2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

by Cale Clinton
2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

Today, I bring you the official Fantasy Six Pack 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings. The trenches are often forgotten about when we play fantasy. Usually, our eyes are focused on the star quarterbacks or skill players surrounding him. We never pay attention to the five hog mollies bashing helmets with defensive players to make all that pretty offense happen.

The strength of a team's offensive line is important, so it felt necessary to cover them with regards to how they impact fantasy. Can your running back find a hole, or is he met with a wall of opposing jerseys? Does your top receiver's quarterback have enough time to throw, or is he going to be forced into check-downs all afternoon?

These are the important questions we must ask that separate fantasy football league champions from the casual fans who just want some way to make Sundays a little spicy. That's what these 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings are for.

All roster lineups are taken from The Undroppables list of offensive line rankings. They have a listed measurement called "Continuity" which I have included in our rankings. It is a number from 0 to 5 indicating how many members of last year's offensive line are still starting. Any mention of negative run percent, yards per carry, sacks allowed, or sack rate come from The Huddle.

As a reference for past performance, I have also included ESPN's Team Pass Block Win Rates and Run Block Win Rates from 2020. This is a percentage of plays where the line either held their pass blocks for at least 2.5 seconds or collectively won their run block responsibilities.

It should be noted that these stats from last year aren't the best prognosticators for future success. It simply gives us some guidance as to how teams fared on run plays and pass plays before any offseason changes. The stat is also certainly a work in progress, but it is the best public resource we currently have to measure offensive line play.

Without further delay, let's dive into our 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings!

2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

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Top 10 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

The Elite

1. Cleveland Browns

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LT: Jedrick Wills Jr.

LG: Joel Bitonio

C: J.C. Tretter

RG: Wyatt Teller

RT: Jack Conklin

Continuity from 2020: 5

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 71% (13)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 71% (2)

Cleveland boasts the best offensive line because they've made the decision to go all-in on the position. Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Wyatt Teller, and Jack Conklin are some of the best offensive linemen at their respective positions. Jedrick Wills was the lone weak link on this starting five, but offensive linemen are one of the few positions in football who consistently see year-to-year improvement at a young age.

Fantasy Impact

Baker Mayfield is a great buy-low option for those looking for quarterbacks. Cleveland's offensive line allowed just 26 sacks last year, good for 8th in the league. Mayfield will have ample time to throw, and the success of Cleveland's run game will open up opportunities in the Browns' passing game via play-action.

2. New Orleans Saints

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LT: Terron Armstead

LG: Andrus Peat

C: Erik McCoy

RG: Cesar Ruiz

RT: Ryan Ramczyk

Continuity from 2020: 5

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 72% (9)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 63% (5)

When you have one of the best tackle tandems in the NFL with Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk, you will probably fall near the top of any O-line rankings. Andrus Peat and Erik McCoy are steadfast and reliable pieces for any offensive line. The difference will come from 2020 first-round pick Caesar Ruiz, who struggled with pass protection as a rookie. However, pass pro was a strength for Ruiz in college, so improvement should be on the horizon.

Fantasy Impact

Reports of New Orleans' demise may have been slightly exaggerated. While Drew Brees is no longer the Saints quarterback, don't take that as a sign to totally sell on the rest of the roster. Michael Thomas should still be posting productive numbers regardless of who is throwing him the ball. Last year, New Orleans allowed hits, hurries, and sacks on just 19% of pass plays, the sixth-best in the NFL. Alvin Kamara will especially thrive in the run game behind this line. The Saints line averaged 2.8 yards before contact, fifth-highest in the league.

Behind this offensive line, the Saints' skill position players will still have the chance to succeed.

3. New England Patriots

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LT: Isaiah Wynn

LG: Michael Onwenu

C: David Andrews

RG: Shaq Mason

RT: Trent Brown

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 72% (10)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 59% (13)

This may be one of the few situations where a team lost their best offensive linemen while still improving. Joe Thuney left New England for a hefty paycheck in Kansas City, but the Patriots' offensive line became more balanced in the process. Thuney is succeeded by Michael Onwenu, who was one of the league's best rookies in 2020. Onwenu played mostly tackle, but his size and stature dictate him to be a better fit at guard.

Onwenu's vacant spot will be filled by former Raider Trent Brown. While Brown has underperformed since leaving New England for Las Vegas, one of the biggest factors in that was lack of motivation. With a return to the team he thrived on, things could potentially return to normal.

Fantasy Impact

Damien Harris should be the main beneficiary of this offensive line's improvements. Last year, New England's line ranked 7th in yards per carry, 6th in yards before contact, and 10th in negative runs allowed. Harris is poised to take on feature back responsibilities on early downs and will feast behind this line.

Now where value comes beyond the running back position is dependent on who starts at quarterback for New England. If Cam Newton starts, draft him as a QB2 flier. He benefits greatly as a runner, plus the improved protection will help his passing game. If Mac Jones starts, specifically look to Nelson Agholor and Jakobi Meyers. Agholor has big-play potential perfectly suited for best-ball leagues, and Jakobi Meyer has the system knowledge and track record of consistent improvement to earn a WR1 role on this roster.

4. Indianapolis Colts

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LT: Eric Fisher

LG: Quenton Nelson

C: Ryan Kelly

RG: Mark Glowinski

RT: Braden Smith

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 72% (8)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 60% (12)

The typical contender for the best offensive line has fallen a couple of rungs down the ladder. The retirement of longtime tackle Anthony Castonzo will leave a big hole to fill on this line. The Colts will attempt to fill that hole with former Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher. Only problem? Fisher is coming off an Achilles surgery and will most likely not be ready to start the season.

Beyond the lone change (at arguably the most important position), the line remains strong. Quenton Nelson is still one of, if not the best offensive linemen in football. Hopefully, this foot injury sustained during training camp doesn't sideline him for too long.

Braden Smith is a fantastic tackle to sit opposite Fisher. Ryan Kelly is a reliable center. Mark Glowinski is likely the line's weakest link, but he is still an above-average guard.

Fantasy Impact

Jonathan Taylor, despite having to share carries with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines, will have a field day behind this offensive line. I think Taylor's biggest value comes early in the season. Carson Wentz will be learning a new passing system, and Eric Fisher will be sidelined. This team will lean heavily on the run to start the year out. Once the team finds its rhythm, Wentz and his receivers will pick up production.


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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LT: Donovan Smith

LG: Ali Marpet

C: Ryan Jensen

RG: Alex Cappa

RT: Tristan Wirfs

Continuity from 2020: 5

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (17)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 57% (17)

The reigning Super Bowl Champions were able to return all twenty-two starters, which means their line is the same as last year's. When it comes to offensive lines, continuity is usually a good thing. The only difference this year is the depth Tampa Bay added during the draft.

Tristan Wirfs was the best rookie lineman of last year, and he should only continue to improve. Ali Marpet is a model of consistency. Donovan Smith is coming off the best season of his career. Alex Cappa and Ryan Jensen are both solid linemen.

Fantasy Impact

Running just isn't in Bruce Arians' vocabulary. Here, the strength of the offensive line most positively benefits the passing game. The more time Tom Brady has to throw to his plethora of weapons, the more points Mike Evans and Chris Godwin score for our fantasy teams.

At this point, protection is especially important for Brady's health. At 44 years old, Brady cannot afford to continue to play full seasons on torn MCLs. The offensive line needs to not only give their quarterback more time to throw, but they need to also physically protect him on top of it. Lucky for Tom, Tampa's offensive line allowed just 22 sacks and a 4% sack rate--good for 2nd-lowest in the league.

6. Kansas City Chiefs

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LT: Orlando Brown

LG: Joe Thuney

C: Creed Humphrey

RG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

RT: Mike Remmers

Continuity from 2020: 1

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 67% (31)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 63% (6)

Did the Kansas City Chiefs overreact to what happened during the Super Bowl?

The team's sole offseason objective was to overhaul the offensive line and, boy, did they ever do it. They released longtime offensive line fixtures in Eric Fisher and Mitchel Schwartz. The Chiefs gave Joe Thuney a sizeable bag to leave New England and coaxed Kyle Long out of retirement. Kansas City then traded a first-round pick to land Orlando Brown.

The line is objectively better than last year. However, there's a reason why we always refer to the offensive line collectively instead of individual players on it. The line is one cohesive unit. You need some level of synchronicity to operate a line perfectly. If you lack that synergy, then you end up missing assignments. This line is extremely talented, but don't be surprised to see struggles early on as they work out the kinks.

Fantasy Impact

While we always think about Kansas City as a high-powered passing offense, the team has always featured a strong lead back to compliment Patrick Mahomes. Without a LeSean McCoy or Kareem Hunt to hold that title, the honus now falls on second-year running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. There was a lot of hype around him heading into his rookie season, but he could be a fringe RB1 behind this offensive line. Behind last year's line, Kansas City ranked 9th in yards before contact, 7th in negative runs allowed, and 10th in negative run percentage.

7. Green Bay Packers

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LT: David Bakhtiari

LG: Elgton Jenkins

C: Josh Myers

RG: Lucas Patrick

RT: Billy Turner

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 74% (1)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 74% (1)

It says a lot about the strength of this Green Bay Packers offensive line to see them ranked this high while losing their incredibly talented starting center. While losing center Corey Linsley and right tackle Rick Wagner, the line remains talented. David Bakhtiari is still the star of this offensive line, Elgton Jenkins is versatile enough to plug any holes, and Lucas Patrick is a fine guard. Billy Turner is a slight drop-off from Wagner, but a respectable fill-in nonetheless. Green Bay also drafted Ohio State center Josh Myers, so we will have to see how he pans out for the Packers.

Fantasy Impact

Aaron Jones will have to earn his new contract with the Packers, because he will be earning his yards from here on out. As this line slowly readjusts to the changes made this offseason, the brunt of those shortcomings will affect the Green Bay running back room. Considering how strong last year's offensive line was in the run game, this may end up making a significant difference in Green Bay's run game.

8. Baltimore Ravens

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LT: Ronnie Stanley

LG: Michael Schofield

C: Bradley Bozeman

RG: Kevin Zeitler

RT: Alejandro Villanueva

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 73% (4)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 62% (8)

Orlando Brown may be gone, but I think the Ravens will manage. The whole reason Brown was moved in the first place was that he wanted to play left tackle. You trade a first-round pick for Orlando Brown when you have Ronnie Stanley holding down the LT slot. Alejandro Villanueva and Kevin Zeitler will make great veteran additions to a team that prides itself on their offensive line year in and year out.

Fantasy Impact

It's really "pick your poison" here. I think Baltimore is going to have an extremely high-powered offense this year. For once, however, it won't just come from the run game. The moves Baltimore made this offseason and the scheme changes they have alluded to all add up to a new vaunted Ravens passing attack. I will continue to ask everyone I know to draft Rashod Bateman, but I think there is buy-low upside to Bateman, Sammy Watkins, and Marquise Brown.


9. San Francisco 49ers

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LT: Trent Williams

LG: Laken Tomlinson

C: Alex Mack

RG: Aaron Banks

RT: Mike McGlinchey

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank):  69% (25)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 54% (22)

The leading tackle tandem on San Francisco's roster may only be second to New Orleans. Trent Williams is Trent freakin' Williams, and Mike McGlinchey helps the 49ers dominate in the run game. The interior of the line, however, has some question marks. San Francisco signed veteran center Alex Mack to a one-year deal. Mack is coming off a down year, and success at the center position is especially dependent on chemistry with the quarterback. The right guard position is most likely to be won by second-round pick Aaron Banks, who was touted for his run blocking ability coming out of Notre Dame.

Fantasy Impact

We already know that San Francisco is going to be run-heavy. That will only become more evident if Trey Lance is quarterback. If you want to take one crazy risk in your draft, make sure you get your hands on Lance. I won't believe that Jimmy Garoppolo is the starting quarterback for the 49ers until I see him take snaps in uniform Week 1. He is an enormous cap holdover and it costs nothing to cut him. There's a non-zero chance Lance beats him for the starting job outright.

When Lance eventually takes over this starting job, he will be aided by this top-tier offensive line. The RPOs that he could run with Raheem Mostert and Deebo Samuel are going to be magical.

10. Los Angeles Rams

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LT: Andrew Whitworth

LG: David Edwards

C: Austin Corbett

RG: Bobby Evans

RT: Rob Havenstein

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (19)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 63% (7)

The line in Los Angeles saw a return to form in 2020 after an outlier of a bad year in 2019. Andrew Whitworth continues to do the damn thing at the spry age of 39. David Edwards, Austin Corbett, and Rob Havestein all return. This trio churned out a pretty pedestrian performance in 2020, but consistency always helps on the offensive line. The performance of this unit really hinges on 2019 third-rounder Bobby Evans, who has underperformed in the 500 or so snaps he's played in his first two years. The Rams are expecting a breakout performance similar to that of Austin Corbett, and if they get it, the line should be in good shape.

Fantasy Impact

Cam Akers would have been my pick here had he not ruptured his Achilles. Instead, let us focus on the importance a clean pocket will have in ensuring the success of this year's team. The transition from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford is certainly an upgrade. However, Stafford needs more help than the public may be aware of. To achieve those arcing long-bombs that helped Calvin Johnson dominate the league, Stafford needed time in the pocket. Imagine what he could do with Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson, and Cooper Kupp if Stafford can stay clean.

Top 11-20 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

11. Dallas Cowboys

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LT: Tyron Smith

LG: Connor Williams

C: Tyler Biadasz

RG: Zack Martin

RT: La'El Collins

Continuity from 2020: 5

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (15)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 51% (26)

Last year was not what we have come to expect from Dallas Cowboys offensive lines. We can chalk up the majority of their stark underperformance to the sheer number of injuries Dallas was forced to deal with. This year, the line looks much better on paper.

Tyron Smith and La'El Collins both return after missing significant time in 2020. Zack Martin is the best guard in the league not named Quenton Nelson. Connor Williams may not be Zack Martin, but he is still one of the better guards in the NFL. Tyler Biadasz dominated as a run blocker in college and hopes to improve after earning some experience last year. The reps afforded to Brandon Knight and Terence Steele now give this Cowboys line necessary depth.

If all this can hold up, this should be a return to form for a typically dominant position group.

Fantasy Impact

There really are too many options to pick from here. Keeping Dak Prescott safe and healthy is imperative if Dallas wants to win their division this year. That protection then statistically benefits the receivers and tight ends on the roster. Obviously, the improved line also helps the running backs get the job done as best they can.

Instead of using this to single out one player's benefit, I'll take this time to hop on a soapbox and tell all of you to draft Tony Pollard over Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard averaged more yards per carry than Elliott, scored 5 total touchdowns compared to Elliott's 8 on less than half the touches, and never fumbled (unlike Elliott's 6 in 2020). It is extremely hard for Dallas to totally rid themselves of Elliott given his bloated contract, but at some point, the Cowboys will be forced to go with the hot hand. This will be more of a two-back system than ever, and I am confident that Pollard can out-shine Elliott.

12. Detroit Lions

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LT: Taylor Decker

LG: Jonah Jackson

C: Frank Ragnow

RG: Halapoulivaati Vaitai

RT: Penei Sewell

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (14)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 55% (20)

The Detroit Lions are building their team from the trenches outward. On the offensive side of the ball, this seems to be a really promising start.

Penei Sewell entered the 2021 NFL Draft as the consensus best offensive lineman prospect. The fact he fell to 7th overall is as big of a blessing for the Lions as it is an indictment on Cincinnati and Miami's team-building process. With a franchise tackle fallen into their laps, the Lions don't need to worry about tackle for the foreseeable future. Taylor Decker is the other bookend to this line, and he has improved every year since entering the league in 2016. 2020 was far and away his best performance, and hopefully, Detroit can continue to build off that. Frank Ragnow is a stalwart starting center with youth on his side.

The question marks sit squarely on the guard position. Second-year lineman Jonah Jackson will be filling the left guard spot after a rough rookie campaign. On the other side, Hal Vaitai is still in the midst of transitioning from right tackle to right guard. Placing him inside will mitigate some of his struggles in pass protection, but it remains to be seen just how well Vaitai will transition to the position in the long term.

Fantasy Impact

This is D'Andre Swift's time to shine. After showing flashes in his rookie campaign, Swift will certainly be featured more prominently in this year's offense. The added run protection will certainly make his life a whole lot easier, especially considering this group already ranked 5th-lowest in negative runs.

I should also mention that the bolstering of the offensive line frees up T.J. Hockenson for a more offensive impact. The more protection that Jared Goff has, the less Hockenson will need to stay in momentarily on pass protection. He can now freely release into his routes and even be split out wide if the situation calls for it.

13. Buffalo Bills

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LT: Dion Dawkins

LG: Cody Ford

C: Mitch Morse

RG: Jon Feliciano

RT: Daryl Williams

Continuity from 2020: 5

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 69% (29)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 64% (4)

It always helps to return all five starters, especially following a season where coming off a season where your quarterback was sacked just 27 times all year. Considering how mobile Josh Allen is, that's a pretty solid performance.

Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams should hold down the outside pretty easily. The tandem is one of the best tackle pairings in the league. Jon Feliciano and Mitch Morse were positive contributors in pass protection last year. Cody Ford, entering his third season with the Bills, is currently this line's weakest link. However, Buffalo seems optimistic that Ford will make the third-year leap that many young offensive linemen seem to make.

Fantasy Impact

While returning the 2020 offensive line benefits Josh Allen and the passing game, last year's line seriously underperformed when running the ball. Buffalo ranked 30th in yards before contact, 26th in negative runs, and last in negative run percentage. Not only are Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, and Matt Breida splitting carries, but the three will also have their work cut out for them.

14. Arizona Cardinals

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LT: D.J. Humphries

LG: Justin Pugh

C: Rodney Hudson

RG: Justin Murray

RT: Kelvin Beachum

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 72% (6)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 67% (3)

The Arizona Cardinals are all-in on taking the leap from competitive to dominant, and the changes to the offensive line are a big part of achieving that goal. The big splash of the offseason came when Arizona landed center Rodney Hudson from the Las Vegas Raiders. With Justin Pugh and Justin Murray in the fold, the interior of the line seems secure on paper. D.J. Humphries is looking to build on his breakout season, while Kelvin Beachum hopes to maintain his consistent performance.

Fantasy Impact

Now that Kyler Murray has even more weapons to throw to, he'll be happy to know that he'll have all the time in the world to do so. While Murray did take 29 sacks in 2020, the offensive line ranked 8th in sack rate and 5th in percentage of passes that generated a hit, hurry, or sack. I truly think this is going to be Kyler's breakout year.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

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LT: Jordan Mailata

LG: Isaac Seumalo

C: Jason Kelce

RG: Brandon Brooks

RT: Lane Johnson

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 73% (2)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 60% (11)

Despite a slew of changes elsewhere on the roster, Philadelphia's offensive line remains relatively the same. Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce remain familiar faces, and Isaac Seumalo is back as well. 2019 first-round Brandon Brooks returns after missing all of 2020 with injury. The wild card on this line is Jordan Mailata. Drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 draft, he played rugby and has been learning the game over the last few years. Considering that he measures in at 6'8" 346 lb., there is a whole lot to be intrigued about here.

Fantasy Impact

I need someone to explain the Jalen Hurts fantasy hype to me. He played well last year, but he wasn't great. DeVonta Smith is not enough to makeover this Eagles wide receiver room. On top of all that, the Eagles ranked last in both sacks allowed and sack rate in 2020. Eagles' quarterbacks were sacked 65 times last year and pressured, hurried, or sacked on a third of all pass plays. Jalen Hurts moves a whole lot, so he will be running into even more trouble. Avoid Jalen Hurts at all costs.

16. Washington Football Team

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LT: Charles Leno Jr.

LG: Wes Schweitzer

C: Chase Roullier

RG: Brandon Scherff

RT: Samuel Cosmi

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 73% (3)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 59% (14)

After a better-than-expected turnout in 2020, Washington's offensive line is back to a state of flux. They released the right tackle and replaced him with second-round pick Samuel Cosmi. The Football Team brought in a league-average left tackle in former Chicago Bear Charles Leno to pair alongside the rookie. Additionally, Washington brought back elite pass-blocking guard Brandon Scherff on the franchise tag. This line also has a ton of depth, with the likes of Cornelius Lucas and Ereck Flowers waiting in the wings.

Fantasy Impact

With the amount of new talent brought into the Football Team's wide receiver room this offseason, I would question how high Terry McLaurin's ceiling is this year. Competing with Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, Logan Thomas, and Dyami Brown will be hard enough. The real challenge will come from getting the ball from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Last year, Washington allowed 50 sacks and ranked 26th in sack rate.

17. Tennessee Titans

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LT: Taylor Lewan

LG: Rodger Saffold

C: Ben Jones

RG: Nate Davis

RT: Dillon Radunz

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (20)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 53% (24)

Tennessee should certainly be happy that left tackle Taylor Lewan is returning from an ACL tear. Just 29 years old, Lewan is easily the strongest member of this unit. The other side of the line is another story. Of course, this would have been filled by 2020 first-rounder Isaiah Wilson. He played just three snaps for Tennesse before he was traded to Miami and eventually cut. Second-rounder Dillon Radunz could be the one to fill the gap left by Wilson. Roger Saffold and Nate Davis are your typical dependable guards, and Ben Jones is one of the better centers in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact

Any fans of the new Julio Jones-A.J. Brown pairing should cheer for these stats: Tennessee's offensive line performed extremely well in pass protection last year, allowing just 24 sacks and a 5% sack rate.


18. Seattle Seahawks

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LT: Duane Brown

LG: Damien Lewis

C: Ethan Pocic

RG: Gabe Jackson

RT: Brandon Shell

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (16)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 62% (9)

I understand why Russell Wilson began the 2021 offseason complaining about Seattle's offensive line. The 2020 Seahawks offensive line ranked 28th in sacks allowed, 28th in sack rate, and 29th in pressure percentage. This offense allowed a lot of pressures in 2020. The lone difference between then and now? Gabe Jackson. Four starters return from last year's front five.

Damien Lewis is the guard opposite Jackson, but on what sides of the line they play is still up for debate. Tackles remain a strength for Seattle. Duane Brown is easily Seattle's best lineman, while Brandon Shell is coming off a career season.

Fantasy Impact 

Everything out of Seattle's camp since Brian Schottenheimer and the team parted ways suggests the Seahawks will run the ball more this year. Good thing for them, because Seattle ranked 4th in rushing yards before contact last year. Chris Carson is getting more touches behind a run-dominant line. Watch out.

19. Denver Broncos

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LT: Garett Bolles

LG: Dalton Risner

C: Lloyd Cushenberry III

RG: Graham Glasgow

RT: Bobby Massie

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (22)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 54% (21)

Denver has a very pedestrian offensive line, nothing really to write home about. The line is without Ja'Wuan James after he tore his Achilles in an offseason workout.  He will be replaced by Bobby Massie. Garrett Bolles broke out in 2020 as one of the better tackles in football after being consistently average his first three years. Dalton Risner and Graham Glasgow are both serviceable guards. Lloyd Cushenberry III and third-round pick Quinn Meinerz will duke it out in camp for the starting center job.

Fantasy Impact

Denver's passing game is so intriguing to me. With the amount of talent in the receiving room and lack thereof in the quarterback room, it's tough to pin a fantasy outlook on players like Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. What is certain, however, is that whatever quarterback is throwing them the ball will have to deal with frequent pressure. The Broncos allowed a hit, hurry, or sack on 30% of passes, 7th highest in the NFL.

20. Los Angeles Chargers

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LT: Rashawn Slater

LG: Matt Feiler

C: Corey Linsley

RG: Oday Aboushi

RT: Bryan Bulaga

Continuity from 2020: 1

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 67% (32)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 47% (31)

If any line in the NFL needed an overhaul, it was the Chargers. The team surrounding that line is too good. Changes needed to be made, and boy were they. Los Angeles pried Corey Linsley away from the Green Bay Packers, immediately bringing in one of the league's best centers. Oday Aboushi and Matt Feiler are both instant upgrades over last year's starters. Rashawn Slater, potentially in the conversation for best tackle in the draft, fell into the Chargers' lap in the first round. Bryan Bulaga, the lone holdover from 2020, should be fully recovered from the injuries that nagged him all last season.

I rank Los Angeles so low because I believe some of this offensive line performance is systemic. The Chargers have lacked a strong offensive line for some time. Some of this poor performance should be chalked up to poor coaching. However, with an infusion of talent and a new coaching regime, don't be surprised to see this unit shoot up the rankings in the weeks and months to come.

Fantasy Impact

I am declaring this the year of Austin Ekeler. I truly believe that everything the Los Angeles Chargers have done this offseason directly impacts Ekeler's fantasy value in a positive way. The scheme Joe Lombardi is running will perfectly compliment Ekeler's running ability while emphasizing his strengths in the passing game. Not only that, but the massive offensive line overhaul gives Ekeler that much more freedom to gain yards.

Top 21-32 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

21. Las Vegas Raiders

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LT: Kolton Miller

LG: Richie Incognito

C: Andre James

RG: Denzelle Good

RT: Alex Leatherwood

Continuity from 2020: 2

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 69% (27)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 60% (10)

We pivot from a team that needed a massive overhaul to a group that didn't need to be fixed but was overhauled anyway. Las Vegas surprised many with their pass blocking in 2020, ranking 10th in sacks allowed, 9th in sack rate, and 9th in percent of plays that drew a hit, hurry, or sack. Despite that promise, the Raiders decided to clean house anyway.

Rodney Hudson? Out in Arizona. Trent Brown? Now in New England. Gabe Jackson? Sent to Seattle. The two remaining Raiders are Kolton Miller, who has improved every year since entering the league, and Richie Incognito, who is somehow still in the league. The majority of holes are being filled by a young crop of linemen. Alex Leatherwood, the surprise first-round selection of the 2021 NFL Draft, will be thrust into the starting right tackle role. Undrafted second-year center Andre James now has to fill the shoes of one of the top centers in the league, Rodney Hudson.

Fantasy Impact

This doesn't look like the year for Josh Jacobs. Not only did the Raiders rehaul its offensive line, but it also added Kenyan Drake as a back-up to Jacobs. Hopefully, Drake will not siphon off too many touches, but this offensive line shuffling may be bad news for all backs in black and silver. Las Vegas ranked 20th in both yards per carry and yards before contact last year. If this line has issues with cohesion out the gate and those numbers drop, that spells trouble for a potential first-round fantasy draft pick.

Serviceable But Not Great

22. Minnesota Vikings

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LT: Christian Darrisaw

LG: Wyatt Davis

C: Garrett Bradbury

RG: Ezra Cleveland

RT: Brian O'Neill

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (21)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 56% (18)

This line has been a little up-and-down over the last two years. After posting strong performances in 2019, then declining in 2020, the Minnesota Vikings unit is poised to bounce back.

The reason I rank this group so low is just because of how reliant the Vikings are on youth. Christian Darrisaw and Wyatt Davis are both currently rookies. Ezra Cleveland was drafted in 2020. Garrett Bradbury was drafted in 2019, with Brian O'Neill drafted in 2018. Four of Minnesota's five starters are still on their rookie deals. That could be good, or that could spell trouble.

Fantasy Impact

Dalvin Cook is going to dominate the NFL and your future fantasy opponents. Not only do the additional draft picks bolster this line, but Darrisaw and Davis join a line that was already strong in the run game. In 2020, Minnesota boasted the 5th-most yards per carry and the 2nd-fewest negative rushes. Couple that with the amount of pressure the Vikings allow in the passing game, and Cook is set to...well, cook in 2021.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars

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LT: Cam Robinson

LG: Andrew Norwell

C: Brandon Linder

RG: A.J. Cann

RT: Jawaan Taylor

Continuity from 2020: 5

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 69% (26)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 51% (25)

This unit still isn't great, but it has slowly improved from 2019 to now. Bringing back all five starters should only further ensure that slow progression upward. Jacksonville made the smart decision to franchise tag Cam Robinson, keeping him in town for Trevor Lawrence's first season. Jawaan Taylor is well below the proverbial Mendoza line for offensive tackles. The interior of this line, led by Andrew Norwell and A.J. Cann, showed a lot of promise in 2020. Brandon Linder continues his upward trend as a strong pass blocker.

Fantasy Impact

The sheer number of mid-level skill players on Jacksonville's roster to single one out any single one impacted by this line from a fantasy perspective. Instead, I'll just tell you this: Trevor Lawrence will be a strong play in fantasy football right out the gate. Everything is coming of Trevor. The offensive system is written entirely to compliment him. While there are no big names, Lawrence has weapons to throw to. If he has time in the pocket, he is primed to do some damage.

24. Houston Texans

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LT: Laremy Tunsil

LG: Max Scharping

C: Justin Britt

RG: Marcus Cannon

RT: Tytus Howard

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 73% (5)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 56% (19)

Whoever is playing quarterback for the Houston Texans in 2021 won't have much fun doing it. If adding Laremy Tunsil to this roster proves anything, it teaches us that one great lineman cannot turn a group around on their own. Former Patriot Marcus Cannon is a solid pick-up, but beyond him and Tunsil, there isn't much to report. Cannon may bump out to tackle if Tytus Howard needs to be hidden inside. Max Scharping is sub-par. Justin Britt came out of retirement to take this job.

Fantasy Impact

Call me crazy, but I don't hate picking up David Johnson or Mark Ingram as a flier. While the Texans' offensive line is abysmal in pass protection, they shined in run blocking in 2020. Houston finished 2020 5th in run block win rate, 8th in yards before contact, and led the league in fewest negative rushes.

25. Atlanta Falcons

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LT: Jake Matthews

LG: Jalen Mayfield

C: Matt Hennessy

RG: Chris Lindstrom

RT: Kaleb McGary

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 69% (28)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 57% (16)

The Atlanta Falcons are in no man's land at the offensive line position. While things are trending upward, nothing has really transcended past the benchmark a functional, average line. Jake Matthews is a model of mid-grade consistency at left tackle. 2019 first-rounders Kaleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom have shown signs of improvement. Third-round pick Jalen Mayfield is sliding in at left guard, while 2020 third-round pick Matt Hennessy looks to replace veteran center Alex Mack. Youth leads to a lot of volatility, so who knows how this will shake out by season's end?

Fantasy Impact

Even with the inconsistency at the offensive line, Mike Davis fascinates me. New Falcons head coach Arthur Smith helped turn Derrick Henry from a bulky power back into a 2,000-yard rusher. Last year's rushing numbers were tough: Atlanta ranked 29th in both yards per carry and yards before contact. However, I think the inventive play-calling of Arthur Smith could make Mike Davis an interesting flex play at the right ADP.

26. Chicago Bears

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LT: Teven Jenkins

LG: James Daniels

C: Sam Mustipher

RG: Cody Whitehair

RT: Germain Ifedi

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 71% (12)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 58% (15)

No team wants to lose a long-time starting tackle in the offseason. Chicago lost both of theirs. Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie both moved on from the team, leaving the Bear's offensive line in a state of disarray. Second-round pick Teven Jenkins will be thrown to the wolves via the starting left tackle job. Germain Ifedi, who had experience playing both left and right tackle last year, will line up on the opposite end of Jenkins. James Daniels and Coody Whitehair bring some much-needed stability to the offensive guard spots.

Fantasy Impact

For all the fantasy players excited for a dominant year from David Montgomery, just know he's going to have to earn his yards. Last year, Chicago created just 2.2 yards before contact on rushes, 21st in the league. 14% of Bears rushes went for negative yards, the second-highest rate in the NFL.

Teams That Really Need To Improve

27. Miami Dolphins

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LT: Austin Jackson

LG: Solomon Kindley

C: Matt Skura

RG: Robert Hunt

RT: Liam Eichenberg

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 69% (23)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 51% (26)

Miami was in a prime position to bolster their offensive line with top tackle prospect Penei Sewell. Instead, they elected to draft Jaylen Waddle. I get wanting to maximize Tua Tagovailoa's success by giving him a top receiver he already played with in college, but what Tagovailoa really needs is protection.

The line has taken a bit of a hit after a decent 2020 season. Center Ted Karras and left guard Ereck Flowers both left in free agency, and Miami has not done much to replace them. This offensive line has an extremely wide range of possible outcomes, and it mostly comes down to the influx of youth in this offensive line. Miami is starting three second-year linemen: Austin Jackson, Robert Hunt, and Solomon Kindley. Another rookie, Liam Eichenberg, is also competing for a starting competition. The ceiling of this offense is essentially in the hands of these young linemen.

Fantasy Impact

Myles Gaskin will certainly be impacted, but Tua and his receivers will suffer most if this line underperforms. Dolphins have a very vertical passing attack, and to achieve verticality, you need time. Tagovailoa is already under an immense amount of pressure via the public, but the amount of literal pressure he’ll be under from pass rushers will affect the outcome of Tua’s future with Miami

28. Cincinnati Bengals

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LT: Jonah Williams

LG: Quinton Spain

C: Trey Hopkins

RG: Xavier Su'a-Filo

RT: Riley Reiff

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 71% (11)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 50% (29)

Like Miami, the Cincinnati Bengals were poised to take Penei Sewell in the 2021 Draft and lock protection for Joe Burrow in for the foreseeable future. However, just like Miami, the Bengals instead elected to draft a receiver their quarterback already played with in college.

Cincinnati did put some effort into rebuilding their line this offseason. The Bengals signed Riley Reiff to a one-year deal to play right tackle. They drafted Jackson Carman in the second round, who will compete with Xavier Su'a-Filo for a starting job at right guard. Cincinnati also selected D'Ante Smith and Trey Hill in the late rounds to add depth. Su'a-Filo, Quinton Spain, and Michael Jordan will all battle it out for left guard if Carman wins the job.

This isn't the rebuild that Bengals fans were hoping for, but it certainly is an attempt at one. 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams will be instrumental in keeping this group afloat.

Fantasy Impact

Joe Mixon is the one running back fantasy owners just can't quit. His ADP always sits near the top of the second round, just begging teams to pick him up. You always talk yourself into it, but it never works out. This year especially may be a time to wait on Mixon. With the amount of instability on this offensive line--especially at the interior of the line--

29. Carolina Panthers

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LT: Brady Christensen

LG: Dennis Daley

C: Matt Paradis

RG: Pat Elflein

RT: Taylor Moton

Continuity from 2020: 3

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 72% (7)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 53% (23)

Carolina has refused to address their offensive line in the draft despite it being a consistent need. Those they have drafted in the past have often been developmental players that haven't panned out. Last year’s offensive line was truly disappointing, so it makes sense to make some changes. However, the players they brought in provide no real improvement. The Panthers retained Taylor Moton via the franchise tag. Cameron Erving, replacing Russel Okung, is a bottom-of-the-league run blocker. Third-rounder Brady Christensen should challenge Erving for the starting job very early. Pat Elflein has been extremely disappointing in pass protection thus far in his career, but Carolina decided to sign him anyway.

The moves Carolina has made to rebuild this line have been head-scratching. Let's see how things pan out, but many anticipate that it could get really ugly really fast.

Fantasy Impact

Sam Darnold’s whole issue with New York was his lack of weapons and lack of protection. He now has the weapons, but his offensive line remains a big concern. If the Panthers really want to maximize their chances for success with Darnold, they wouldn't have fielded this offensive line.

It doesn't help matters that Christian McCaffrey is returning after struggling with injuries all last season. McCaffrey is a top-tier talent that creates his own space if he needs to. However, he won't be getting much help in the protection department, putting additional pressure on McCaffrey's playmaking skills.

30. New York Jets

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LT: Mekhi Becton

LG: Alijah Vera-Tucker

C: Connor McGovern

RG: Greg Van Roten

RT: Morgan Moses

Continuity from 2020: 4

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 67% (30)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 50% (29)

The Jets have spent the last few years throwing whatever they can at their offensive line to see what sticks. It is slowly but surely beginning to pan out. Mekhi Becton is already the face of this line after posting a dominant rookie season. On the opposite side of the line is Morgan Moses, an under-the-radar offseason signing that could finally fix the Jets' woes at right tackle. Connor McGovern was a quality run-blocking center, but really under-performed in pass protection. Dan Feeney has been brought in to supplement depth at the position. New York also picked up Alijah Vera-Tucker in this year's draft, a guard who could really take this line to the next level.

There are still a lot of questions this offensive line needs to answer. The Jets have always had issues with unit cohesion. However, this group feels like it is on the right track for the first time in quite a while.

Fantasy Impact

If you watched new Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during his time at BYU, you know that one of the best aspects of his game is his deep ball. His ability to roll out and hit his guys in stride 60 yards downfield is something very few quarterbacks possess. However, the thing he benefitted most from at BYU was a stalwart offensive line. If he gets the protection he needs, Zach Wilson is a Rookie of the Year candidate. If he doesn't, he'll start his career on the same path as Sam Darnold.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers

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LT: Chukwuma Okorafor

LG: Kevin Dotson

C: Kendrick Green

RG: Trai Turner

RT: Zach Banner

Continuity from 2020: 2

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 69% (24)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 51% (28)

Pittsburgh was already in a bad place with their offensive line. The Steelers' offensive line was a source of strength over the years but saw a sharp decline after 2020. Then longtime starting center Maurkice Pouncey retired. From there, the core of the line crumbled around him. Right guard David DeCastro, once a fixture on the offensive line,  was cut from the team. Now, the line is filled with question marks. Left tackle Chukwuma Okorafor is starting for just his second year but is moving from right tackle to left. The other tackle, Zach Banner, has very limited playing experience since his league debut in 2017. The Steelers are also infusing a lot of youth into their line, making 2020 fourth-round pick Kevin Dotson a starter and potentially starting rookie third-round pick Kendrick Green. This is the most uncertainty Pittsburgh has seen in their offensive line in quite some time.

Fantasy Impact

Najee Harris is going to take a minimum of 300 handoffs this season. That much is certain. What Harris does with those handoffs is another story entirely. Without the proper protection, Pittsburgh will practically be sending this lamb out to slaughter.

Ben Roethlisberger also isn't getting any younger. Yes, he is a year removed from Tommy John surgery, but how many times have you seen a picture of Big Ben in a walking boot or covered in bags of ice? The Steelers can field as many talented wide receivers as they want, they will be rendered ineffective if Roethlisberger can't throw.

32. New York Giants

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LT: Andrew Thomas

LG: Will Hernandez

C: Nick Gates

RG: Shane Lemieux

RT: Matt Peart

Continuity from 2020: 5

2020 Run Block Win Rate (Rank): 70% (18)

2020 Pass Block Win Rate (Rank): 46% (32)

The New York Giants have consistently been one of the worst offensive lines over the last two years. They didn't get much better in 2021. Despite being at the bottom of the league, however, there is some hope for improvement for this group. Getting Nate Solder back after he opted out of the 2020 season would immediately add some depth. 2020 rookies Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart showed signs of development over the course of the season, and that should hopefully continue going forward. Nick Gates started at center last year for the first time in his career. Another year under his belt should yield improvement as well. Will Hernandez will hopefully take a step forward. For an offensive line ranked as low as this one, I am surprised by the amount of potential this line shows.

However, my overall optimism around this unit has changed since head coach Joe Judge decided to do his best Herb Brooks impression. The news coming out of Giants camp has been grim. Not only are players underperforming, but Judge is making them feel it by sending players on punishment laps. A fight erupted between offense and defense in the first few days of camp, and Judge spent the next hour forcing his team to run suicides and do push-ups like your high school coach used to make you do. Since August 1, three Giants players have retired, an astonishing number to lose in just one week's time. Two of those players, center Joe Looney and guard Zach Fulton, are veteran linemen that would have provided much-needed depth for this unit.

Fantasy Impact

Daniel Jones has pushed all his chips to the middle of the table. He has consistently under-performed his #2 overall selection despite posting solid efficiency numbers. The Giants have put a considerable amount of capital into helping Jones succeed. Without the protection, Jones will be extremely limited in his chances to redeem himself.

If one player benefits from such a bad line: Kadarius Toney. I anticipate the Giants using him as a gadget guy. The worse the Giants line is, the more chances New York will scheme Toney open for big-yardage plays.

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