Top 10 Offensive Linemen in the NFL Today
I have been seeing a lot of lists lately about who are the best players at positions like running back or quarterback. I thought it was time that the unsung heroes of the NFL get their due.
I have compiled a list of the top 10 offensive linemen in the game going into this season. Now, of course there aren't many stats to back up any of these selections, so what this list is based off is film and, to an extent, player reputation.
Here is my list, please feel free to comment.
10. Ryan Clady, Tackle (DEN)
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Clady would be much higher on this list if it wasn't for a knee injury that slowed him down last year. Before that he was one of the top two or three left tackles in the league.
He will try to regain his Pro Bowl form this season while protecting the blind side of Kyle Orton, or maybe even the strong side of Tim Tebow, depending on how the season plays out.
9. Kris Dielman, Guard (SD)
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Kris Dielman is one of the best left guards in the NFL. He has done an excellent job in recent years blocking for star QB Philip Rivers.
He is a four-time Pro Bowler and looks to continue that run of dominance over the next few seasons.
This line has paved the way for LaDainian Tomlinson's record-breaking season in 2006, and have helped to allow Philip Rivers lead the league in passing yards last season. Dielman has been a key component to the Chargers throughout all of it.
8. Chris Snee, Guard (NYG)
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To put it simply, Chris Snee is the best player on one of the NFL's best offensive lines. He has been a staple of success for the Giants for some time now and looks to continue that.
Look for Snee to have another great year in 2011, as his consistency never seems to fade.
7. Jordan Gross, Tackle (CAR)
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It's hard to get recognized as an offensive lineman when you play on the worst offense in the league. Despite that, Gross is still considered on of the best in the game, and his contract proves it.
He will be under a lot of pressure this year blocking for No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton.
While the jury is out on Newton, it is almost certain that Gross will do his job to the best of his ability—which is pretty damn good.
6. Josh Sitton, Guard (GB)
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Josh Sitton is one of the most underrated players in the entire National Football League.
He is considered one of, if not, the best guard in football and was voted by the NFL alumni as the best offensive lineman in the entire league! Yet most people have not heard of him.
He is also probably the third or fourth best player on the Packers offense. You could even make the case he is second, with Rodgers being first of course.
5. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Tackle (NYJ)
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He has been starting to show recently why he should be in the discussion for best tackle in the league.
He may not be quite there yet, but he is certainly making his presence felt.
4. Jahri Evans, Guard (NO)
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Jahri Evans is considered by many to be the best guard in the NFL. When you block near flawlessly to allow Drew Brees to be good ol' Drew Brees, you get that kind of consideration.
He has been playing at an All-Pro level the past two seasons and could get even better.
Defensive tackles everywhere will continue to hate facing this guy for years to come.
3. Nick Mangold, Center (NYJ)
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Nick Mangold is without question the best center in the game of football today. He is also the best player and leader of the NFL's best offensive line.
Mangold should continue to play at an All-Pro level for many years to come.
2. Jake Long, Tackle (MIA)
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As you can clearly see, I put Jake Long at No. 2. However, by the end of the season, he could very well be No. 1.
He has played three season in the NFL and has made three Pro Bowls. He has been dominant right from the start and continues to improve every year.
Long is flat out one of the best players in the league today, regardless of position.
1. Joe Thomas, Tackle (CLE)
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Four seasons, four Pro Bowls. What Joe Thomas has done thus far in his NFL career is astounding. The former Badger was dominant right from the get and has continued to improve ever since.
Most experts consider him to be the best lineman in the game and I agree. In fact, when it is all said and done, many people have said he'll be in Canton.
The way it's looking now, that seems like a very real possibility.