NFC South Offensive Lines: Looking For A Few Good Linemen

Corey KoehlerSenior Analyst IJuly 24, 2008

This could be the weakest division of linemen in the conference. With all four teams ranking in the second half of the conference, three in the lower third, there is much work to be done. But with strong offensive coaching from Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay and Sean Payton in New Orleans there is hope these units can produce.

Carolina Panthers (1st in NFC South, 9th in Conference)
Without Jack Delhomme at quarterback last year, this group struggled. The return of Delhomme and the additions of first-round pick Jeff Otah up front and wide receivers Muhsin Muhammad and D.J. Hackett should help this group buy time for Steve Smith to be the centerpiece of the team once again.

LT Jordan Gross
LG Travelle Wharton
C Ryan Kalil
RG Keydrick Vincent
RT Jeff Otah

New Orleans Saints (2nd in NFC South, 11th in Conference)
This team was dynamic two seasons ago, so the question is can they return to form or was that just a flash in the pan. They certainly have plenty of weapons on offense, but they’re going to have to be a lot meaner up front and control the line of scrimmage for the Saints to have success.

LT Jammal Brown
LG Jamar Nesbit
C Jonathan Goodwin
RG Jahri Evans
RT Jon Stinchcomb

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd in NFC South, 12th in Conference)
This group was battered by injuries and inconsistent play last year. The signing of Jeff Faine last year should help, but if Jon Gruden spent half the time finding offensive linemen as he does finding quarterbacks, the Bucs would be perennial contenders. With time to throw, even an average quarterback can be productive.

LT Luke Petitgout
LG Arron Sears
C Jeff Faine
RG Davin Joseph
RT Jeremy Trueblood

Atlanta Falcons (4th in NFC South, 16th in Conference)
The Falcons have a lot of rebuilding to do, and their offensive line is in as much need of help as any other part of the team. Don’t spend big or draft high on Atlanta skill players, because top pick Matt Ryan is going to be running for his life.

LT Renardo Foster
LG Justin Blalock
C Todd McClure
RG Kynan Forney
RT Todd Weiner

This is the last post in a series in which we went division by division looking at and ranking the most overlooked factor in the success of your fantasy football squad, the offensive line. Here’s a quick recap;

AFC North
AFC South
AFC East
AFC West
NFC North
NFC East
NFC West

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