Every NFL Team's Offensive Line Situation Ranked

Every NFL Team's Offensive Line Situation Ranked

Written by: Aaron Ussery

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Heading into training camp, now is a great time to check in on the state of each team's overall roster. Below I rank all 32 teams' current offensive line situations from worst to best. Read below to see who finds themselves with plenty of security and who might be in for some chaotic times up front in 2022.


 

32. Chicago Bears


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Braxton Jones

LG - Cody Whitehair

C - Lucas Patrick

RG - Sam Mustipher

RT - Larry Borom


Key Backups - OT Teven Jenkins, OT Julien Davenport, IOL Ja'Tyre Carter


Jones had a very strong minicamp where he ended the sessions lining up with the number one unit. While that may be an encouraging sign, it's still hard to get too excited about a rookie fifth rounder being your team's starting left tackle. Whitehair is likely to play guard, which is a bit of an odd decision (he's always looked more natural when playing center in my opinion). Patrick is the reason why, having been brought over from Green Bay as a free agent after a relatively successful season as the team's primary starting center in 2021. Mustipher is the other guard for now, replacing the departed (and much better) James Daniels. Borom appears to have kicked over from left tackle, where you figure he and 2021 2nd round pick Teven Jenkins will battle for the starting job.


It's been said a million times at this point, but the Bears really aren't putting QB Justin Fields in position to succeed this year. Yes, building a roster up takes time when you're essentially starting from scratch - but you'd still hope the front office could have assembled a more inspiring group than this.


 

31. Pittsburgh Steelers


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Dan Moore

LG - Kevin Dotson

C - Mason Cole

RG - James Daniels

RT - Chuks Okorafor


Key Backups - OT Joe Haeg, IOL Kendrick Green, IOL JC Hassenauer


Moore took over as the starter last season and had his fair share of struggles, but the team appears to have faith in him. He needs to show improvement in his second year, or the left tackle spot is going to be a significant liability. Dotson is probably the best player here, having flashed high level potential as a rookie before struggling with injury in 2021. Cole looks to be the guy at center for now, but will likely compete with Kendrick Green for the job. Both possess good mobility when climbing to the second level, but also lack functional strength and can often get overwhelmed at the point of attack. Daniels was brought over from the aforementioned Bears after several seasons as an above average starting guard, but has continuously struggled to stay healthy. Okorafor is entering his fifth season and has yet to solidify himself as an above average starter.


The Steelers are in a tough spot. The guard positions should be okay if Dotson and Daniels can both stay healthy, but there's some serious question marks at center and both tackle spots.

 

29. Houston Texans


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Laremy Tunsil

LG - Kenyon Green

C - Justin Britt

RG - AJ Cann

RT - Tytus Howard


Key Backups: OT Charlie Heck, IOL Max Scharping, IOL Jimmy Morrissey


Tunsil was the subject of trade rumors earlier in the offseason, but is back for at least another year. He hasn't been anything close to what the team thought they were getting when they traded for him back in 2019. Green was one of the team's two first round picks, and while he certainly looks the part of a starting guard in the NFL we'll obviously need to see it first before we can get too excited. Britt provides good veteran leadership, but should be thought of as a below average starter at this point in his career. Same goes for Cann, who will turn 31 during the season and is coming off a torn MCL that ended his 2021 campaign after six weeks. Howard's development has been hindered by how much the team has moved him around the line, but he's coming off his best season thus far as a pro and could take a big leap forward in his fourth season.

 

30. Las Vegas Raiders


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Kolton Miller

LG - John Simpson

C - Andre James

RG - Denzelle Good

RT - Alex Leatherwood


Key Backups: OT Brandon Parker, IOL Alex Bars, IOL Dylan Parham


Miller remains the highlight, having developed into one of the better left tackles in the NFL. Everything else, however, is looking a little rough. Simpson started all 17 games for the team last season, and the results were a bit shaky. Same thing goes for James, though he performed quite a bit better than what was expected of him. He's comfortably the second best player along the line, behind Miller. The right side is a mess, with Good and Leatherwood both coming off seasons where they struggled mightily in pass protection.


The Raiders look to have left tackle and center shored up, but the other three spots are still up in the air. Simpson, Good, and Leatherwood were liabilities last season - and all are back for another go around unless someone like Parker or Parham can beat them out for a starting job in training camp.

 

29. Houston Texans


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Laremy Tunsil

LG - Kenyon Green

C - Justin Britt

RG - AJ Cann

RT - Tytus Howard


Key Backups: OT Charlie Heck, IOL Max Scharping, IOL Justin McCray


 

28. Atlanta Falcons


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Jake Matthews

LG - Jalen Mayfield

C - Matt Hennessy

RG - Chris Lindstrom

RT - Kaleb McGary


Key Backups: OT Germain Ifedi, OT Elijah Wilkinson, IOL Drew Dalman


 

27. San Francisco 49ers


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Trent Williams

LG - Aaron Banks

C - Jake Brendel

RG - Daniel Brunskill

RT - Mike McGlinchey


Key Backups: OT Colton McKivitz, IOL Jaylon Moore, IOL Spencer Burford


 

26. Seattle Seahawks


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Charles Cross

LG - Damien Lewis

C - Austin Blythe

RG - Gabe Jackson

RT - Abraham Lucas


Key Backups: OT Jake Curhan, OT Stone Forsythe, IOL Phil Haynes


 

25. Arizona Cardinals


Projected Starting Five:

LT - DJ Humphries

LG - Justin Pugh

C - Rodney Hudson

RG - Will Hernandez

RT - Kelvin Beachum


Key Backups: OT Josh Jones, IOL Justin Murray, IOL Marquis Hayes


 

26. Jacksonville Jaguars


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Cam Robinson

LG - Ben Bartch

C - Luke Fortner

RG - Brandon Scherff

RT - Jawaan Taylor


Key Backups: OT Walker Little, IOL Tyler Shatley, IOL Wes Martin


Robinson was signed to a long term deal this offseason, despite having rarely showcased above average play. Bartch played well enough at guard last season that the team felt comfortable moving on from the bloated contracts of longtime starters Andrew Norwell and AJ Cann. Center will be a battle between Fortner and Shatley, but it's a stretch to assume either will be able to immediately match the quality of play they got from the now-retired Brandon Linder. Scherff was brought in on a massive deal despite his age and recent injury history -- but he remains a very good player when on the field. Taylor has largely been a disappointment since entering the league. There's a chance Walker Little could take the right tackle job from him this year.


Jacksonville's line looks solid on paper, but there's still a lot of questions. Will Robinson play up to his new contract? Can the team solidify the center and right tackle spots? Can Brandon Scherff stay healthy? There's just a ton of swirl, and it makes me reluctant to place the team too much higher than this.

 

23. Denver Broncos


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Garrett Bolles

LG - Dalton Risner

C - Lloyd Cushenberry

RG - Quinn Meinerz

RT - Billy Turner


Key Backups: OT Tom Compton, IOL Graham Glasgow, IOL Netane Muti


 

22. Tennessee Titans


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Taylor Lewan

LG - Aaron Brewer

C - Ben Jones

RG - Nate Davis

RT - Dillon Radunz


Key Backups: OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, IOL Jamarco Jones, IOL Daniel Munyer


 

21. New York Jets


Projected Starting Five:

LT - George Fant

LG - Laken Tomlinson

C - Connor McGovern

RG - Alijah Vera-Tucker

RT - Mekhi Becton


Key Backups: OT Max Mitchell, IOL Dru Samia, IOL Dan Feeney


 

20. Miami Dolphins


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Terron Armstead

LG - Liam Eichenberg

C - Connor Williams

RG - Robert Hunt

RT - Austin Jackson


Key Backups: OT Greg Little, IOL Michael Deiter, IOL Solomon Kindley

 

19. Carolina Panthers


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Ikem Ekwonu

LG -Brady Christensen

C - Bradley Bozeman

RG - Austin Corbett

RT - Taylor Moton


Key Backups: OT Cam Erving, IOL Pat Elflein, IOL Dennis Daley

 

18. New York Giants


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Andrew Thomas

LG - Shane Lemieux

C - Jon Feliciano

RG - Mark Glowinski

RT - Evan Neal


Key Backups: OT Matt Peart, IOL Josh Ezeudu, IOL Max Garcia

 

17. Los Angeles Rams


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Joe Noteboom

LG - David Edwards

C - Brian Allen

RG - Logan Bruss

RT - Rob Havenstein


Key Backups: OT Bobby Evans, IOL Tremayne Anchrum, IOL Coleman Shelton

 

16. Minnesota Vikings


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Christian Darrisaw

LG - Ezra Cleveland

C - Garrett Bradberry

RG - Jesse Davis

RT - Brian O'Neill


Key Backups: OT Oli Udoh, IOL Wyatt Davis, IOL Ed Ingram

 

15. Dallas Cowboys


Projected Starting Five:

LT - Tyron Smith

LG - Tyler Smith

C - Tyler Biadasz