O-line Rankings (06/10/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
2015 NFL Positional Power Rankings – ranking every player in the NFL by position.

Our NFL Positional Power Rankings are based on an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. This score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, game-changing athlete.

Rankings: offensive skill positions (including quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends). Offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and defensive secondary rankings will be revealed in the coming days.

For more fun with impact scores check out the NFL Draft Machine.


The highest rated player: Evan Mathis (9.7 out of 10). The Eagles All-Pro guard has a higher rating than Aaron Rodgers and Le'Veon Bell (9.5 out of 10). However, these ratings are relative to expectations at each position. Mathis is not necessarily better than Rodgers or Bell but he is a better offensive guard than Rodgers is a quarterback or Bell is a running back. Of course none of this could matter since Mathis is holding out for a new contract.

Which team has the best offensive line in the league? Dallas (8.81 out of 10) just edges Philadelphia (8.80 out of 10). If DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys former back, doesn't succeed in Philly it won't be because of his offensive line.

There are twelve offensive linemen that earned impact scores of nine or above (game-changing).

The highest rated tackle: the Cincinnati Bengals' Andrew Whitworth (9.4 out of 10).

The highest rated center: Max Unger (9.0 out of 10). The Saints acquired their new center as part of the Jimmy Graham trade with Seattle in the offseason.

Ever wonder why your fantasy running back is getting tackled in the backfield or why your favorite quarterback is picking himself up off the ground constantly? Of the 160 offensive linemen ranked, only 87 (54%) earned a score of eight or above – expected to start adequately.

Offensive tackles get paid the most to protect the quarterback's blindside but six of the top ten offensive linemen are guards and centers.

Most improved line: Packers (24th to 4th), Jaguars (32nd to 12th), Saints (21st to 6th), Cardinals (29th to 16th) and Buccaneers (28th to 15th).

Top 10 to Bottom 10 – Broncos (4th to 29th), Vikings (2nd to 25th), Bills (9th to 32nd) and Rams (7th to 27th).

Offensive Line Power Rankings

Team Average Offensive Line Ranking
Dallas Cowboys 8.81
Philadelphia Eagles 8.80
Cleveland Browns 8.66
Green Bay Packers 8.52
Baltimore Ravens 8.43
New Orleans Saints 8.40
Pittsburgh Steelers 8.38
Washington Redskins 8.32
Houston Texans 8.20
Oakland Raiders 8.14
Cincinnati Bengals 8.13
Jacksonville Jaguars 8.09
Detroit Lions 8.04
San Francisco 49ers 8.01
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8.00
Arizona Cardinals 7.96
Tennessee Titans 7.96
New York Jets 7.93
New England Patriots 7.91
San Diego Chargers 7.87
Indianapolis Colts 7.87
Chicago Bears 7.85
Miami Dolphins 7.78
Atlanta Falcons 7.78
Minnesota Vikings 7.76
New York Giants 7.76
St. Louis Rams 7.74
Carolina Panthers 7.72
Denver Broncos 7.70
Kansas City Chiefs 7.59
Seattle Seahawks 7.51
Buffalo Bills 7.44