It doesn’t matter how good a quarterback or running back is if he doesn’t have time to make a play.
That’s why offensive linemen are the unsung heroes of the NFL. it can be an unpleasant position that on game day is more commonly recognized by a mistake leading to a sack than by a success leading to a win.
Offensive lines that best minimize those errors and provide ample pass protection and run blocking are arguably the most valuable players on the field behind the quarterback.
these are some of the main offensive lines projected for the 2022 nfl season:
5. green bay packers
lt david bakhtiari, lg jon runyan, c josh myers, rg royce newman, rt elgton jenkins
Injury concerns keep this unit from ranking higher on the list. At full strength, the Packers could claim to be the best offensive line in the league. But a recurring knee injury limited David Bakhtiari to just 27 snaps last season and Elgton Jenkins is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in 2021, leaving the Packers without a return window for their two best linemen.
if bakhtiari and jenkins can’t get back in shape, this spot should belong to a detroit lions team that has invested heavily in its offensive line, which includes three former first-round picks.
4. tampa bay buccaneers
lt donovan smith, lg luke goedeke, c ryan jensen, rg shaq mason, rt tristan wirfs
tom brady was probably a little worried at some point this offseason. The Bucs’ offensive line was left with some major gaps to fill after the sudden retirement of 28-year-old pro bowl guard Ali Marpet and guard Alex Cappa’s free-agent defection to the Cincinnati Bengals. One hole was filled by Brady’s former teammate Shaq Mason, a veteran guard the Bucs acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots for a 2022 fifth-round pick. second round on luke goedeke, a tackle at central michigan who will turn guard.
3. cleveland browns
lt jedrick wills jr., lg joel bitonio, c nick harris, rg wyatt teller, rt jack conklin
the line o of the browns doesn’t get the shine it deserves. Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller were among the best pass protectors in the league last season. yes jedrick wills jr. (13 games played last season) and Jack Conklin (seven games played last season) can stay on the field, this unit could morph into the best in the league.
2. chiefs of kansas city
lt orlando brown jr., lg joe thuney, c creed humphrey, rg trey smith, rt lucas niang/andrew wylie
Kansas City’s revamped lineup proved solid last season with the additions of 2021 second-round pick Creed Humphrey, free-agent signing Joe Thuney and hidden gem sixth-round pick Trey Smith. that gives the Chiefs what is arguably the best interior line in the league heading into the season. Orlando Brown’s 81% run-block win rate was second-highest in the league last season among offensive tackles. The biggest question mark on the line is right tackle, with Lucas Niang struggling mightily at times last season.
1. philadelphia eagles
lt jordan mailata, lg landon dickerson, c jason kelce, rg isaac seumalo, rt lane johnson
jordan mailata went from a rugby player, to a seventh-round pick in the nfl draft who did not play his first two seasons, to one of the best left tackles in the league. His appearance, along with veteran Lane Johnson, who posted a near-league-best 95% pass-block win rate among tackles last season, gives the Eagles a formidable combination in the position. The unit also hurts when the Eagles keep the ball on the ground, with Mailata, Jason Kelce and Landon Dickerson finishing in the top five for their respective positions in career block win rate. is the most balanced offensive line in the league.