Except a few here. The O-line is tops in the game year in and year out, talent and the best positional coach in the national football league = production.
With the majority of free agency in the books and the draft nearly a month behind us, Rotoworld.com's Evan Silva has unveiled his 2013 NFL offensive line rankings. The list highlights 2012 data from both Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders, but also includes his own projections for the 2013 season.
There's a familiar team at the top, as Silva believes that the Patriots have the strongest offensive line in football leading into next season
2013 Offensive Line Rankings
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
You'll notice 2012 Run and Pass Block Rankings listed before each lineup projection. The first number is via Pro Football Focus. The second number is Football Outsiders' 2012 rating. While PFF and FO's data is relevant and valued, keep in mind the goal of this column is to project the effectiveness of 2013 NFL offensive lines, as opposed to rank them based solely upon what occurred last season.
The number in parentheses after each team name is that club's number of returning offensive line starters. The asterisk (*) denotes a new projected starter.
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1. New England Patriots (5)
2012 Run Block Rankings: 2, 4
2012 Pass Block Rankings: 9, 5
LT: Nate Solder
LG: Logan Mankins
C: Ryan Wendell
RG: Marcus Cannon*
RT: Sebastian Vollmer
Super Sub: G/C Dan Connolly
Overview: The 49ers are better in run blocking, but New England gets a big enough edge in the pass-blocking phase to put position coach Dante Scarnecchia's unit over the top. Despite ranking fourth in the league in pass attempts last season, the Patriots allowed the fifth fewest sacks in football. Pass pro is pretty important in an increasingly pass-first NFL. The Pats didn't lose any key line members and could receive a youthful, physical injection if 2011 fifth-round steal Cannon unseats incumbent right guard Connolly. Cannon is a nimble 6-foot-5 and 360 pounds. Solder and Vollmer were both top-17 offensive tackles in Pro Football Focus' 2012 ratings, while Wendell was a top-five center. Mankins, 31, is gunning for his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl berth.