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2015 NFL Player Rankings: Offensive Linemen

Marshal Yanda

Marshal Yanda

Just like last year, Athlon Sports' 2015 NFL Preview magazine includes NFL player rankings at every position. The rankings in the magazine are provided by Dan Shonka of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services, a company that's been in the football talent evaluation business for more than three decades.

Related: 2015 NFL Player Rankings - Quarterbacks


Although often unheralded, a strong offensive line is an extremely valuable, and equally rare, commodity in the NFL. Take Dallas for example. What does having the No. 1 tackle (Tyron Smith) and No. 2 guard (Zack Martin) and center (Travis Frederick) get you? How about the league's second-ranked rushing offense, which also led in time of possession, for a team that won 12 games and the NFC East division title. And while DeMarco Murray, the reigning rushing champion, is no longer a Cowboy, whoever gets the carries this season should be well-positioned for success running behind arguably the league's No. 1 line.

Rankings courtesy of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services

Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE |OL

2015 NFL Player Rankings: Tackles

1. Tyron Smith, Dallas        

Physically, he has it all with his extra-long arms, huge hands, strength and athletic ability. He seals the play side with good technique and rare lateral quickness. He is equally skilled as a run blocker or pass protector.

2. Joe Thomas, Cleveland

He has an outstanding combination of size, athletic ability and a gritty style of play. Demonstrates explosiveness and power in the run game.

3. Joe Staley, San Francisco

A Pro Bowl talent who is highly competitive and works to finish his blocks with a nasty streak.

4. Jason Peters, Philadelphia

He has anchored the Eagles’ offensive line since being acquired in a trade from Buffalo in 2009.

5. Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati

He is heading into his 10th year in the league as a physical tackle who can manhandle defensive ends and tackles with his hand strength.

6. Lane Johnson, Philadelphia

An ascending tackle who has started 28 straight games for the Eagles after being drafted in the first round in 2013. A physical and aggressive right tackle.

7. Sebastian Vollmer, New England

A native of Germany, Vollmer has become more of a technique player rather than a mauler in the run game.

8. Jared Veldheer, Arizona 

Signed as an unrestricted free agent a year ago from Oakland and has been a huge upgrade on the left side of the Cardinals’ line.

9. Duane Brown, Houston

A natural athlete with long arms and big hands for the left tackle position. Good body control and balance.

10. Kelvin Beachum, Pittsburgh 

A good athlete who plays square and has an explosive punch. A top-level technique player who plays with confidence.

11. Donald Penn, Oakland           

12. Branden Albert, Miami 

13. Anthony Castonzo, Indianapolis       

14. Ricky Wagner, Baltimore        

15. Will Beatty, N.Y. Giants           

16. Bryan Bulaga, Green Bay       

17. Zach Strief, New Orleans       

18. Trent Williams, Washington   

19. Derek Newton, Houston         

20. Doug Free, Dallas

2015 NFL Player Rankings: Guards

1. Marshal Yanda, Baltimore

Uses his hands well to control the defender. He is the total package of run blocker, pass protector, football instincts, functional strength and hell-bent-for-leather finisher.

2. Zack Martin, Dallas

Made the transition from college tackle to pro guard. Under the tutelage of line coach Bill Callahan (now with the Redskins), Martin took his blue-collar work ethic and talent to another level.

3. T.J. Lang, Green Bay

An intense and competitive blocker who plays square with balance and leverage. Aggressive off the snap and finishes his target with good head position and leg drive.

4. Evan Mathis, Free Agent

Has a reputation as a consistent competitor who battles hard every play. He is an efficient position blocker with good first-step quickness. Was a surprise cut by Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly earlier this month.

5. Kelechi Osemele, Baltimore  

He has elevated his game under line coach Juan Castillo. The wide-bodied road grader has the physical tools to lock up a defensive tackle.

6. Mike Iupati, Arizona

A powerful man with a wide, athletic body, he plays with a good base and competitive streak. Controls the defender with strong hands and an explosive punch.

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7. Joel Bitonio, Cleveland

Uses his hands to seal the inside gap from a defender’s penetration. Physical and strong on down blocks.

8. Brandon Brooks, Houston

Has a thick and powerful body and can manhandle a pass rusher if he maintains his knee bend and leverage.

9. Ronald Leary, Dallas

The former undrafted free agent plays with a good power base to position and wall off a defender in the run game.

10. John Greco, Cleveland

A smart and instinctive player who is very technique-conscious. Keeps his hands inside the frame and controls his target.

11. Josh Sitton, Green Bay           

12. Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati         

13. Brandon Linder, Jacksonville

14. Kyle Long, Chicago     

15. Orlando Franklin, San Diego 

16. Andrew Norwell, Carolina      

17. Clint Boling, Cincinnati           

18. Chance Warmack, Tennessee          

19. Larry Warford, Detroit   

20. David DeCastro, Pittsburgh

2015 NFL Player Rankings: Centers

1. Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets

The durable and dependable pivot has an explosive punch that stuns a defender. Plays with good technique and strong hands.

2. Travis Frederick, Dallas 

A power player who gets push in the run game. Has demonstrated the size and strength to neutralize a nose tackle or drive down a gap defender.

3. Alex Mack, Cleveland 

The leader of the Browns’ offensive line was well on his way to an All-Pro selection when he went down with a broken fibula in October.

4. Rodney Hudson, Oakland   

He is undersized by NFL standards but plays with quickness and agility. Especially effective as a zone blocker, getting to the second level where he seals off linebackers and cuts off pursuit.

5. John Sullivan, Minnesota   

Plays with light feet in pass protection yet can anchor versus a power rusher. He has the size, strength, balance and base to control a defensive lineman.

6. Jason Kelce, Philadelphia

A classic zone-blocking center who is athletic with good technique and footwork. Quick to redirect and change direction.

7. Max Unger, New Orleans   

A strong drive blocker with nifty feet in the run game. Plays with a solid punch, lockout and foot quickness in pass protection.

8. Ryan Kalil, Carolina

He is an intense and sound technician who is physical and aggressive in his play.

9. Kory Lichtensteiger, Washington

A tough and physical throwback blocker who works to finish his blocks. Plays with quick hands and good technique.

10. Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

Earned an All-Pro selection in 2014 and is recognized in league circles as an athletic center who plays with attitude and aggression.

11. Chris Myers, Free Agent         

12. Jeremy Zuttah, Baltimore        

13. Corey Linsley, Green Bay       

14. Evan Dietrich-Smith, Tampa Bay      

15. Stefen Wisniewski, Jacksonville       

16. Bryan Stork, New England     

17. Eric Wood, Buffalo       

18. Luke Bowanko, Jacksonville 

19. Samson Satele, Free Agent   

20. Russell Bodine, Cincinnati