2016-2017 Left Tackle Rankings
- Joe Thomas (Cleveland Browns)- Joe Thomas hasn’t missed a snap since he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the historic 2007 Draft. An incredible stat with Thomas is that he has only been called for holding 17 times in his career, Joe Thomas is an elite pass and run blocker who has been the most valuable player on the Browns for many years now. A first ballot hall of famer and one of the best players in Cleveland Browns history.
- Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys)- The leader of the league’s best offensive line, Smith is only 26 and has already been one of the best players at his position for several years. The Cowboys offensive line is poised to dominate the league for years to come and Tyron Smith is a major reason for that.
Trent Williams (Washington Redskins)- An excellent lineman who is only going to get better, an incredible pass blocker and the anchor of the very good Washington offensive line, Williams is very athletic for an offensive lineman putting up absolutely insane combine numbers in 2010.
- David Bakhtiari (Green Bay Packers)- If this list was based off pure bass blocking Bakhtiari would probably be at the top of this list but it’s not and Bakhtiari gets demoted for his average run blocking ability. The Packers offensive line focuses primarily on pass blocking talent to protect Rodgers and Bakhtiari is the perfect player for their line.
- Terron Armstead (New Orleans Saints)- Armstead is one of the most athletic tackles in the league with great speed for a player at his position running an impressive71 forty time at the combine. The Saints have a dominant lineman for years to come in Armstead who is only 25 and likely not even at his peak ability.
- Andrew Whitworth (Los Angeles Rams)- The Rams finally got an elite tackle when they signed Whitworth to a short-term deal in free agency. The addition of Whitworth will help the development of Jared Goff and will help Gurley return to his rookie year numbers. The talent of Whitworth is very strong in both the passing and running game.
- Cordy Glenn (Buffalo Bills)- The Bills have a very talented offensive line with the Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito, two elite players at their respective positions. Cordy Glenn is a massive lineman at 6’6 and 344 pounds and he is incredibly valuable to the Bills since they need elite pass blockers due to Tyrod Taylor’s tendency to hold onto the football and scramble.
- Taylor Lewan (Tennessee Titans)- Lewan is only getting better and the combination of Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin at the tackle position will lead to the Titans offensive line dominating the league for years to come. Lewan’s athleticism also comes with great size playing at 6’8.
- Donald Penn (Oakland Raiders)- Penn is an incredible talent who underestimated when the Buccaneers cut him in 2014, ever since he has proved his former team and the rest of the league wrong. The Raiders offensive line was excellent last season but there is a chance he regresses due to his age and the heavy workload he has played.
- Ronnie Stanley (Baltimore Ravens)- Ronnie Stanley was considered an elite tackle prospect coming out of Notre Dame and he disappointed no one in his rookie season. I believe that he has the potential to be a top-five tackle someday and it could be in the near future, Stanley plays with prototypical left tackle size at 6’5 and 315 pounds expect him to improve tremendously in the next few seasons.
- Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers)- Joe Staley has been stuck on losing teams in San Francisco the past few seasons and that may have overshadowed his talent a little bit but he still is a top left tackle. At the past trade deadline, there were rumors that he may be traded for a first round pick, this shows that his current team still values Staley tremendously. Staley is a well-rounded player and he should be a top left tackle for a few more seasons.
- Jason Peters (Philadelphia Eagles)- Peters has had his struggles in the last few seasons but he still deserves to be ranked on this list, he has been named to multiple pro bowls and is still a very good tackle. The play of Peters will be very important in the development of Carson Wentz this upcoming season.
- Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions)- Decker was an elite collegiate tackle at Ohio State and he has the potential to be an elite tackle in the NFL as well. The Lions showed their conference in Taylor Decker at the left tackle position after they let veteran tackle Riley Reiff leave to a division rival this offseason, Decker was also a very underrated component of the Lions success last season and his impact on the offensive line was definitely shown in his rookie season.
- Eric Fisher (Kansas City Chiefs)- Fisher had struggles when he first entered the league after being drafted first overall but he has improved a lot and his improvement has really helped the Chiefs offensive line as a whole. The Chiefs recently signed Fisher to a major extension and I expect him to earn that money.
- Nate Solder (New England Patriots)- The Patriots have a very good left tackle in Nate Solder and he should have many more years of top level play in him, how Solder plays in 2017 will be very important due to the increasing age of Tom Brady and ensuring that Brady has a top offensive line needs to be on the top of the Patriots priorities.
Future Five*: Connor Williams (Texas), Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame), Jason Spriggs (Green Bay Packers), Antonio Garcia (New England Patriots), Conor McDermott (New England Patriots)
*The Future Five consists of backup NFL players and elite collegiate players that could make this list someday.