrive, this could easily be one of the best lines in the country thanks to Norwell and Linsley, assuming both stay healthy.
Brandon Scherff, Iowa
It is actually difficult to pick out a standout player on the Iowa offensive line, but this may be the most improved unit in the entire conference. Thus, the only great player (Scherff) from a season ago makes the list as a leader of this offensive line in Iowa City.
Like all of the others on this list, Scherff is headed for a big payday playing football on Sundays. Not bad for a kid from Dennison, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes have provided new quarterback Jake Rudock with plenty of time to make good reads and pass efficiently, while Mark Weisman is powering through openings in the line. Scherff may not be the only Iowa lineman to make the All-Conference list at end of season if positive results keep up during Big Ten play.