Now that the NFL draft has concluded, it is time to zoom out and take a look at NFL rosters to figure out the players to target in rookie drafts and upcoming fantasy leagues. One of the more important areas to focus on is offensive line play, which is why we're ranking all NFL offensive lines for 2022.
When it comes to assessing offensive lines, talent is important but so is continuity across units. Most play designs or pass protections are contingent on five players knowing not only their assignment but the assignments of the players around them. That typically means that the offensive line units that are the best are the ones with the least turnover.
Below, we rank the 32 NFL offensive lines following the NFL draft. While performance in 2021 was an important factor in these rankings, continuity across the offensive line was ultimately used as a tiebreaker in many situations.
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The Eagles went into the 2021 season with numerous injury concerns amongst their veterans and a gaping hole at left tackle. While injuries did strike (starting right guard Brandon Brooks once again was lost early in the season to a lower-body injury), the Eagles discovered a cornerstone left tackle in Jordan Mailata and a strong left guard in Landon Dickerson, a 2021 rookie who played center at Alabama. The Eagles head into 2022 with an experienced line group that has crucial depth and flexibility. Mailata and Dickerson will once again hold down the left side. Veterans Jason Kelce (center) and Lane Johnson (right tackle) will continue to anchor their positions. The only question is Isaac Seumalo at right guard, but he played well in a limited role last season (just one hurry and one pressure surrendered in 168 snaps). The Eagles also have a former first-round pick, Andre Dillard, for depth at tackle and drafted arguably the second-best center in this year’s rookie class — Cam Jurgens from Nebraska — in the second round to provide interior depth.
The Chiefs entered 2021 with an offensive line featuring five new starters, including rookies at center (Creed Humphrey) and right guard (Trey Smith). Humphrey and Smith each finished as the top-rated rookie at his respective position according to PFF’s grading. Kansas City saw a massive improvement in their offensive line play but still struggled on occasion in pass protection, especially on the right side of the offensive line. The Chiefs will head into 2021 with four starters that played at least 1,100 snaps and a fifth starter (Lucas Niang) that had flashes of solid play throughout the season. Continuity is important, and the Chiefs line could see a big step forward with another season at left tackle for Orlando Brown and a year of experience for Humphrey and Smith on the interior.
The Dallas offensive line bounced back in 2021 thanks to better luck when it came to health — four of the Cowboys’ five offensive linemen played at least 75% of the team’s snaps. Tyron Smith wasn’t one of them, although he did play at an elite level in 11 games. The development of Tyler Biadasz at center and the emergence of Terence Steele at right tackle were crucial for Dallas and allowed them to comfortably move on from Connor Williams and La’el Collins in free agency. The Cowboys targeted 21-year-old college tackle, Tyler Smith, from Tulsa in the first round of the draft and it is likely he plays guard for them for the foreseeable future. Despite his small-school background, Smith is an aggressive run blocker and should fit the Cowboys’ system well.
Injuries at the tackle position highlighted the Browns’ struggles in 2021. Both Jedrick Wills (11 games played) and Jack Conklin (7) were out for significant portions of the year, forcing unproven developmental picks like Blake Hance and James Hudson into a starting role. The Browns gave up 49 sacks in 2021, sixth most of any team in the league. 14 of those sacks came from the tackle positions. Looking to 2022, the Browns let J.C. Tretter go in the offseason, elevating Nick Harris (one start in 2021) to the starting position. Additionally, Jack Conklin is recovering from a patellar tendon tear and could miss the start of the season. If Cleveland can have better injury luck, then they could easily wind up as a top-2 unit in the league. The possibility of a slow start from Conklin and early struggles from a new center makes it difficult to put them higher than this before the season.
The Lions' offensive line delivered on their promise during 2021, featuring four players as top-30 players at their position. It likely would have been five if Frank Ragnow had been able to stay healthy and play more than four games. Detroit’s five projected starters allowed just 11 sacks and averaged a 75.3 combined overall blocking grade according to PFF. Detroit will return their entire starting offensive line from 2021 and hope that Ragnow, arguably one of the best centers in the NFL, stays healthy. A healthy Ragnow surrounded by experience at every other position makes this one of the most formidable units in the NFL. There is a very real outcome the Lions end the season at the top of this list if everything breaks their way.
The Chargers took a “stars and scrubs” approach to their offensive line in 2021. Rookie left tackle Rashawn Slater and free-agent acquisitions Matt Feiler (left guard) and Corey Linsley (center) all finished top-15 at their positions and locked down the left side of the line. Unfortunately, right guard Michael Schofield and right tackle Storm Norton accounted for 13 sacks and 60 pressures on the year. The Chargers addressed one of those problems in the draft, taking Zion Johnson in the first round. Johnson is very technically sound as a pass blocker and will boost the right side. As of now, Norton figures to get another chance at the starting role, but backup tackle Trey Pipkins could steal the job. If Zion Johnson can acclimate to the NFL quickly, the Chargers could find themselves with one of the strongest young offensive line units in the league.
The Patriots' offensive line heads into the 2022 season without two starters from an extremely strong 2021 unit. New England let left guard Ted Karras walk in free agency and traded starting right guard Shaquille Mason to the Buccaneers. Third-year utility lineman Michael Onwenu will get a full-time role at left guard and the Patriots made a shocking pick of rookie guard Cole Strange out of Chattanooga in the first round. Strange is extremely athletic but will have to face a sizable jump in talent from college to the NFL. If Strange can acclimate quickly, then the Patriots will once again have a fantastic unit in front of Mac Jones.
The Commanders took a hodgepodge of talent at the offensive line into the 2021 season and had an extremely strong season. Washington had to navigate some injuries, but still had left tackle Charles Leno, center Chase Roullier and right guard Wes Schweitzer finish as top-12 players at their positions. Sam Cosmi struggled to stay healthy but gave up just four sacks and 11 pressures in 474 snaps played. Washington cut Ereck Flowers this offseason and let Brandon Scherff walk in free agency while signing Andrew Norwell from the Jaguars to man their left guard position. If Wes Schweitzer and Samuel Cosmi continue to develop, Washington should once again have another strong offensive line.
The Buccaneers have been one of the more stable offensive line units over the past two seasons but will be breaking in numerous pieces after Tom Brady’s return from his Favre-ian offseason retirement. Ali Marpet shockingly retired and Alex Cappa left for Cincinnati, leaving two massive voids at the guard spots. Tampa Bay fixed one issue, trading for PFF’s fourth-ranked guard in 2021, Shaquille Mason out of the New England Patriots. The Buccaneers will likely end up with second-round pick Luke Goedeke, a former tackle at Central Michigan, to slot into their right guard spot. Regardless of the right guard spot, an offensive line featuring Donovan Smith, Ryan Jensen, Mason, and Tristan Wirfs will be a locked-in top-10 unit during the 2022 season.
The Bengals rode a porous offensive line and stellar play from Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon to the Super Bowl before losing to the Rams. The Bengals came into the offseason with a purpose and poured their available cap space into upgrading the offensive line, adding Alex Cappa from Tampa Bay, Ted Karras from New England and La'el Collins from Dallas in free agency. That trio played 2,682 snaps during the 2021 season allowing just 10 sacks and 60 pressures. For the sake of comparison, the Bengals' right side of the offensive line combined to play for 3,039 snaps and gave up 14 sacks and 95 pressures. Jonah Williams is a solid left tackle and a combination of Jackson Carman and Hakeem Adeniji (last year’s right guards) will likely slot in at left guard this season. Once the Bengals’ offensive line has time to gel together, they will likely be one of the top units in the NFL.
The Rams are coming off an impressive Super Bowl run led by Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp working behind a veteran offensive line headlined by Andrew Whitworth. The veteran left tackle retired after winning a Super Bowl and the Rams let right guard Austin Corbett walk in free agency, leaving them with some holes to fill upfront. Joseph Noteboom will get the first shot at replacing Whitworth on the left side after spending four seasons as his back-up. Noteboom has struggled as a run blocker during his limited playing time but has given up just three sacks and 42 pressures in 1,262 career snaps. The right guard position will be in flux with Bobby Evans, a third-round pick in 2019, and Logan Bruss, a third-round pick from this year’s draft, fighting to get a starting spot. The Rams still have dependable veterans in David Edwards, Brian Allen and Rob Havenstein, but could take a step back as they break in some new players.
The 49ers have spent the last two seasons imposing their will in the run game with a strong offensive line, and 2022 should be no different. The 49ers suffered a big loss in their starting group this offseason, losing Laken Tomlinson to the Jets. Tomlinson had been extremely dependable during his five years in San Francisco, playing at least 1,000 snaps per season and finishing with a PFF run-blocking grade under 64 just once (2019). San Francisco also lost their tackle depth after Tom Compton played well when Mike McGlinchey went down with an injury last season. The 49ers head into 2022 with three excellent veteran starters (Trent Williams, Alex Mack, Mike McGlinchey), a solid right guard in Daniel Brunskill, and a young question mark at right guard (Colton McKivitz) and very little depth behind them. If the injury bug hits the 49ers' offensive line, then they could have some problems in 2022.
Injuries and COVID-19 quarantines forced the Colts' starting offensive line to miss a combined 19 games in 2021. The lack of consistency turned what we expected to be a top-five offensive line heading into 2021 and turned them into a middle-of-the-road unit. Indianapolis continues the musical chairs at left tackle after letting Eric Fisher walk and also moved on from starting right guard Mark Glowinski after three seasons as a starter. Matt Pryor played well in his five starts last season and will presumably get the first shot at left tackle heading into the year. Danny Pinter will likely get an opportunity to start at right guard. The Colts added left tackle Bernhard Raimann from Central Michigan in the third round of the draft. Raimann allowed just one sack in college after converting from tight end but has some injury concerns that called a minor draft day slip. Raimann could factor in at left tackle or right guard if the presumed starters at those positions struggle.
There was a lot of smoke before the NFL draft that the Jets would add a tackle to ultimately replace Mekhi Becton after questions emerged about his work ethic in the offseason. The Jets had every top tackle on the board with the fourth pick of the draft and opted to draft a corner, so for now, it looks like Becton is safe. If Becton is healthy, then the Jets have a formidable offensive thanks to the acquisition of Laken Tomlinson in free agency. The combination of Tomlinson, Connor McGovern (PFF’s ninth-ranked center in 2021, and Alijah Vera-Tucker (two sacks in 1,027 snaps in his rookie year) form a strong interior trio. George Fant is a solid tackle who can provide league-average play to hold down the offensive line. Ultimately, the Jets' success upfront will hinge on Becton’s ability to bounce back from a tumultuous second season and become the star left tackle he looked to be his rookie season.
Injuries devastated the Ravens in 2021, and the offensive line was no exception. 12 different offensive linemen played in a game for Baltimore last season, leading to an abysmal year with 57 sacks surrendered, the second most in the league. At the very least, those injuries provided Baltimore with a look at which players can serve as depth pieces moving forward. Ronnie Stanley is still recovering from a season-ending ankle injury, but if he’s healthy he remains one of the best tackles in the NFL. Baltimore also opted to let Bradley Bozeman, last year’s center, walk in free agency. The Ravens brought in a capable right tackle in Morgan Moses and used their first-round draft pick on Tyler Linderbuam, arguably one of the best center prospects the NFL has ever seen (no, I’m not concerned about his short arms). Tyre Phillips will likely get the first shot at left guard with Ben Cleveland and Ben Powers waiting in the wings. Patrick Mekari played well during stretches of last year and will serve as the backup tackle with project fourth-round pick Daniel Faalele developing behind the scenes. It’s hard to view Baltimore as more than a middle-of-the-pack offensive line heading into the season, but a healthy start for Stanley and quick acclimation by Linderbaum could have them climbing up this list quickly.
Like Baltimore, injuries messed with New Orleans last year — the Saints were forced to play 11 offensive linemen, which is never sustainable for success. If healthy, the Saints have one of the most talented offensive line units in the league. The loss of Terron Armstead looms large, but given his injury history (he has only played 14 games in a season twice since entering the league in 2013), it isn’t insurmountable. The Saints drafted Trevor Penning in the first round, and he will get the first shot at starting. Penning is an excellent athlete and has the exact mentality you want out of a starting lineman but will likely have growing pains going from the FCS level to the NFL. James Hurst played well across four different positions last season (941 snaps, three sacks, 27 pressures) and could give Penning time to get used to the NFL.
The Broncos' offensive line is a collection of solid but unspectacular players who work well together. Denver’s projected offensive line has five players that PFF graded between 21st and 50th at their respective positions. It doesn’t seem like much, but that is enough to make Denver’s offensive line arguably the best Russell Wilson has played with in his career. A solid year from Garett Bolles combined with continued development from Dalton Risner and Lloyd Cushenberry could turn this into a solid unit. Denver will likely have a camp battle between free-agent acquisitions Billy Turner and Tom Compton to determine right tackle vs depth and 2021’s third-round pick Quinn Meinerz provides strong interior depth after a solid rookie season (623 snaps, three sacks, 15 pressures).
Buffalo’s offensive line is once again comprised of five solid players with very little star power. However, what the Bills lack in top-level talent they make up for in ridiculous depth. Nine of the players currently on Buffalo’s roster started at least four games during the 2021 season. The Bills will be starting at least three new players on the offensive line, but two of them (Ryan Bates and Spencer Brown) were on the team last season. The Bills also added Rodger Saffold and David Quessenberry in free agency from the Titans. Saffold has lost a step as a pass blocker but still is a mauler in the run game. Quessenberry could very well start at right tackle if Brown struggles out of the gate. This once again has the makings of a unit that is just good enough to give Josh Allen the time he needs to make big plays.
The Dolphins are seemingly making a push and attacked one of their biggest weaknesses (offensive line) through free agency. Connor Williams finished as PFF’s 11th-ranked guard in 2021 and Terron Armstead is one of the most talented tackles in the NFL when he’s healthy. Miami’s starting offensive line allowed 21 sacks and 209 pressures last season. By solidifying the left side of the line, Miami has the flexibility to play a combination of Robert Hunt, Liam Eichenberg, and Austin Jackson on the right side while also using Michael Deiter to provide help when necessary as a blocker. A little bit of health and some development of Miami’s day incumbent developmental offensive line picks could go a long way in 2022.
The Packers' offensive line struggled with injuries last season and their depth took a hit thanks to the salary cap heading into 2022. David Bakhtiari made just one start during the regular season while recovering from a late-season ACL injury in 2020. Elgton Jenkins, the Packers' most versatile lineman and also their best last year, then tore his ACL late in the season. The Packers were forced to move on from solid contributors in Lucas Patrick and Billy Turner and have solid-but-not-great players like Jon Runyan, Josh Meyers and Royce Newman penciled in on the interior of their line. The Packers addressed some of their depth issues by drafting UCLA tackle Sean Rhyan, Wake Forest tackle Zach Tom and Penn State tackle Rasheed Walker in Rounds 3, 4 and 7, respectively. All three of those players are projects, and only Tom could really see a role for Green Bay this season. The Packers always seem to pull together a strong offensive line, but questionable talent and depth have them low for me heading into 2022.
The Falcons have spent the last few seasons investing premium picks into their offensive line, but those picks haven’t yielded great results. All five of Atlanta’s starting offensive linemen played at least 16 games last season, but the unit combined to surrender 26 sacks and 187 pressures last year. One positive for the Falcons is the interior combination of center Matt Hennessy and right guard Chris Lindstrom. Both players ranked top-10 at their respective positions according to PFF thanks to run blocking grades above 87. Atlanta has questionable depth outside of backup center Drew Dalman and free-agent acquisition Germain Ifedi, which makes health imperative if this offensive line is going to take the next developmental step.
Pittsburgh was projected to be one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2021, and for the most part the Steelers delivered on that. Injuries forced nine different offensive linemen to get snaps last season and few of them performed well in that time. Pittsburgh chose to bank on the continued development of Dan Moore (seven sacks and 46 pressures in 1,079 snaps) and Chukwuma Okorafor (two sacks and 23 pressures in 1,078 snaps) while revamping their offensive line. Kevin Dotson played well until a season-ending injury in Week 9. Pittsburgh added Mason Cole and James Daniels in free agency to shore up their interior offensive line. Cole had arguably his best season as a pro as a depth player for the Vikings in 2021 and James Daniels was a solid starter in Chicago for three years before a rough 2021 and a coaching change. The Steelers have exceptional depth as well. Backup tackle Joe Haeg, guards John Leglue and Kendrick Green and center J.C. Hassenauer all started at least three games last season.
Few teams attacked the offensive line position this offseason with as much vigor as the Carolina Panthers. Carolina finished 2021 as PFF’s 28th-ranked pass-blocking offensive line, 26th run-blocking. The Panthers rotated between 11 different offensive linemen last season, but only right tackle Taylor Moton had a good season by allowing just one sack and 27 pressures in 1,149 offensive snaps. Carolina added Austin Corbett from the Rams (PFF’s 22nd-ranked guard) and Bradley Bozeman from the Ravens (PFF’s 15th ranked center) in free agency. Instead of trading back out of the sixth pick of the draft, Carolina opted to draft Ikem Ekwonu from NC State with their first pick. Ekwonu had at least an 80.5 overall grade from PFF in all three of his seasons as a starter. These moves have allowed Carolina to develop some depth, with three players who started last year (Brady Christensen, Michael Jordan and Cameron Erving) moving into reserve roles. If Ekwonu hits and Bozeman and Corbett can have strong seasons, then Carolina could have a solid offensive line going forward.
Minnesota has a young offensive line that needs to take a step for them to have a chance to make a playoff run in a weak NFC. Christian Darrisaw, last year’s first-round pick, showed some flashes of the talent that made him an early-round selection. But he also gave up five sacks and 22 pressures in just 652 snaps. Brian O'Neill continued his excellent play at right tackle, but Garrett Bradbury was just an average center and didn’t develop the way many expected. Minnesota will have plenty of options at guard, including last year's starter Ezra Cleveland. The Vikings added Ed Ingram in the second round of the NFL draft, a powerful run blocker with questionable pass blocking ability out of LSU. They also added Chris Reed from Indianapolis, a player who looked good in spot starts last season (zero sacks in 522 snaps). Ultimately, Minnesota must get strong development across the board to break into that middle tier of offensive lines this season.
The Giants finished 2021 as PFF’s 30th-ranked pass blocking and 21st ranked run-blocking offensive line. The good news for the Giants? Andrew Thomas elevated his play and looks to be a solid left tackle going forward. The bad news? Everyone else was various degrees of bad to awful. With a new GM and head coach in town, the Giants have prioritized developing the trenches. The Giants added three interior offensive linemen in free agency in Max Garcia, Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski. Garcia and Felicano are solid yet unspectacular veterans, but Glowinski just finished a four-year stretch in Indianapolis where he never allowed more than three sacks in a season. The Giants also used the seventh pick in the draft to take Evan Neal, a player who was regarded as the top offensive tackle in the draft. Neal is as pro-ready as any player in this class and instantly gives the Giants two strong bookends to protect Daniel Jones.
The Titans continued to utilize a dominant power run scheme and a questionable pass protecting offensive line to capture the AFC South in 2021. Like many teams, injuries caused problems for the Titans' offensive line last season, forcing 11 players to play throughout the season. The Titans allowed their starting left guard (Rodger Saffold) and right tackle (David Quessenberry) to walk in free agency, leaving them with two big holes to replace. Aaron Brewer figures to get the first shot at left guard (503 snaps at guard last season) and Dillon Radunz, last year’s second-round pick will likely get the initial shot at right tackle. The Titans also drafted Ohio State’s Nick Petit-Frere in the third round of the 2022 draft, but he will likely be more of a developmental player. The Titans will have to hope for improved health and the development of several young pieces to continue the excellent line play we have come to expect from them over the past few years.
The Jaguars spent some resources attempting to improve the offensive line in front of Trevor Lawrence, but it is fair to wonder if they did enough. Jacksonville brought Cam Robinson back on the franchise tag before signing him to an extension. Robinson is a league-average talent who is a good, but not great, left tackle. Jacksonville prioritized signing Brandon Scherff in free agency to replace Andrew Norwell. Scherff is one of the more talented guards in the league, but he has struggled to stay healthy in his career, failing to reach 14 games played in a season since 2017. The Jaguars drafted Luke Fortner out of Kentucky in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft, a solid, but limited center. There are a lot of flaws with the Jaguars, especially if their young players stagnate and Scherff once again fails to stay healthy.
The Cardinals made the interesting decision to essentially run back an underwhelming offensive line in 2022. The Cardinals finished 2021 as PFF’s 16th-ranked pass blocking offensive line, 30th run-blocking. As a unit, Arizona did well to prevent sacks (19 among the starters) but gave up 139 pressures. Arizona added Will Hernandez in free agency, but he’s been a below-average guard throughout his career in New York and has been a better run blocker than pass blocker the last two seasons.
On the surface, the Houston Texans' offensive line had an abysmal 2021 season. However, the loss of Laremy Tunsil after just five games helped the Texans figure out that Tytus Howard, the former first-round pick who had been playing left guard, was a much better tackle than guard. Howard played the four of the final five games of the season at left tackle and scored at least an 81 pass-blocking grade and 68 overall grade during that stretch. Houston will head into 2022 with Tunsil back at left tackle and Howard manning the other side. The Texans used the 15th pick of the draft on Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green at left guard. Green allowed just one sack and 12 hurries in the past two seasons while primarily playing left guard. The Texans will need improvement from center Justin Britt and to figure out the right guard position, but they should have two solid tackles and a ready-to-play rookie guard under contract.
As a general rule of thumb, it is a dangerous game to break in two rookie tackles at the same time. When you put them as bookends between three average interior linemen, it could be a recipe for disaster. Gabe Jackson and Damien Lewis are solid but unspectacular guards who struggled in pass protection last year. Seattle added Austin Blythe in free agency, a center who was a solid player for the Rams in 2020 but saw only 12 snaps as a depth piece in Kansas City in 2021. Charles Cross was the ninth pick in this year’s draft and has all the tools to be a successful tackle in this league, but Abraham Lewis is more of an athletic project. Stone Forsythe and Jake Curhan are solid depth pieces, but it’s hard to see Seattle’s offensive line taking a big leap with a bunch of mediocre players.
The Raiders willed their way to the playoffs last season despite mostly underwhelming performances from the offensive line. As a positive, Kolton Miller finally developed into the left tackle the Raiders envisioned when they selected him in the first round in 2018. Miller finished the season as PFF’s fifth-ranked tackle, allowing just four sacks and 34 pressures in 1,139 offensive snaps. Outside of him, only center Andre James had an average season. 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood initially started at right tackle and struggled before moving into right guard and struggling. Leatherwood single-handedly surrendered eight sacks, 40 hurries, and 65 pressures last season. Leatherwood will likely start the season at right tackle but may kick back to right guard if he struggles again. Outside of Kolton Miller at left tackle, the Raiders have four question marks across the offensive line.
Last and maybe least, is the mess of an offensive line that is the Chicago Bears. The Bears were forced to approach this offseason with a long-term view thanks to a new coaching staff and front office inheriting a roster devoid of talent. The Bears lost last year’s starting left tackle Jason Peters (retirement) and let their solid right guard James Daniels go in free agency. Chicago added just one offensive lineman of note, Lucas Patrick, this free agency period. Patrick has played 1,850 snaps the past two seasons in Green Bay and allowed just four sacks and 34 pressures during that time. The Bears will hope the 2021 rookies — second-round pick Teven Jenkins and fifth-rounder Larry Borom — show enough development to play at the tackle positions. The Bears spent four Day 3 picks in this year’s draft on developmental offensive linemen, but none of them should have significant roles this season. The Bears allowed a league-leading 58 sacks, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll have much of a chance to improve on that number heading into 2022.
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