2021 OFFENSIVE LINE RANKINGS
As we wait for training camp to begin, it’s time for teams to audit their rosters based on these early impressions. We’re going to do the same. Over the next few weeks, we are going to review and rank the different position groups for the Giants, Jets, and Eagles followed by an ultimate power ranking going into training camp. This deep dive into the position groups is designed to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each team to help predict which prop bets may be smart picks for this upcoming season.
This week we will dig into the offensive line groups. Offensive line has been a major hinderance for the Giants and Jets over the past few seasons, but there is hope on the horizon for one of them. Let’s take a look at how these teams stack up.
Philadelphia Eagles (#1)
Key Players: Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Jordan Mialata, Andre Dillard, Landon Dickerson
The Eagles enter the season with the offensive line they were hoping to have last offseason before Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, and Andre Dillard to injuries. Brooks’ Achilles tear in June is considered by many to be the catalyst in a long series of events which derailed Philadelphia’s 2020 season. The 2020 Eagles started 14 different offensive line combinations in 16 games, an NFL record. If this group is healthy, they are one of the best offensive lines in the league without question. Aside from health, the biggest storyline to watch is the battle between Jordan Mialata and Andre Dillard for the starting left tackle position. Power vs finesse, momentum vs draft pedigree. Both are capable of being solid starters and it remains to be seen who the new coaching staff will favor.
New York Jets (#2)
Key Players: Mekhi Becton, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Morgan Moses, Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, Chuma Edoga
The Jets offensive line could take a major step forward in 2021. Mekhi Becton can build off an impressive rookie season and, with some refinement to his technique, could become one of the best left tackles in the league. The addition of Elijah Vera-Tucker, one of the most highly-rated prospects in the draft, will sure up the left side of the line with the powerful young pair. Morgan Moses recently joined the Jets following his release from Washington and he can provide a strong veteran presence as well as consistent, high-level play at the right tackle position. McGovern, Van Roten, and Edoga are decent players to round out a group that is definitely headed in the right direction.
New York Giants (#3)
Key Players: Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates, Will Hernandez, Matt Peart, Nate Solder
One of the Giants’ biggest question marks continues to be the offensive line. They have made no shortage of investments in the position but have struggled to find reliable talent. Nate Solder has the 4th-highest salary cap number on the team. His signing is a mistake that has hindered the Giants for four years now. Will Hernandez has turned into a mid-level starter and should be a staple of the line for years to come. Andrew Thomas also had a good rookie season and seemed to find some good rhythm in the back half of 2020. Matt Peart and Shane Lemieux are replacement-level starters who the Giants should try to improve upon in 2022. This group is stronger when it comes to run blocking compared to pass protection, as shown by the success Wayne Gallman had last season. Daniel Jones will need to take a big step forward in his processing skills to help this offensive line reach their potential.