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San Francisco 49ers

 

 

49ers Offensive Lines

Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin and Alex Boone

1. San Francisco 49ers

Tackles: Joe Staley, Anthony Davis

Guards: Mike Iupati, Alex Boone

Center: Jonathan Goodwin

 

Best of the Bunch: Joe Staley

One of the best Left Tackles in the game, Staley is an underrated pass blocker and an absolute dominant run blocker.

Runt of the Litter: Jonathan Goodwin

Hard to find one on the best Offensive Line in the game, if we had to choose though, Goodwin would be the selection.

Overall:

The 49ers line is young and nasty and should be at the top of this list for the next few years.

 

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Pats OLine

Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer & Logan Mankins

2. New England Patriots

Tackles: Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer

Guards: Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly

Center: Ryan Wendell

 

Best of the Bunch: Sebastian Vollmer

Most would assume perennial Pro-Bowler Logan Mankins would be the choice here, however, Vollmer had an excellent 2012 season and is one of the best Right Tackles in the game.

Runt of the Litter: Dan Connolly

While still solid, Connolly is the easy choice as the weak link out of this terrific group.

Overall: 

Incredibly athletic and versatile, Solder and Vollmer keep QB Tom Brady upright while the road grading Mankins mans the middle.

 

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Zane Beadles Ryan Clady

Zane Beadles and Ryan Clady

3. Denver Broncos

Tackles: Ryan Clady, Orlando Franklin

Guards: Zane Beadles, Louis Vasquez

Center: Dan Koppen

 

Best of the Bunch: Ryan Clady

The former Boise State Bronco picked an excellent time to have the best NFL Season of his career just in time to cash in on a new contract.

Runt of the Litter: Dan Koppen

Koppen is certainly the weak link of the Broncos offensive line as he was signed off the street soon after starting Center J.D. Walton was lost for the season.

Overall:

This group is a terrific pass blocking unit, where they could stand to improve is in the run game, something they will surely have to do if they want to make it to New York in February.

 

Houston Texans

 

 

Texans OLine

Chris Myers, Duane Brown and Wade Smith

4. Houston Texans

Tackles: Duane Brown, Derek Newton

Guards: Wade Smith, Brandon Brooks

Center: Chris Myers

 

Best of the Bunch: Duane Brown

Brown is in the running for the best Left Tackle in the game at the moment. He possesses excellent athleticism for a man his size making him highly efficient in both the run and pass game.

Runt of the Litter: Derek Newton

The former 7th round pick sure played like it last season and is certainly the weak link on an otherwise dominant Texans offensive line.

Overall:

Losing two starters last off season hurt as the line as a whole had a bit of a drop off in 2012. Having said that, anytime you have Brown and C Chris Myers as part of your core, you’re in pretty good shape.

 

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Will Beatty

Will Beatty

T5. New York Giants

Tackles: Will Beatty, Justin Pugh (R)

Guards: Kevin Boothe, Chris Snee

Center: David Baas

 

Best of the Bunch: Will Beatty

Beatty had a terrific 2012 and certainly deserved pro bowl consideration. Still somewhat of an unknown, it would be hard to find a better option at keeping his Quarterback upright than the former 2nd round pick out of Connecticut.

Runt of the Litter: Justin Pugh

It’s unfair to anoint a rookie as the runt of the litter, however, in this case, it’s the logical choice as the rest of the group are solid, NFL lineman.

Summary:

Even though the Giants struggled in 2012, failing to make the playoffs, the offensive line was one of the units on the team that performed better than the year prior. Injecting some youth with the rookie Pugh, should help this group take another step forward in 2013.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

Carl Nicks

Carl Nicks

T5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tackles: Donald Penn, Gabe Carimi

Guards: Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph

Center: Jeremy Zuttah

 

Best of the Bunch: Carl Nicks

Nicks was sorely missed in 2012 as he was lost to injury early in the season. Getting Nicks and fellow Guard Davin Joseph back should put a smile on Josh Freeman and Doug Martin’s faces.

Runt of the Litter: Gabe Carimi

Currently it’s Carimi, who comes over from the Bears in the off season. Carimi has talent and could thrive with a change of scenery.

Summary:

Injuries to Nicks and Joseph crippled Tampa’s  line in 2012 and it showed on the field. With a fresh start this season, expect the Bucs’ offensive line to be one of the best in the NFL.

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