10. Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints – Ramczyk earned All-Pro honors for three consecutive years. He is a mauler in the run game and can hold his own in pass protection. Quickness, speed, strength, and technique makes him a consistent offensive tackle. Injuries have him sidelined for periods of time the past few seasons, but he will be looked for stability up front.
9. Andrew Thomas, New York Giants – The New York Giants have invested in solidifying the trenches. Andrew Thomas was a part of that investment that is working out. From year one to two, Thomas improved his footwork and hand placement. His improvements made a large difference in his performance on a weekly basis.
8. Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles – Jason Kelce will do anything to win football games for his teammates. He plays with ideal leverage, hand placement, and determination. On film, Kelce can be seen regularly engaging with a defender and climbing to the next level to block another defender. The Eagles have the best center in the NFL.
7. Tristian Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- During Tristian Wirfs rookie season he was tasked with protecting the best quarterback in NFL history (Tom Brady). Wirfs did an amazing job his first year as he gave up one sack and had one penalty. He will be the best offensive lineman in a few years if he keeps progressing at the rate he is. Strength and athleticism are two critical parts of Wirfs’ game that he does at a high level.
6. Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts – The Notre Dame product was a NFL star as soon as he stepped on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. Once Nelson gets his hands on defenders he does not let go. His pad level, footwork, and hand placement are nearly perfect. Nelson uses every bit of his 6’5” 315 lbs frame to control defenders. He is the dream left guard for any NFL franchise.
5. Joel Bitino, Cleveland Browns – Much like Zach Martin, Joel Bitino has been a stud in the NFL for a long time. Bitino has earned All-Pro honors for five consecutive years and is still at the top of his game. Bitino is a punishing run block that constantly finishes defenders. He has a hall of fame resume and will be a key piece in Cleveland’s chase for a playoff berth.
4. Zach Martin, Dallas Cowboys – Dallas has been dominant in the run game in Ezekiel Elliott’s early years starting with their offensive line. Zach Martin has been a star in Dallas since being drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Martin has been to eight Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams in his career. He has the athleticism to be a pulling guard, reliable pass blocker, and a future first ballot hall of Famer.
3. David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers – David Bakhtiari is known for being Aaron Rodgers protector for a part of his career. The Colorado product is a technician that has a high understanding of pass rushers plans to attack him. He is smart, physical, and fast which helps him climb to the next level. Bakhtiari is overcoming injuries from this past season, but when healthy he is one of the best at his craft as he earned All-Pro honors in five consecutive seasons.
2. Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles – Last season Lane Johnson earned first team All-Pro in the Eagles Super Bowl run. Johnson is the best pass blocker in the NFL as he has not given up a sack in two years. In the playoffs, he contained Nick Bosa to eliminate his pass rush on Jalen Hurts. The 32 year old veteran has stayed consistent throughout his NFL career and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon.
1. Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers offensive tackle is the highest standard of what an ideal NFL lineman looks like. Williams is 6 ‘5 ” 318 lbs and has a unique combination of size, strength, technique, and athleticism. He is one of few offensive linemen who are elite at everything they are asked to do. Williams earned 10 Pro Bowl selections and three All-Pro teams. When you think of top tier offensive linemen in the NFL, Trent Williams should come to mind.