Top-10 Offensive Line Rankings by Position | NFL Football – 2024 Fantasy Football

by Dan Fornek · Analytics & Advanced Metrics

Throughout the offseason, PlayerProfiler has been busy breaking down all the different movements among the offensive lines throughout the NFL. We have looked at some of the top free agents, top prospects, and the landing spots during the NFL draft. This week, it is time to dig down and take a look at the top 10 offensive line rankings by position in the NFL.

Understanding offensive line play is an excellent edge that can be had in fantasy drafts. Knowing which teams are strong in the trenches can help fantasy managers find the backfields that are likely to provide fantasy points and the quarterbacks that will be able to operate without a constant stream of pressure in the pocket.

Check out the top 10 offensive line rankings by each position in the article below. The overall top 10 offensive line rankings (individual players) will also be included at the bottom of the article. Make sure to check this article out throughout the summer as it will be updated with training camp news.

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Top 10 Left Tackles

1.  Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers

Trent Williams continues to defy age, rightfully coming in as the top left tackle in the NFL. The soon-to-be 36-year-old surrendered zero sacks and just 18 pressures in 2023, finishing with an 89.9 PFF grade. Since joining the 49ers in 2020, Williams has yet to have a PFF grade below 89.0 and has surrendered just six sacks and 68 pressures on 1,974 pass protection snaps.

2. Jordan Mailata, Philadelphia Eagles

Trent Williams is the gold standard for left tackle play, but the Eagles’ Jordan Mailata is starting to close the gap. The veteran left tackle has three straight seasons with a PFF grade, pass blocking grade, and run blocking grade above 72.0. Runners averaged 5.4 yards per carry behind Mailata in 2023, with 2.69 yards coming before contact. Maialata is well deserving of his place in the offensive line rankings as the second-best left tackle in the NFL and could challenge the top spot with improvement in his pass protection. 

3. Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tristan Wirfs flipped from right tackle to left tackle before the 2023 season and continued his dominating ways.

Wirfs allowed just a 3.51-percent pressure rate in 2023, giving up just 24 pressures on 684 pass-blocking snaps. If he can cut down on the sacks allowed (5) at his new position, he can push for the top left tackle in football.

4. Christian Darrisaw, Minnesota Vikings

Christian Darrisaw continues to get better as he prepares to enter his age-25 season. The third-year left tackle had an 82.4 PFF grade in 2023 and has developed into a well-rounded left tackle. He could stand to become more consistent in pass protection (4.77% pressure rate in 2023), but is a force as a run blocker (4.3 yards per carry on runs in his gaps).

5. Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans

2023 wasn’t the best season for Laremy Tunsil, but that isn’t surprising given how many injuries were happening around him on the offensive line. Despite that, Tunsil has continued an impressive streak of eight straight seasons with a PFF pass-blocking grade of at least 74.5. Tunsil has never been great as a run blocker, but he’s arguably the best pass-protecting left tackle in the NFL today.

6. Tyron Smith, New York Jets

If this was a list of pure talent, then Tyron Smith would certainly be in the first two spots. But availability is the best ability, and Smith hasn’t had that in recent years. Smith showed he was still a force to be reckoned with when he was on the field in 2023, posting an 88.6 PFF pass-blocking grade on 536 pass attempts. Smith is still a game-changing left tackle. He just needs to find ways to stay on the field.

7. Andrew Thomas, New York Giants

An early season injury forced Andrew Thomas to miss seven games at the beginning of the season.

There was a slight drop-off in his play once he returned with flashes of his 2022 form. Thomas just had his third straight season giving up four or fewer sacks with 22 or fewer pressures. He’s on the precipice of being an elite left tackle in the NFL and climbing the offensive line rankings.

8. Rashawn Slater, Los Angeles Chargers

Rashawn Slater bounced back nicely after missing most of 2022 with an injury. The third-year left tackle posted his third consecutive season with a PFF grade above 76.0 and a pass-blocking grade above 72.0. Slater allowed just a 4.9-percent pressure rate on 762 pass-blocking attempts in his third season. If he can become more consistent in the run game, he has the makings of a top 5 left tackle in the NFL.

9. Bernhard Raimann, Indianapolis Colts

Bernhard Raimann was able to translate a solid rookie season in 2022 (73.3 PFF grade) into a stellar 2023 season, earning his place among the top left tackles in the league. Raimann improved in PFF grade (82.7), run blocking grade (74.6), and pass blocking grade (81.3) in his second year.

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He needs to clean up the pressures (61 allowed in two seasons) to take that next step, but he’s in the conversation for most underrated left tackles in the NFL today.

10. Terron Armstead, Miami Dolphins

Terron Armstead’s talent is undeniable. Since 2014, he has had 10 seasons with a PFF grade above 75.0. He has five seasons giving up one or fewer sacks and just three career seasons with more than 20 pressures surrendered. Unfortunately, he has just four seasons with over 800 snaps played. Armstead is a force when on the field, but his inability to stay healthy knocks him down this ranking considerably.

Top 10 Left Guards

1. Tyler Smith, Dallas Cowboys

It didn’t take long for Tyler Smith to climb to the top of the left guard rankings. In 2023, Smith played 942 snaps at left guard, allowing just one sack and 17 pressures on the season.

Tyler Smith Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

He’s started his career with two straight 71.0+ PFF grades and is a punishing run blocker with the athleticism to thrive in pass protection. He had 10 games with one or fewer pressure surrendered in 2023.

2. Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs

Joe Thuney has been excellent since joining the Chiefs, often operating as the glue that holds the unit together. In his last three seasons, Thuney is averaging an 87.2 pass-blocking grade while surrendering four sacks and 64 pressures. He took a step back in pass protection last season (33 pressures allowed), but still finished the season with a PFF grade above 74.0 for the sixth straight season.

3. Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns

Joel Bitonio took a step back last season (career-low 68.0 PFF grade), but it is hard to determine if that is his age or the injuries that surrounded him on Cleveland’s offensive line. Bitonio also finished with a career-high in pressures allowed (32) while also posting a career-low run-blocking grade (61.0). Bitonio will be turning 33 during the upcoming season but still deserves to be a top-three guard given his dependability and high level of play. Placing him here in the offensive line rankings is a bet that he will return to form in 2024.

4. Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Injuries have impacted Quenton Nelson, but he’s still one of the best interior linemen in the NFL today. Nelson has back-to-back seasons with 1,100+ snaps played, a PFF grade above 68.0, and a pass-blocking grade above 74.0. He’s not as dominant as he was in his early career and gives up too many pressures (52 in his last two seasons), but he’s a high-level guard even if he’s lost a step.

5. Landon Dickerson, Philadelphia Eagles

Landon Dickerson is on the cusp of joining the top echelon of guards in the NFL.

2023 was his third straight season with a PFF grade above 67.0 and his second straight year with a pass-blocking grade above 76.0. Dickerson is an effective run blocker, but his calling card is protection. Still, he needs to clean up the pressures (83 on 1,723 career pass protection snaps) to climb up into the top three left guards in the NFL.

6. Isaac Seumalo, Pittsburgh Steelers

Isaac Seumalo proved that his year as a full-time starter with the Eagles in 2022 wasn’t a fluke, fortifying the Steelers’ interior offensive line during his first season with the team. Seumalo has posted back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 snaps played, allowing just one sack and 46 pressures on 1,293 pass protection snaps. The veteran is also a solid run blocker as evidenced by Pittsburgh’s 4.5 yards per carry on run plays in his gaps in 2023.

7. Elgton Jenkins, Green Bay Packers

Elgton Jenkins began his career as a movement piece on Green Bay’s offensive line before finding a full-time home at left guard in 2023. Jenkins responded with the best pass-blocking grade of his career (81.3) despite allowing the most pressures of his career (23). Jenkins isn’t the best run blocker, but he should continue to improve as long as he has positional consistency in 2024.

8. Teven Jenkins, Chicago Bears

Teven Jenkins would certainly be higher on this list if he could find a way to stay on the field. The third-year guard posted consecutive seasons with a PFF grade above 72.0 and has never allowed more than 17 pressures in a season.

Teven Jenkins Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

He also has two straight years with a run-blocking grade above 71.0. 2023 was the first time in his career he played more than 600 snaps, but he still missed the first four games of the year. Chicago will hope that he can finally stay healthy to help fortify their interior offensive line. If he can stay healthy for a full season, he will likely find his way higher in the offensive line rankings.

9. Jonah Jackson, Los Angeles Rams

Jonah Jackson was a reliable starter for the Lions over the last four seasons but has struggled with injuries. Jackson is a great run blocker but has his struggles with athletic pass rushers (11 sacks and 120 pressures on 2,235 career pass protection snaps.) He will fit in perfectly with a powerful Rams run blocking unit.

10. Peter Skoronski, Tennessee Titans

Peter Skoronski had an up-and-down rookie season that was undoubtedly connected to his early season appendectomy. Even with that hiccup, Skoronski finished with a 61.6 PFF grade, which is impressive considering how awful the left tackle play was beside him. Skoronski should be better in 2024 with a healthy offseason and beside a top-10 pick at left tackle (JC Latham).

Top 10 Centers

1. Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs

Creed Humphrey has been the stabilizing force for Kansas City’s interior offensive line since he was drafted in 2021. He took a step back in 2023 with a 78.2 PFF grade after beginning his career with consecutive 90.0+ grades, but that still places him tops among the players on this list.

Creed Humphrey Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Humphrey has never had a run-blocking grade below 77.0 or a pass-blocking grade below 78.0. He’s the gold standard at center in today’s NFL.

2. Frank Ragnow, Detroit Lions

Frank Ragnow has been consistently excellent for the Lions throughout his entire career. The veteran has four straight seasons with a PFF grade above 77.0 and a run-blocking grade above 78.0 (including two seasons above 90.0). He’s never had a pass-blocking grade above 75.0, but it hasn’t mattered much considering he’s allowed just 98 pressures on 3,268 career pass-protection snaps.

3. Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts

Injuries have hampered Colts’ center Ryan Kelly throughout the last three seasons, but in 2023 he showed that when healthy he still has his fastball. Kelly was limited to just 882 snaps last season but posted career-highs in PFF grade (77.2) and run blocking (75.2). He also allowed just one sack and seven pressures on 534 pass protection snaps.

4. Tyler Linderbaum, Baltimore Ravens

Tyler Linderbaum has been as good as advertised since the Ravens took him in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft. He’s played over 2,000 snaps to start his career, posting back-to-back seasons with a PFF grade above 74.0 and a run-blocking grade above 78.0.

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Linderbaum’s pass protection took a leap in his second season, evidenced by his zero sacks and 15 pressures surrendered on 534 protection snaps. Another season of growth should have him in the conversation as one of the top two centers in the NFL and a definite riser in the offensive line rankings.

5. Connor Williams, FA

Connor Williams gets dinged here for suffering a late-season ACL injury that will undoubtedly cause him to miss time in 2024.

However, his last two seasons at center for the Dolphins are worthy of top-five inclusion. The veteran averaged an 82.3 PFF grade, an 87.8 run-blocking grade, and a 70.4 pass-blocking grade during his time with Miami. He’s allowed just four sacks and 21 pressures on 965 pass-pro snaps over the last two years.

6. Drew Dalman, Atlanta Falcons

Drew Dalman has been a stabilizing force for the Falcons’ offensive line during his two years as a starter, but his play took a massive leap forward in 2023. Dalman posted a career-high 82.3 PFF grade and a 90.0 run-blocking grade last year. It is hard to rank him higher on this list given his struggles in pass protection (two sacks and 29 pressures surrendered in 2023), but if he can clean up that area of his game he will certainly push for a spot in the top three.

7. Erik McCoy, New Orleans Saints

Erik McCoy was forced to operate with a poor surrounding cast in the trenches in 2023 and rose to the occasion. McCoy set career-highs in PFF grade (79.4) and run blocking grade (89.4) while playing over 1,100 snaps. He’s never been dominant in protection, but noticeably struggled in that area in 2023, surrendering career-highs in sacks (4) and pressures (26).

8. Lloyd Cushenberry III, Tennessee Titans

Lloyd Cushenberry III has consistently improved throughout his career and will now work to stabilize the middle of the Titans’ offensive line. The veteran center had his best season in 2023, finishing with his best PFF grade (73.2), run blocking grade (72.4), and pass protection grade (76.4). Cushenberry is just now entering his prime and should continue to grow under the tutelage of legendary offensive line coach Bill Callahan in Tennessee.

9. Ethan Pocic, Cleveland Browns

Since joining the Browns two seasons ago, Ethan Pocic has taken his game to a new level. Not only has Pocic proven he has starting-level talent, but he’s also become an above-average center on one of the best offensive lines in the league. He has two straight seasons with a PFF grade above 71.0, a run-blocking grade above 69.0, and a protection grade above 70.0. He’s also allowed just three sacks and 27 pressures on 1,043 pass protection snaps with Cleveland.

10. Andre James, Las Vegas Raiders

Andre James has been consistently good at center during his last three seasons as the starter with Las Vegas but took his game to another level in 2023. James allowed just four sacks and 19 pressures on 583 pass protection snaps last season. The veteran center also posted a career-best 75.0 run-blocking grade in 2023.

Top 10 Right Guards

1. Chris Lindstrom, Atlanta Falcons

At this point, it is hard to argue against the idea that Chris Lindstrom is the best interior offensive lineman in the NFL.

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He has four straight seasons with 1,000 or more snaps played and a PFF grade above 77.0. Lindstrom just posted his second straight season with an 87.0+ PFF grade, 87.5+ run blocking grade, and 78.5+ pass blocking grade while allowing just five sacks and 24 pressures on 1,132 passing plays.

2. Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

Even with a small decline in play, Zack Martin is in the upper echelon of NFL offensive linemen. Martin finished 2023 with a career-low PFF grade (69.8) and run blocking grade (64.3), which are still very good compared to the rest of the position. He allowed the most sacks (4) and pressures (22) of his career last season, which suggests he’s starting to lose a step. He would still be an upgrade at the position for nearly every team in the league. This is why he at the top of the offensive line rankings at right guard. 

3. Wyatt Teller, Cleveland Browns

Wyatt Teller has regressed to just above average over the last two seasons after posting back-to-back 84.0+ PFF grades in 2020 and 2021. Over the last two seasons, Teller has averaged a 71.6 PFF grade, a 71.9 run-blocking grade, and a 68.2 pass-blocking grade. The veteran remains an excellent run blocker, but his pass protection has declined over the last three seasons (14 sacks and 77 pressures on 1,860 protection snaps).

4. Quinn Meinerz, Denver Broncos

Quinn Meinerz has developed nicely after making the leap from Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. The veteran guard now has consecutive seasons with a PFF grade above 77.0 and a run-blocking grade above 78.0. If he can take his pass blocking from good to great (eight sacks and 54 pressures on 1,456 career pass protection snaps), then he will surely be in the conversation of the top three right guards in the NFL.

5. Robert Hunt, Carolina Panthers

Robert Hunt was well on his way to having one of the best interior offensive line seasons in the NFL in 2023 before injuries limited him to just 547 snaps. Hunt allowed just one sack and five pressures on 329 pass protection snaps last season. He’s also had a PFF run-blocking grade above 74.0 in three of his first four seasons.

He should immediately improve the Panthers’ offensive line and could be on the cusp of becoming a top-three right guard in the NFL if he can prove 2023 wasn’t a fluke.

6. Kevin Zeitler, Detroit Lions

Kevin Zeitler has been continuously excellent since entering the league. He has just one season in his 12-year career with a PFF grade below 69.0. During his three seasons with the Ravens, he never allowed more than two sacks or 20 pressures while playing right guard. He also was on the field for at least 950 snaps per season with Baltimore. Age will catch up to him at some point (it is starting to show in his run blocking), but he should continue to be excellent as the newest member of the Lions’ offensive line. He also deserves this spot in the offensive line rankings.

7. Sam Cosmi, Washington Commanders

Sam Cosmi doesn’t get much recognition playing on the Commanders, but he’s successfully transitioned into a very strong interior offensive lineman after playing tackle in college. Cosmi had his highest PFF grade in 2023 (80.6) thanks to an improvement in his pass blocking.

Sam Cosmi Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

He is one of the better run-blocking guards in the NFL (80.0+ run-blocking grade in two of three seasons) but needs to shore up his issues with pressure (31 in 2023) to climb comfortably into the top-5 in the offensive line rankings at right guard.

8. Trey Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Trey Smith has been a plug-and-play starter for the Chiefs since he was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft. He has three straight seasons with 1,000 or more snaps played and a PFF grade above 71.5. Smith is a punishing run blocker who struggles in pass protection (eight sacks and 115 pressures on 2,232 pass protection snaps). If he can improve as a pass blocker, the sky is the limit for him among interior linemen in the NFL.

9. Brandon Scherff, Jacksonville Jaguars

Brandon Scherff found his footing in his second year with the Jaguars after some initial struggles during the 2022 season (career-low 59.0 PFF grade). Scherff allowed just two sacks (down from six in 2022) and 15 pressures (down from 27) in his second year with the team. The veteran guard is past his prime but can still provide stretches of above-average play.

10. Kevin Dotson, Los Angeles Rams

Nobody could have expected that Kevin Dotson would emerge as one of the best guards in the NFL after being traded from the Steelers to the Rams before training camp. Dotson played in just 14 games but finished with an 85.2 PFF grade, an 88.8 run-blocking grade, and a 68.3 pass-blocking grade. If Dotson can repeat that level of play (and become more consistent in protection), then he will certainly climb the offensive line rankings in quick order.

Top 10 Right Tackles

1. Penei Sewell, Detroit Lions

It didn’t take long for Penei Sewell to elevate to the top of the right tackles list. He’s also inserted himself into the conversation for the best offensive lineman in all of football. Sewell has three straight seasons with 1,000+ snaps played and a PFF grade over 77.0.

Penei Sewell Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

He finished 2023 with a run-blocking grade of 93.1. Sewell also allowed just one sack and 20 pressures on 674 pass-blocking snaps. The Lions’ right tackle won’t even turn 24 until the 2024 season and will continue to improve as he enters his prime. Sewell absolutely deserves to be at the top of the offensive line rankings at the right tackle position.

2. Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

Lane Johnson might be losing a step, however, even with a lost step he’s still the second-best right tackle in the NFL. Johnson posted his third straight season with a PFF grade above 80.0 in 2023. However, he gave up more sacks last season (3) than his previous four years combined (2). Johnson’s 33 pressures were also the most he has given up since 2018. He’s still great, but age might be starting to creep up on him.

3. Kaleb McGary, Atlanta Falcons

Kaleb McGary has found his stride in the last two seasons at right tackle for the Falcons. He’s a strong run blocker (three straight seasons of a 72.0+ PFF grade) and has improved as a pass blocker (career-low 4.0 sacks and 17 pressures allowed in 2023). Thanks to his consistency, McGary has turned into one of the best right tackles in the NFL today.

4. Brian O’Neill, Minnesota Vikings

2023 was a down year for Brian O’Neill relative to his lofty standards. He finished with just a 74.5 PFF grade, surrendering 6.0 sacks and 33 pressures. However, he still has five straight seasons with a run-blocking grade above 66.0, a pass pass-blocking grade above 69.0, and an overall grade above 70.0. O’Neill is one of the most consistent and well-rounded right tackles in the NFL. He could jump into the top 3 in the offensive line rankings at right tackle if he makes improvements in his sack and pressure totals.

5. Rob Havenstein, Los Angeles Rams

Many people don’t think of Rob Havenstein as one of the best right tackles in the NFL. However, he has quietly put together a body of work that demands respect. The veteran right tackle has had a PFF grade above 80.0 in three of the last four seasons and is a formidable run blocker. In addition to his strength in the run game, he set career lows in pressures allowed (23) and sacks (2.0) last season.

6. Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts

In terms of talent, Braden Smith belongs higher on this list. However, he hasn’t been able to avoid the injury bug, which knocks him down considerably.

Smith was limited to just 575 plays in 2023, but set career-highs in PFF grade (83.1) and run blocking grade (90.1) when he was on the field. Smith has struggled with sacks and pressures during his career but gave up zero sacks and just 14 pressures on 329 pass protection snaps. 

7. Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers

The one piece of the Panthers’ offensive line that wasn’t abysmal in 2023 was Taylor Moton. The veteran has put together six straight seasons with 1,000+ snaps played, a PFF grade over 69.0, and a pass-blocking grade above 77.0. He has four straight seasons with three or fewer sacks and 27 or fewer pressures surrendered.

8. Zach Tom, Green Bay Packers

Zach Tom surprisingly emerged as one of the high points of the Packers’ offensive line in 2023. Tom allowed 2.0 sacks and 33 pressures in his first full season as a starter after rotating through multiple positions in 2023. The Packers could elect to move Tom elsewhere on the offensive line after drafting Jordan Morgan in the 2024 draft, but he could emerge as a top 5 player at right tackle if Green Bay keeps him in the same spot next season.

9. Morgan Moses, New York Jets

Morgan Moses has been able to maintain a high level of play throughout his 10-year career. Moses returns to the Jets after two seasons of a 77.0 PFF grade with Baltimore. Moses struggles giving up sacks (five sacks surrendered in 8 of 10 seasons), but he’s been able to cut down on the pressures allowed and maintains a strong presence in the run game. He’s certainly a top-10 right tackle when he’s on the field.

10. Mike Onwenu, New England Patriots

Mike Onwenu has spent the first four years of his career shifting between different offensive line positions, but he’s expected to find a home at right tackle in 2024. The veteran has allowed just 9.0 sacks and 62 pressures on 1,963 pass protection snaps in his career. He’s also a force in the run game, averaging an 80.0 PFF run-blocking grade through his first four seasons.

Top 10 Overall OL

  1. Trent Williams
  2. Penei Sewell
  3. Jordan Mailata
  4. Chris Lindstrom
  5. Tyler Smith
  6. Frank Ragnow
  7. Quenton Nelson
  8. Tristan Wirfs
  9. Lane Johnson
  10. Creed Humphrey

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