Ranking The Top 105 Offensive Tackles From a Mathematical Perspective

We’ve ranked the top quarterbacks in the NFL, as well as his skill position players, but now, it’s time to focus on the players that protect those franchise players. It’s not as valuable as having a #1 receiver, but being at least average on the offensive line is critical- as we’ve seen with teams like the Browns, poor tackle play can really destroy a team’s season.

To rank these players, here are the three metrics used, courtesy of Pro Football Focus. Obviously, there are fewer statistics available to help us evaluate offensive line production than other positions:

  • Pro Football Focus’ pass-blocking grade allows them to evaluate offensive tackles, grading them on a scale from -2 to 2 on each passing play.
  • Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grade accomplishes the same objective, but for running plays.
  • Pass Blocking Efficiency gives us the ability to look at how efficient an offensive lineman is based on the pressure they allow on a per snap basis. Sacks are weighted more heavily.

Relying on Pro Football Focus’ grades, which are more stable metrics, as well as emphasizing an offensive tackle’s abilities in pass protection, here is the formula used to give players an overall grade. Furthermore, each of the 105 qualifiers was given a percentile rank in each statistic, with rookies being assigned a projected statistic based on prior evaluation:

(.62xPB)+(.34xRB)+(.04xPBE)

Without further adieu, it’s time to let the numbers dictate who the top 105 offensive tackles in the NFL are!

TIER 1

ronniestanley
Photo Cred: baltimoreravens.com

#1: Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens (Overall Grade: 89.4356)

Dealing with Lamar Jackson and running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins is very difficult, but the success of the Ravens’ rushing attack is ultimately predicated on the performance of their offensive line. Luckily for them, Ronnie Stanley has emerged as the best offensive tackle in the NFL. He’s helped out a little bit by his offensive scheme, yet his 93.3 pass-blocking grade was still absurd. He’s due for a massive extension, and Baltimore is likely going to give him it.

#2: Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints (Overall Grade: 89.0304)

Ever since he was drafted with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 draft, Ryan Ramcyzk has been as productive as a young offensive tackle can be- he’s earned an overall grade above 81 in each of his first three seasons. He’s not as consistent of a pass blocker as anyone else, but he still ranks in the 90th percentile in that regard, and emerged as one the most dominant run blockers last season.

#3: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers (Overall Grade: 88.1772)

At the end of the day, pass protection, rather than run blocking, is what drives an offensive tackle’s value. Even though David Bakhtiari is “only” an 80th percentile run blocker, he’s been the league’s top pass blocker over the past two seasons, and is another player who needs a new contract extension.

#4: Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints (Overall Grade: 87.248)

Between Ramczyk and Terron Armstead, the Saints easily have the best offensive tackle duo in the NFL. Armstead has been susceptible to injuries throughout his career, but he’s an athletic freak, and has mostly been a reliable all-around player. He can be a little inconsistent, yet as far as his overall grade is concerned, he’s been an excellent player since he entered the league in 2013.

#5: Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans (Overall Grade: 86.028)

The offensive tackle market will never look the same again, and it’s all due to Laremy Tunsil. Having all the leverage in the world after being acquired by the Texans for two first-round picks, he became the highest-paid tackle by $4 million per season, signing a three-year, $66 million extension. When Houston acquired him, Tunsil was a good-not-great player. However, he really improved as a pass protector this season (88.2 pass-blocking grade), and the Texans can only hope he continues to protect Deshaun Watson.

#6: Anthony Castonzo, Indianapolis Colts (Overall Grade: 85.5312)

After contemplating retirement this offseason, Anthony Castonzo decided to sign a two-year, $33 million contract to come back to Indianapolis. Considering what Tunsil signed for, the Colts have to super happy to have him back at that price, as the 31-year-old has been on of the most consistent pass blockers in the NFL.

#7: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs (Overall Grade: 85.4536)

The debate for who the best right tackle is in the NFL consists of Ramczyk and Mitchell Schwartz, and although Ramczyk has moved ahead, Schwartz is still a terrific player. He’s played over 1,000 snaps in each season of his eight-year career, and in the past two seasons, he has earned a mean pass-blocking grade of 82.92. Add in his abilities as a run blocker, and the 30-year-old is an extremely well-rounded offensive tackle for the most explosive offense in the NFL.

TIER 2

tyronsmith
Photo Cred: Bleacher Report

#8: Jake Matthews, Atlanta Falcons (Overall Grade: 84.124)

The Falcons offensive line struggled last season with the introduction of two rookies to that unit, yet Jake Matthews continues to be a reliable tackle for them. He’s not a great run blocker, but his prowess protecting Matt Ryan is what makes him such an important part of Atlanta’s offense. He’s one of the more underrated players on this list, at least based on public perception.

#9: Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams (Overall Grade: 83.9076)

Even at 38-years-old, Andrew Whitworth still remains a 95th percentile pass protector. His run blocking was below-average last season, which is a small concern. However, as long as he maintains his pass-blocking ability, the Rams will have to be happy with him, especially since he’s only making $10 million per season.

#10: Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans (Overall Grade: 83.536)

It’s difficult for an offensive tackle to come into the league and immediately dominate, yet in Taylor Lewan’s six-year career, he’s been a well-above-average pass blocker in each of those seasons. He may never give you the high-end production that some players have, but at this position, you’d trade that for his consistency.

#11: Jason Peters, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 82.7388)

Despite being 38-years-old, there’s no reason for a team in need of a tackle, such as the Dolphins or Chargers, not to sign Jason Peters. Although you can’t count on him to stay healthy, he’s been a Hall of Fame-caliber pass protector throughout his career, and just last season, earned an 87.3 pass-blocking grade.

#12: Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys (Overall Grade: 82.6056)

Between 2013 and 2016, Tyron Smith was probably the best tackle in the NFL. His production has declined since then, yet he’s still in the 90th percentile in pass-block grade over the past two seasons, and Dallas has to be thrilled to have him under contract at a very reasonable amount through 2023.

#13: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles (Overall Grade: 82.1024)

In terms of pass protection, Lane Johnson is reliable in that regard, but ranks the lowest of any of the players in the top 20. However, after an absurdly dominant run-blocking season last year, he probably should be considered the best run blocker in the NFL. $18 million per season on his new contract is a little steep for someone who isn’t a fantastic pass protector, but he’s an athletic freak that is a big part of the Eagles’ plans moving forward.

#14: Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers (Overall Grade: 81.966)

Trent Williams sat out all of last season due to a dispute with the Redskins, and finally, he has a new home. Of course, it just happens to be with the 49ers, who not only are the perfect offensive scheme for him, but also need a replacement for the retired Joe Staley. Even if he’s not as elite as he once was, he’s still a terrific pass protector and run blocker, and will do wonders in Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking offensive scheme.

#15: Bryan Bulaga, Los Angeles Chargers (Overall Grade: 80.3052)

Of all my favorite contract signings this offseason, the Chargers bringing in Bryan Bulaga on a three-year contract worth $30 million might be my favorite. It’s true that he has been a little inconsistent over the past three seasons; in 2017, he was an average player, and in 2018 and 2019, he went from being a high-end pass protector to a high-end run blocker. At the end of the day, however, he’s generally been a really productive pass blocker, and perhaps his improved run blocking came from playing in a zone-blocking scheme- he’ll do that in Los Angeles. Considering Ereck Flowers and George Fant also got this same contract from their respective new teams, this was a massive steal for the Chargers.

#16: Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh Steelers (Overall Grade: 79.5536)

Since he served in the military, Alejandro Villanueva didn’t make his debut until he was 26-years-old. In his four seasons as a starter, however, the 31-year-old has been a fantastic pass blocker, as in his worse season, he received a 77.2 pass-blocking grade. He’s only an average run blocker, but that shouldn’t matter considering how well he’s protected whoever is under center for the Steelers.

#17: Duane Brown, Seattle Seahawks (Overall Grade: 79.4336)

Between 2011-2018, Duane Brown averaged a pass-blocking grade over 80, while he’s generally been an ultra-productive run blocker. Now, he regressed slightly last season, and is 34-years-old, so he’s not a lock to continue to be a top-notch offensive tackle. That makes Seattle’s decision to pass on offensive tackle prospects in the draft even more confusing, even though Brown will continue to be a sturdy blindside protector for at least the next season or two.

#18: Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers (Overall Grade: 78.1864)

Teams tend to chase “upside” too much at the offensive tackle position, which causes players like Taylor Moton to fall- the 25-year-old didn’t have an elite athletic profile, yet since being drafted in the second round, has been excellent. In his two seasons as a starter, not only has he played both tackle positions, but has averaged a pass-blocking grade of 80.48. Carolina doesn’t have a lot of players to build around, yet they have at least one tackle spot filled for the future with the Western Michigan product.

#19: Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions (Overall Grade: 76.5908)

He may have peaked in his rookie season, but Taylor Decker is a franchise tackle. His overall grade has been dragged down by being simply average as a run blocker, but in the three seasons he’s been healthy, he’s been an above-average pass protector. At 25-years-old, he’s in line for a new extension soon.

#20: Orlando Brown Jr., Baltimore Ravens (Overall Grade: 76.5708)

As discussed with Moton, teams value athleticism too much for offensive tackles. Orlando Brown had a historically-bad combine, yet he was seen as a first-round talent before the combine, and he’s picked up right where he left off in his two NFL seasons. Interestingly, he’s actually not been great as a run blocker, but he and Ronnie Stanley have solidified themselves as one of the top pass-protecting tackle duos in the NFL.

#21: Dennis Kelly, Tennessee Titans (Overall Grade: 75.0388)

The Titans may have lost Jack Conklin in free agency, but are we sure that they didn’t actually upgrade at right tackle by replacing him with Dennis Kelly. Even though he’s been a swing tackle for them, he’s seen some playing time at both tackle spots, and has fared really well in pass protection. I’m not sure if he’ll be as productive as a full-time starter, however, so we’ll see how he does this season.

TIER 3

diondawkins
Photo Cred: ESPN.com

#22: Matt Feiler, Pittsburgh Steelers (Overall Grade: 74.6184)

The Steelers have done a fantastic job developing offensive linemen, which have allowed them to be so stable in the offensive trenches. Matt Feiler was an undrafted free agent in 2014, yet has been a very reliable player in his two seasons as the team’s right tackle. There are some rumors he may move inside, but hopefully for Ben Roethlisberger’s sake, the 27-year-old Feiler can continue to neutralize edge rushers opposite of Villanueva.

#23: Dion Dawkins, Buffalo Bills (Overall Grade: 73.7792)

If the reports are true, the Bills are focused on signing Dion Dawkins to a contract extension. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more consistent player over the past two seasons than Dawkins, and fortunately, he’s consistently been an above-average offensive tackle. As we’ve discussed, stability is probably the most important trait for a player at this position, so as long as the Bills don’t drastically overpay, I’d be on board with paying him.

#24: Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos (Overall Grade: 73.5516)

Garett Bolles gets criticized a lot, and with all the penalties he commits, some of it is deserved. However, he’s also graded above 70 in both pass-block grade and run-block grade, and that’s taking into account all his penalties. The Broncos don’t appear to be high on him, and may not even have him be the starting tackle. That’d be foolish, and any team that gives him a chance will be rewarded with a top-24 offensive tackle.

#25: Cornelius Lucas, Washington Redskins (Overall Grade: 71.384)

We touched on the danger of buying into small sample sizes with Dennis Kelly, and that applies to Cornelius Lucas, who graded out well as a pass protector in 507 snaps last season. However, it’s probably not an accident he performed well, and since he never got a chance to play before, perhaps he just needed a chance. He’ll have to compete for the starting left tackle job in Washington, and assuming he wins the job, I’m really excited to see if his 2019 performance was legitimate- quality tackles don’t grow on trees, after all.

#26: La’el Collins, Dallas Cowboys (Overall Grade: 70.984)

When the Cowboys extended La’el Collins on a five-year, $50 million deal before the season, it seemed like a lot for an average player. However, it looks like Dallas knew what they were doing, as not only did Collins improve his pass-blocking grade, but he also was fantastic as a run blocker (88.6 run-block grade). Now, the $10 million he’s getting paid per season looks like an absolute bargain.

#27: Isaiah Wynn, New England Patriots (Overall Grade: 70.278)

Although the Patriots are undergoing a lot of turnover and don’t have much talent on the offensive side of the ball, they at least have one young tackle for the future. Isaiah Wynn missed all of his rookie season after tearing his Achilles, and missed eight games this past season. However, he still earned a 76.8 pass-blocking grade, and is definitely talented as a former first-round pick from a well-coached Georgia program.

#28: Demar Dotson, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 69.6716)

Heading into the draft, the Bucs made it seem like they needed an offensive tackle. Yet, this could’ve all been avoided by simply bringing back Demar Dotson. The 34-year-old has continued to be a steady pass protector, and I would’ve trusted him more to protect Tom Brady than a rookie offensive tackle.

#29: Trent Brown, Las Vegas Raiders (Overall Grade: 68.5056)

When Mike Mayock took over as the general manager of the Raiders, his major free-agent move was to sign tackle Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million contract. At the time, it looked like a massive overpay, and now, it still does. However, he improved as a pass protector last season, and has at least solidified himself as one of the better right tackles in the NFL.

#30: Russell Okung, Carolina Panthers (Overall Grade: 68.2528)

The Panthers acquired tackle Russell Okung for guard Trai Turner in a trade that has heavily criticized by fans, but it actually makes sense. Not only is offensive tackle a more important position that interior offensive line, but Okung has been an above-average pass blocker, and will form a very nice tackle duo with Moton for this season.

#31: Kelvin Beachum, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 68.2176)

The Jets completely remade their offensive line, yet they could’ve really helped their tackle situation by bringing back Kelvin Beachum. Regardless of the 30-year-old’s struggles as a run blocker, he’s a 75th percentile pass protector over the past two seasons, which ultimately is what matters. I can’t believe he hasn’t been signed yet.

#32: Jack Conklin, Cleveland Browns (Overall Grade: 67.9252)

Whereas Beachum is still a free agent, Jack Conklin received a contract worth $14 million per season. Now, I was actually a proponent of Cleveland giving the former Titans tackle that type of money. Yet, they need to know what they’re getting in him- he’s a good pass protector, but not a great one. He’s an exceptional run blocker (95th percentile) who fits head coach Kevin Stefanski’s zone-blocking scheme perfectly, but there’s a reason the Titans felt comfortable letting him leave in free agency.

#33: Jedrick Wills Jr., Cleveland Browns (Overall Grade: 67.9)

Luckily for the Browns, they not only added Conklin, but drafted Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th overall pick in the draft. In my opinion, Wills Jr.’s combination of power and athleticism makes him the best rookie offensive tackle. He’ll have to convert from right tackle to left tackle and shouldn’t be expected to be a world-beater in his first season. However, he should do a reasonable-enough job protecting Baker Mayfield, and has all the talent to develop into one of the premier tackles in the NFL.

#34: Andrew Thomas, New York Giants (Overall Grade: 67.6)

General manager Dave Gettleman could’ve gone a lot of different ways with the fourth overall pick in the draft, including drafting defensive playmaker Isaiah Simmons or a “high upside” offensive tackle. Instead, he selected one of the safest players in this draft- Andrew Thomas should come in and help protect Daniel Jones immediately. He has to improve his kick slides and isn’t an athletic freak, yet he projects well as a day-one starter for the Giants.

#35: Ty Nsekhe, Buffalo Bills (Overall Grade: 67.2252)

The ultimate swing tackle, Ty Nsekhe has never played more than 403 snaps in a season, yet continues to provide a lot of value for whatever team he’s on. The 34-year-old is a very well-rounded player, and to be honest, I don’t understand why no team wants to give him a starting spot. He was strangely in a rotation at right tackle with the Bills last season, and based on their offseason moves, will unfortunately probably regulated to a backup role this season.

#36: Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Overall Grade: 67)

The Bucs wanted Tristan Wirfs, or any offensive tackle, to the point that they tried to trade up into the top ten to select him. In the end, however, they got lucky, as they only had to go up one spot to get Tristan Wirfs. After lighting the combine on fire with an incredible performance, Wirfs looked primed to be the first tackle taken, but instead, he ended up being the fourth tackle taken. He’ll need to be a better finisher at the NFL level, yet his pass-protection potential and movement skills are very intriguing.

TIER 4

mikemcglinchey
Photo Cred: ABC7 News

#37: Cordy Glenn, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 65.6984)

Disagreements about his health status destroyed his relationship with the Bengals, but during his two years with Cincinnati, he was still a very reliable pass blocker. Still just 30-years-old, he’s yet another capable veteran tackle on the open market.

#38: Marcus Cannon, New England Patriots (Overall Grade: 65.6896)

Although the Patriots will have a lot of offensive hardships this season, they at least have a solid tackle duo. Marcus Cannon regressed slightly last season, which is a concern since he’s 32-years-old, but he’s earned an overall Pro Football Focus grade over 70 in each of the past four seasons, and provides value as both a pass protector and run blocker.

#39: Donovan Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Overall Grade: 65.1828)

Offensive tackles tend to progress at a very slow rate, which may explain the strange career of Donovan Smith. He got a nice extension from the Bucs despite being a mediocre player for the first four seasons of his career, and rewarded them with a career-best season in pass protection. For Tom Brady’s sake, that production will need to carry over into next season.

#40: Charles Leno Jr., Chicago Bears (Overall Grade: 65.074)

The Bears offensive line was much worse last season, and that includes Charles Leno Jr., whose overall grade was an average 58.6. However, that’s mostly due to a sharp decrease in run blocking, which is a problem, but not when he’s still grading above 70 in pass protection. He’s been criticized by Chicago’s fanbase, but he’s actually a major asset for them considering he’s only making around $21-$22 million over the next two seasons.

#41: Riley Reiff, Minnesota Vikings (Overall Grade: 64.9984)

Offensive tackles tend to get blamed too often for their missteps, even if they’re far in between all of their other productive plays. That’s the case with Riley Reiff, who is seen as a bust after he signed a five-year contract, but has been one of the more consistent tackles in the NFL. His run-blocking is a great fit in Minnesota’s zone-blocking offense, and he hasn’t had one season where he was worse than above-average in terms of pass protection.

#42: Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs (Overall Grade: 63.3776)

Ever since he was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, Eric Fisher has failed to live up to expectations. Then again, you could do a lot worse at left tackle than a player who has had five straight seasons with a pass-blocking grade above 72, while also demonstrating the athleticism to function well in space. He’s clearly on his last legs with the Chiefs, but he still is a productive player, especially in a zone-blocking scheme.

#43: Jonah Williams, Cincinnati Bengals (Overall Grade: 63.3)

After missing all of his rookie season, the Bengals desperately need Jonah Williams to come in and protect Joe Burrow’s blindside this season. He’s a relative unknown, but he was a technically-sound player at Alabama, so his transition to the NFL should be relatively smooth.

#44: Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts (Overall Grade: 62.7232)

It’s rare for a player to convert from being a college guard to a NFL tackle, yet that’s what Braden Smith has been able to do in Indianapolis. He’s been a tremendous asset on the Colts’ offensive line over the first two years in his careers, and really progressed last season, especially as a run blocker (86.4 run-block grade).

#45: Daniel Brunskill, San Fransisco 49ers (Overall Grade: 81.368*)

As a coveted college tight end and undrafted free agent, many are going to question how sustainable Daniel Brunskill’s rookie season was, and I am concerned by the limited sample size (475 snaps). However, he was tremendous in pass protection and showed the flexibility to play both tackle spots, as well as on the interior offensive line- he’s the perfect swing tackle, and I’m pretty sure he has the skills to be a starting tackle.

#46: Brian O’Neill, Minnesota Vikings (Overall Grade: 62.36)

The Vikings offensive line gets blamed a lot, but in my opinion, it’s a very capable unit with multiple top-50 tackles. Brian O’Neill’s exceptional athleticism works exceptionally in Minnesota’s offense, and he’s developed the way a young tackle should. I’m excited to see what he has in store for this upcoming season.

#47: Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers (Overall Grade: 61.252)

Although he’s a superb run blocker, which is important in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense in San Francisco, Mike McGlinchey still is a work-in-progress. He’s fine as a pass protector, but only ranks in the 55th percentile in that regard, which is lower than any of the tackles ranked ahead of him. There’s no reason why he can’t hit his stride in his third season, especially since he dealt with injuries, but we just need to see it.

#48: DJ Humphries, Arizona Cardinals (Overall Grade: 60.4556)

For the first three seasons of his career, DJ Humphries was a very productive run blocker who wasn’t strong enough in pass protection to stick at tackle- a move inside looked like a possibility. However, in Kliff Kingsbury’s spread-out scheme, he was dramatically better as a pass blocker, and even though his run blocking was much worse, he was a far more valuable player. After signing a new contract extension with Arizona, he’s expected to hold down the fort protecting Kyler Murray for the near future.

#49: Bobby Massie, Chicago Bears (Overall Grade: 60.4124)

The fact that Bears fans wanted a new right tackle one year after they extended Bobby Massie tells you all you need to know about their feelings about his performance. Yet, he was far from bad; even though he regressed, he still was fine in pass protection. Nevertheless, Chicago needs him to get back to his 2018 form in order for Nick Foles to lead their offense to some sort of competency.

#50: Nate Solder, New York Giants (Overall Grade: 58.2492)

He definitely hasn’t lived up to his massive contract, but has Nate Solder really been as bad as the New York media seems to believe? In his two seasons with the team, he’s been an above-average pass blocker, and has played with two quarterbacks that hold onto the ball for way too long. He and Thomas are a satisfactory tackle duo for the 2020 season.

#51: Ja’Wuan James, Denver Broncos (Overall Grade: 57.646)

If you’ve noticed a team with this list, it’s that offensive tackles on the open market tend to get overpaid. Ja’Wuan James isn’t worth the four-year contract worth $51 million that he received last offseason, and he didn’t get a chance to prove himself last year- he only played in three games. Between 2016-2018 with the Dolphins, he was a decent pass blocker and an above-average run blocker, which makes him a reasonable player, albeit one that isn’t ultra-reliable.

#52: Morgan Moses, Washignton Redskins (Overall Grade: 57.5608)

With a lack of receiving talent, Dwayne Haskins is going to have a tough time proving himself to be the franchise quarterback of the Redskins, especially if they start a developmental left tackle over Cornelius Lucas. That’ll put pressure on veteran Morgan Moses to at least be an average player, which he’s been- he’s been able to get the job done, and strictly that.

#53: Josh Jones, Arizona Cardinals (Overall Grade: 57.55)

Seen as a first-round talent by many heading into the draft, Josh Jones’ fall to the third round was shocking. The Cardinals aren’t compelling, though, as they not only secured an elite defensive playmaker in Isaiah Simmons, but also filled their greatest long-term need by drafting Jones. With his athletic tools, as well as college production as a pass protector, he should be a fixture on the offensive trenches in Arizona for a long time.

#54: Ty Sambrailo, Tennessee Titans (Overall Grade: 74.776*)

Since Dennis Kelly will likely start at right tackle this season, the Titans needed a new swing tackle. Ty Sambrailo was an 80th percentile pass blocker in an extended role for the Falcons in 2018, so he’s more than capable of filling that role.

#55: Le’Raven Clark, Indianapolis Colts (Overall Grade: 56.666)

Le’Raven Clark is simply a depth tackle, yet he was productive in that role in 2018- he earned a 68.6 pass-block grade in 365 snaps.

#56: Tytus Howard, Houston Texans (Overall Grade: 56.608)

The Texans surprised many when they made Tytus Howard a first-round pick in 2019, but they have to pleased with the early results. Many thought he’d have to play on the interior offensive line, and that’s where Houston initially put him. However, his best play came at right tackle, where he was tremendous in pass protection before missing the final five games due to injury.

TIER 5

dillard
Photo Cred: NBC Sports

#57: Jawaan Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars (Overall Grade: 56.254)

The Jaguars drafted Jawaan Taylor with the hopes he’d be their franchise right tackle, and in his rookie season, the results were mixed. Ultimately, he still was an above-average pass blocker, and undergo normal second-year progression.

#58: Mekhi Becton, New York Jets (Overall Grade: 56.2)

Mekhi Becton is a physical freak, which is why he was the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft. However, he’s very unrefined, especially as a pass blocker, and I’d be scared to entrust him right away with protecting Sam Darnold.

#59: Nick Gates, New York Giants (Overall Grade: 69.106*)

#60: Brandon Shell, Seattle Seahawks (Overall Grade: 52.6532)

#61: Justin Murray, Arizona Cardinals (Overall Grade: 52.462)

#62: Rick Wagner, Green Bay Packers (Overall Grade: 52.1556)

Rather than bring back a tremendous offensive tackle in Bryan Bulaga, the Packers decided to save money by replacing him with veteran tackle Rick Wagner. If Wagner produces like he did in 2018, when he earned a 75.9 pass-block grade, then that decision will pay-off. At the same time, he was a below-average player in 2019, so entrusting him with a starting job is somewhat risky.

#63: Bobby Hart, Cincinnati Bengals (Overall Grade: 50.2748)

#64: Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles (Overall Grade: 50.1)

The Eagles played the 2019 draft really well, drafting their future left tackle in Andre Dillard one year before he was needed. Now, Dillard wasn’t great in a limited role in 2019, and is a worse player than Jason Peters. However, many saw him as the best pass protector in the 2019 draft, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can develop into a franchise tackle.

#65: George Fant, New York Jets (Overall Grade: 49.1664)

The Jets surprised many when they gave George Fant a $30 million deal, albeit with easy-outs after each of the first two seasons. He was a swing tackle/eligible tight end in Seattle, and in that role, he’s a capable player. Yet, if he wasn’t adequate in pass protection in that role, how much worse could it get as a starting tackle?

#66: Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions (Overall Grade: 49.0372)

#67: Cam Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (Overall Grade: 47.676)

Robinson is capable of high-end “highlight-reel” blocks, but his consistency is terrible, making him a below-average offensive tackle. He ranks in the 40th percentile in pass-block grade over the past two seasons, and the Jaguars should be looking for a replacement.

#68: Lucas Niang, Kansas City Chiefs (Overall Grade: 47.6)

As a developmental tackle, Lucas Niang is going to struggle if asked to start right away, but he won’t need to do that in Kansas City. With refinement in pass-blocking technique, I do believe he can be a future starting tackle for the Chiefs.

#69: Jack Driscoll, Philadelphia Eagles (Overall Grade: 47.55)

Driscoll was drafted in the fourth round to be a swing tackle for the Eagles, but with his athleticism, I do believe he’ll be a starting-caliber player- he just needs to add play strength.

#70: Matthew Peart, New York Giants (Overall Grade: 47.5)

With all the length in the world and lots of athleticism, Matthew Peart is the perfect long-term project. However, unlike some projects, he showed massive signs of improvement throughout his college career at UConn, and I expect him to take over for Nate Solder in a year or two.

#71: Chris Hubbard, Cleveland Browns (Overall Grade; 47.0908)

TIER 6

havenstein
Photo Cred: Ramblin’ Fan

#72: Trey Pipkins, Los Angeles Chargers (Overall Grade: 46.348)

#73: Mike Remmers, Kansas City Chiefs (Overall Grade: 46.1732)

#74: Marshall Newhouse, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 45.108)

#75: Germain Ifedi, Chicago Bears (Overall Grade: 44.5424)

#76: Cameron Fleming, New York Giants (Overall Grade: 44.3272)

#77: Roderick Johnson, Houston Texans (Overall Grade: 43.456)

#78: Kolten Miller, Las Vegas Raiders (Overall Grade: 43.1984)

Jon Gruden’s first draft pick in his second stint as the head coach of the Raiders, Kolten Miller had as poor of a rookie season as one could have in 2018. This past season, however, he showed improvement with a 68.6 pass-block grade, and will look to build off of that in 2020.

#79: Rob Havenstein, Los Angeles Rams (Overall Grade: 43.1976)

After four productive seasons to start his career, Rob Havenstein signed a very reasonable $32.5 million extension with the Rams. Yet, in baffling fashion, he was downright terrible last season, and for Los Angeles’ offense to function, they desperately need him to bounce back.

#80: Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Detroit Lions (Overall Grade: 40.9208)

In what was easily one of the most puzzling contracts from this past free agency, Halapoulivaati Vaitai somehow received a five-year, $50 million contract from the Lions. Despite not having to be a full-time starter, Vaitai ranks as a 30th percentile pass blocker, and having him be a starting tackle for a quarterback with injury concerns is a serious red flag. If they replaced him with any capable tackle, I’d feel so much more confident about Detroit’s 2020 outlook.

#81: Elijah Wilkinson, Denver Broncos (Overall Grade: 40.6216)

#82: Cody Ford, Buffalo Bills (Overall Grade: 39.996)

Ty Nsekhe is a capable right tackle, but because the Bills spent a second-round pick on Cody Ford, they certainly will give him every chance to succeed. Even after a really poor season, there’s no reason to dismiss, yet he probably should play on the interior of Buffalo’s offensive line

#83: Jesse Davis, Miami Dolphins (Overall Grade: 39.224)

#84: Ezra Cleveland, Minnesota Vikings (Overall Grade: 38.6)

Cleveland needs to add play strength and finish his blocks better, but he was a combine warrior, and I love the fit with him in the Vikings. He was meant to play in a zone-blocking scheme, and will get the time to develop that he needs.

#85: Austin Jackson, Miami Dolphins (Overall Grade: 38.5)

Whereas Cleveland won’t have to play right away, the unrefined Austin Jackson will have to be a starting tackle immediately for the Dolphins. Based on his play versus top-tier competition in college, that could be a disaster.

#86: Isaiah Wilson, Tennessee Titans (Overall Grade: 38.4)

Wilson’s size enticed the Titans to make him a first-round pick, but he’s frankly not a skilled pass blocker. He fits better as a guard, which doesn’t help justify that selection at all

#87: Greg Little, Carolina Panthers (Overall Grade: 38.3)

Greg Little was an early second-round pick for the Panthers in 2019, but really struggled in limited action in his rookie season. I’m glad Carolina is giving him an extra year to develop after trading for Russell Okung.

#88: Andre Smith, Baltimore Ravens (Overall Grade: 38.24)

TIER 7

mcgary
Photo Cred: Yahoo! Sports

#90: Julie’n Davenport, Miami Dolphins (Overall Grade: 35.0332)

#91: Justin McCray, Cleveland Browns (Overall Grade: 34.9792)

#92: Joe Haeg, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Overall Grade: 34.518)

#93: Donald Penn, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 34.1496)

#94: David Sharpe, Las Vegas Raiders (Overall Grade; 32.798)

#95: Rashod Hill, Minnesota Vikings (Overall Grade: 32.41)

#96: Kaleb McGary, Atlanta Falcons (Overall Grade; 31.926)

Rookie tackles tend to struggle, but not to the extent that Kaleb McGary did. His 52.8 pass-block grade and 53.9 run-block grade each ranked in the 20th percentile, and although they can hope he’ll progress, the Falcons can’t help but feel slightly terrified about their offense production being hampered if he fails to improve.

#97: Chuma Edoga, New York Jets (Overall Grade: 31.832)

#98: John Jerry, Free Agent (Overall Grade: 31.602)

#99: Justin Skule, San Francisco 49ers (Overall Grade: 31.072)

#100: Trent Scott, Los Angeles Chargers (Overall Grade: 29.724)

#101: Dennis Daley, Carolina Panthers (Overall Grade: 28.802)

#102: Sam Tevi, Los Angeles Chargers (Overall Grade: 28.386)

#103: Bobby Evans, Los Angeles Rams (Overall Grade: 28.348)

Bobby Evans started strong when asked to fill-in for Havenstein at right tackle, but over time, he was a liability. It’s clear he wasn’t ready to play, and will go back to being a depth piece on the offensive line in his second season.

#104: Cam Erving, Dallas Cowboys (Overall Grade: 28.2544)

#105: J’Marcus Webb, Miami Dolphins (Overall Grade: 19.214)

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s