The Top Offensive Lines of 2024

    • Detroit Lions

    The Lions had a stellar season across the board in 2023. They improved on their 9-8 record from 2022, finishing 12-5 and winning their first NFC North Division title in 30 years. A heartbreaking loss to the San Francisco 49ers ended a wonderful season in Motown, but Lions’ fans finally had a team to cheer for and that should continue into 2024/2025. All of this success was built from the ground up, especially in the trenches. They finished third in total offense, second in passing offense, fifth in rushing and scoring offense, and third in red zone offense.

    The real Detroit muscle on this line comes from two players that were both Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections last year. Right tackle Penei Sewell and center Frank Ragnow were some of the best bodyguards in the league, anchoring a line that gave up the fourth fewest sacks in 2023. According to PFF, Sewell led all tackles in total snap count, was the highest graded offensive tackle at 92.8, had the second highest run-blocking grade since 2008, and allowed just one sack last season. These numbers are more impressive considering Sewell was in his second year in the league and is now entering his third at only 23 years old. The future is beyond bright for the Lions star tackle. 

    Ragnow has been equally as impressive in this recent stretch. He had the highest run-bock grade among centers and was the highest graded center overall last season. When you couple his performance with Sewell’s, it’s easy to see why Detroit’s offense was so successful. Coming into 2024, not only should Sewell and Ragnow dominate opposing defensive lines, but they have big reinforcements with them. The Lions have the tallest player in the league in tackle Dan Skipper, who stands at 6’10” and is a solid veteran backup on the line. They added veteran guard Kevin Zeitler, who is fresh off his first Pro Bowl nod in 2023 with the Baltimore Ravens. These mid-west monsters give another layer of protection to Jared Goff, who was the third-least sacked quarterback last season. There is no reason to expect a fall off from this group in 2024.

    • Philadelphia Eagles

    Usually, a decline is to be expected once a team gets older and their offensive line has dominated for so long. Despite missing retired future hall of fame center Jason Kelce for this upcoming season, this Eagles team only drops one spot on this list. Future gold jacket recipient Lane Johnson still commands a lot of respect at right tackle while left tackle Jordan Mailata has steadily improved every year. Johnson earned his fifth Pro Bowl nod last season and finished 10th among all tackles with a 80.9 PFF grade, building upon an already impressive career to this point. Jordan Mailata kept improving, finishing as third-highest graded left tackle on PFF. He has come a long way after having only six years of football knowledge and experience. Alongside them, third-year left guard Landon Dickerson earned his second Pro Bowl selection and a top-10 pass-blocking grade last season.

    The departure of Kelce leaves a hole in the hearts of Eagles fans across the globe. It was his home for 13 seasons and it is hard to replace one of the greatest offensive linemen of all time, but his hand-picked successor finally gets a shot to fill those shoes this year. Cam Jurgens will make his debut at the position this year after spending his first two seasons at right guard. He will be 25 when the season starts, which gives him plenty of time to relearn the natural position he played in college at Nebraska. The tush push might suffer with Kelce retired, but the drop off will not be as dramatic as anticipated. 

    Finally, anyone training under the great Jeff Stoutland will learn the right tools and skills to become a dominant offensive lineman. The team and city coined his long tenure and penchant for turning out premier offensive lineman “Stoutland University,” and his “students” have excelled over the years. Many great lineman have learned under him, including future hall of famer Jason Peters, the aforementioned Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson, Super Bowl 52 Champion Brandon Brooks, among others. When a team has arguably the greatest offensive line coach of all time, the line of scrimmage will always tilt in their favor. The Eagles should continue to fly high off the strength of their talent and coaching in the trenches in 2024.

    • Atlanta Falcons

    Down in the south, these dirty birds might not seem like much when looking at their track record lately, but a close up will show you the strength lies in their front line. Despite sending just two players to the Pro Bowl last year, it is important to note that the popularity contest is not quite favorable to struggling teams and there is more than meets the eye on this line. The biggest example comes from guard Chris Lindstrom, who was the number-one overall rated guard on PFF in 2023. He finished first in offense grade at 87.6, fifth in pass blocking grade at 78.6, and third in run blocking grade at 87.5. He is the best the league has to offer at the position and has been one of the most healthy lineman in the league during his career. The 27-year-old is in his prime, missing just one game the past four years while earning two Pro Bowl and Second-team All-Pro selections in 2022 and 2023.

    In addition to Lindstrom, this line also features Drew Dalman, the third best overall center last year based on PFF’s evaluation. He finished third in offense and run block grade, but finished 24th in pass blocking, a number he will surely want to work on this season. However, when playing on a 7-10 football team everyone is going to struggle to a degree. His run blocking is a huge part of this offense, allowing star running back Bijan Robinson to shine in what was a poorly coached and operated offensive scheme under head coach Arthur Smith. Under a new coach in Raheem Morris, positive change could be on the horizon in 2024.

    Last, but not least, the veteran leadership of tackle Jake Matthews is important to this line’s success. The 2018 Pro Bowler has spent his entire 10-year career in Atlanta and with the Matthews family name attached to him, the winning pedigree is key here. He is the only member of the 2016 Super Bowl runner-ups left on this line and has missed just one game during his tenure. Since November of 2022, he holds the longest active streak for starts among left tackles in the league, another credit to his longevity. Pro Football Focus named him the third most improved player in 2015 and he finished top ten in pass blocking in 2020, cementing his mainstay status on this line. Overall, Lindstrom, Dalman, and Matthews are the healthiest lineman group on this list and that bodes well for this new season in Hotlanta.

    • Cleveland Browns

    In the heart of Ohio, the Dawg Pound has every reason to be excited about the future of this team. They made the playoffs last year despite a laundry list of injuries to key players. Even with the losses of star running back Nick Chubb, quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Dorian Thompson-Robinson, safeties Grant Delpit and Rodney McLeod, and offensive tackle Jack Conklin, the team finished 11-6 with a 38-year-old Joe Flacco at the helm. The offensive line does not get enough credit for how well they performed, especially down the stretch of the season. They were good enough to send two of their guards, Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller, to the Pro Bowl.

    Bitonio, a two-time first-team All-Pro, continued to pave his way to Canton with another stellar season. He’s made six consecutive Pro Bowls from 2018 to 2023 and been one of the most dependable linemen since entering the league in 2014. In those 10 seasons, he has missed just 19 games, a real testament to his durability. Teller, who’s made three straight Pro Bowls in his own right, has proven that being a low-draft pick has no correlation to a lack of success. Since being traded to the Browns after his rookie season in 2018, the former fifth-round pick has been superb during his time in Cleveland. He earned his starting spot on this line in Week 9 of the 2019 season, having been a backup for the first half of the year, and has not looked back since.

    The downside for these “dawgs” comes from the health of tackle Jack Conklin. He’s dealt with a multitude of injuries to his knees over the years, missing 37 games over the course of 8 seasons, and is entering 2024 fresh off his second ACL tear. He has not had a fully healthy season since 2019 and has missed games in all four seasons of his Browns tenure. When healthy, however, he is a key member of this offensive line. A healthy Conklin would do wonders, as people may be quick to forget that he is a two-time first-team All-Pro. Adding him to a line with Bitonio and Teller will only make the offense more formidable, especially with Chubb returning to action this season. If all goes according to plan, the dawg pound will be barking loudly once again.

    • Indianapolis Colts

     

    Often lost in the fold of great offensive lines are the stallions of the horseshoe. The Colts had a very surprising 2023, earning the highest collective PFF pass-blocking grade of all the lines in the league. They were healthy across the board, as four of their five starters played at least 14 games last year and each amassed at least 882 snaps. If that was not enough, two of their four Pro Bowl representatives came from the offensive line, guard Quenton Nelson and center Ryan Kelly. A deeper look into their numbers shows just how talented this line really is.

    Kelly finished 8th overall in offense grade on PFF and earned his 4th Pro Bowl nod in five years. Nelson finished 16th overall in offense grade, but earned his 6th straight Pro Bowl selection, having made one every year that he has been in the league. Both men are the stars of this line, but the rest of the crew cannot be overlooked. Kelly was not the only lineman to finish in the top ten in offense grade. Tackle Bernhard Raimann finished 7th overall (82.7) and Braden Smith finished 6th overall (83.3). Having three lineman finish that highly is astonishing when realizing that this team was 9-8 last year and finished 3rd in the AFC South. A lot of that pertained to the plethora of injuries, including their rookie starting quarterback Anthony Richardson, who was a spark plug in just four games last year. 

    In the end, this line is still continuing to grow. They are the youngest line featured on this list and only have one lineman over the age of 30 on the depth chart. Raimann, who was the first Austrian drafted in NFL history back in 2022, has risen quickly in his two seasons in the league. Nelson, the most decorated player on this line, is only 28 years old and shows no signs of decline yet. Smith is just 28 as well and as long as he stays healthy, the line should continue to be a powerhouse in 2024. They say that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but if that rings true then this line is only getting closer to being the best line in football soon. 

     

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