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Offensive Line Rankings

The quality and depth of a team's o-line is critical to the passing and rushing game.
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2010 Rank Team Overall Grade Run Blocking Pass Blocking
1 New Orleans Saints A A+ A
2 Tennessee Titans A A+ A
3 New York Jets A A+ B+
4 Carolina Panthers A A+ B+
5 New England Patriots A- B A+
6 Atlanta Falcons A- B A
7 Baltimore Ravens B+ A B-
8 Miami Dolphins B+ A B-
9 Dallas Cowboys B+ A- B
10 Minnesota Vikings B+ A- B-
11 Arizona Cardinals B+ B- A
12 Indianapolis Colts B C A+
13 New York Giants B B- B+
14 Denver Broncos B B- B+
15 Cleveland Browns B B- B+
16 Cincinnati Bengals B B- B+
17 San Francisco 49ers B- B- C+
18 Jacksonville Jaguars B- A- C-
19 San Diego Chargers B- C- A-
20 Houston Texans B- C- A-
21 Philadelphia Eagles B- B- C+
22 Green Bay Packers C+ A- D
23 Kansas City Chiefs C+ B C-
24 Chicago Bears C+ D+ B+
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers C+ C- B
26 Pittsburgh Steelers C B- D
27 Buffalo Bills C B D+
28 Detroit Lions C C C
29 Oakland Raiders C C+ D+
30 Seattle Seahawks C C- C
31 St. Louis Rams C C C-
32 Washington Redskins C- C- D+

#1 New Orleans Saints

Key Additions: T Charles Brown (NFL Draft 2nd round)
Key Losses: T Jammal Brown (Washington)

The defending Super Bowl Champions' offensive line was outstanding last season, ranking in the top ten in every statistical category: rushing yards (6th), yards per carry (6th), rushing touchdowns (3rd), and sacks allowed (4th fewest). The key to a successful offense starts up front, and there are few better at their job than Jahri Evans. The Saints' offensive line tops the offensive line rankings, based on their elite level of production and stability, as all five starters are returning in 2010.

#2 Tennessee Titans

Key Additions: None
Key Losses: C Kevin Mawae (UFA)

The Titans' offensive line isn't the most talented, but they seem to work very well as a unit (and their level of production is unmatched). If the injury bug bites Tennessee's offensive line in 2010, they will certainly be in dire straits. However, Phil Dussault of Ultimate FF Strategy points out "guard Jake Scott and tackle Michael Roos have not missed a start in five years, tackle David Stewart has only missed three in four years and center Eugene Amano one in two years. Overall, this line could see a small drop in production early in the year because of the loss of Pro Bowler Kevin Mawae, but they should be just as good as last year in the second half of 2010. They will be in big trouble if one of their starting linemen goes down with an injury."

#3 New York Jets

Key Additions: G Vladimir Ducasse (NFL Draft 2nd round)
Key Losses: G Alan Faneca* (Arizona)

The Jets boasted three Pro Bowlers in 2009, and ranked in the top ten in all three major statistical categories: rushing yards per carry, rushing touchdowns, and sacks allowed last season. New York's tumultuous offseason included the release of Pro Bowler Alan Faneca, however the Jets believe 2nd round selection Vladimir Ducasse can fill the hole left at guard by the aging veteran. Fantasy owners can expect another solid season from one of, if not, the best offensive lines in the NFL.

#4 Carolina Panthers

Key Additions: None
Key Losses: G Keydrick Vincent (UFA)

Carolina became just the fifth team in NFL history to boast a pair of 1,000-yard backs as the club ranked third in the league in rushing yards last season as both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart surpassed 1,000 yards last season. Mackenzy Bernadeau and Duke Robinson will battle for the starting job at right guard in training camp, but other than the change at guard the rest of the starting unit returns in 2010. There are no question marks on this line for fantasy owners, Carolina's offensive line is the 2nd youngest in the league (average age of 24.3 years), and will only get better with experience. The only issue with Carolina is health, as an injury to Jordan Gross, Jeff Otah, or Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil would hurt this line tremendously in 2010.

#5 New England Patriots

Key Additions: TE Alge Crumpler (Tennessee)
Key Losses: G Logan Mankins (Holdout)

Pro Bowl left guard and restricted free agent Logan Mankins is currently locked in a contract dispute with the Patriots, and has requested a trade from New England after turning down a long-term extension offer from the club. With the Patriots best offensive lineman's future in doubt, grading the line becomes almost impossible. Assuming Mankins returns, the Patriots will once again have one of the NFL's premier offensive lines. Experienced and loaded with dependable veterans, the line is one of the oldest in the league, with an average age of 26.5 years old (T-3rd highest). Free agent acquisition Alge Crumpler is an excellent run blocker who is essentially an extra offensive lineman for Bill Belichick. Nick Kaczur also provides solid depth at tackle behind Light and Vollmer. Solid pass protection is the key to this line's success as the Pats gave up only 18 sacks (3rd fewest) in 2009.

#6 Atlanta Falcons

Key Additions: None
Key Losses: None

The entire starting unit returns once again in 2010 after Atlanta resigned restricted free agents Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo. Atlanta's middle of the road rushing totals were down from previous seasons, but they should return to elite levels with RB Michael Turner healthy in 2010. Atlanta has done an excellent job protecting QB Matt Ryan as well, allowing only 27 sacks last season, good for eighth best in the league. Three straight seasons of solid production and continuity between this young offensive line bodes well for Atlanta in 2010.

#7 Baltimore Ravens

Key Additions: None
Key Losses: None

Last season, Baltimore ranked inside the top five in rushing yards (5th), yards per carry (4th), and led the league in rushing touchdowns with 22. Michael Oher was excellent as a rookie, playing so well that veteran Jared Gaither (who is recovering from a foot injury) will shift over to right tackle this season. Bottom line: this line is solid, and capable of opening up holes against any defensive front. The only minor concern deals with the pass protection, which was pedestrian last season giving up 36 sacks.

#8 Miami Dolphins

Key Additions: G Richie Incognito (St. Louis), T John Jerry (NFL Draft 3rd round)
Key Losses: G Justin Smiley (Jacksonville)

The offseason acquisition of Richie Incognito shores up the hole at right guard for Miami, but other than left tackle anchored by Jake Long, the other spots are all up for competition in training camp. Versatile rookie John Jerry and veteran Cory Proctor are expected to push Donald Thomas at Justin Smiley's vacated left guard spot in camp as well. Despite several changes up front, this unit should remain one of the best in the league (especially on the ground as the Dolphins led the league with 22 rushing touchdowns in 2009).

#9 Dallas Cowboys

Key Additions: T Alex Barron (St. Louis)
Key Losses: T Flozell Adams (Pittsburgh), G Cory Procter (Miami)

Alex Barron was a major disappointment in St. Louis, but he will be given an opportunity to battle Doug Free for a starting job at left tackle now that ancient veteran Flozell Adams has been released by the Cowboys. Boasting the league's biggest offensive line, Dallas continues to be an overpowering force running the football. In 2009 Dallas averaged 4.8 yards per carry (2nd best in the NFL). Big play specialist RB Felix Jones is a prime fantasy sleeper behind this offensive line in 2010.

#10 Minnesota Vikings

Key Additions: None
Key Losses: G Artis Hicks (Washington)

Guard Steve Hutchinson might be the best run-blocker in the NFL, and the Vikings have few problems paving the way for RB Adrian Peterson. However, for the second consecutive season this line struggled in pass protection. In 2009, this unit gave up the 15th most sacks in the league with 34. The Vikings' offensive line is the 4th youngest line in the league and is the 3rd least experienced as well. Mammoth tackle Phil Loadholt should take a step forward with another year of starting experience in 2010. If the pass protection doesn't improve, QB Brett Favre could take a beating this season.

*Pro Bowl ^Rookie

 
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