(Way Too Early) 2018 Offensive Line Rankings

Before free agency officially began back in March, the addition of Kirk Cousins was a hotly debated topic on Vikings Twitter.  The question of whether Kirk Cousins was good or not quickly devolved into a conversation about his status as a Franchise QB.

In my article “Defining Franchise Quarterback,” I defined franchise quarterback as one who consistently elevates his supporting cast (vs. being propped up by them).  What I found was that the performance for all quarterbacks, not named Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees, was tied closely to the quality of their supporting casts.  With all that said, I’ve decided to dig into the QB supporting casts for 2018 starting with the offensive line units for all 32 teams.

Methodology

  1. Depth charts pulled from www.ourlads.com.
  2. Player quality determined using 3 year average from PFF.
  3. 2nd year player grades regressed towards average starters at their position.
  4. Rookie players assigned average grade for starters at their position.
  5. Player grades weighted based on positional value (i.e. tackles > guards).
  6. Weighted grades are summed to create OL Score

 

Tier 1 

TEAM OL Rank OL Score
PHI 1 50.14
TEN 2 47.93
OAK 3 47.53
ATL 4 47.18
DAL 5 46.33

Tier 2 

TEAM OL Rank OL Score
LAR 6 45.51
PIT 7 45.37
NO 8 45.28
GB 9 44.87
WAS 10 44.54
KC 11 43.78
NE 12 43.36

Tier 3  

TEAM OL Rank OL Score
DEN 13 43.28
JAX 14 42.91
CAR 15 42.26
SF 16 42.17
CHI 17 41.61
CLV 18 41.55
DET 19 41.46

Tier 4  

TEAM OL Rank OL Score
MIA 20 41.38
TB 21 40.98
IND 22 40.75
MIN 23 40.59
LAC 24 40.07
ARZ 25 39.60
CIN 26 39.18
NYJ 27 39.14

Tier 5  

TEAM OL Rank OL Score
NYG 28 37.79
BUF 29 37.23
BLT 30 37.10
SEA 31 35.36
HST 32 34.23

There it is.  Hit me up on Twitter to let me know what you think.

Next up, I’ll review the skill position players for each team’s offense.

 

 

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