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.
The 49ers line is young and nasty and should be at the top of this list for the next few years.
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.
Incredibly athletic and versatile, Solder and Vollmer keep QB Tom Brady upright while the road grading Mankins mans the middle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.