It was pointed out on Twitter, or X, this past weekend but nothing exposes how thin an offensive line is like a preseason game. Each year dozens of each offensive line position are drafted but somehow the problem persists, at least in terms of depth. These offensive line rankings should make teams feel as if help is on the way.
In recent years, we have seen most first-round offensive linemen prove to be worth the draft capital and be immediate impact players. Picks such as Christian Darrisaw, Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs, and Rashawn Slater have all become keystone players on their offensive lines.
In the 2024 NFL Draft, there may be six to eight offensive linemen selected in the first round. It is a very well-rounded class but a lot of top-end talent can be found along the offensive line rankings we have here.
The star of the offensive line rankings isn’t even the most talked about player on his own team. All eyes will be on Drew Allar and Nick Singleton at Penn State but their success will depend on Olu Fashanu. The best pass blocker in the class, Fashanu demonstrates power and finesse at the same time in his game. He didn’t allow a sack, he only allowed seven pressures and he is primed to repeat that in 2023. He shocked people by coming back to school last year but now he is primed to be a top three pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Physically gifted and technically sound, Joe Alt is what most NFL teams would draw up when looking for the perfect build for a tackle. While he could move a little better at times, his strength and instincts allow him to be a reliable blocker in the pass or run game. He has shown he can handle the best in college football so far, if he can do that again in 2023 we may be looking at a top-ten pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
My favorite player in these rankings, Graham Barton could make his way to OT2 when this season is said and done. He moves so well when Duke asks him to pull and lead on certain run designs he does so with ease. When asked to pass protect, he demonstrates smooth footwork to kick back and maintain the advantage on pass rushers. A complete tackle prospect which is a theme here in these offensive line rankings.
An absolute bull in a china shop, Cooper Beebe was a blast to watch. He has great hand placement when engaging with defenders which lets him get leverage. At the same time, he just explodes into defenders and drives them back into the ground altogether. A team drafting in the middle or back half of round one is going to draft a future All-Pro in Beebe potentially.
If Jordan Morgan can stay on the field after bouncing back from a torn ACL in 2022, the sky is the limit. He is a bit undersized but his playstyle allows him to be. He constantly is getting leverage on defenders, always the lower man, and his power makes up for his lack of physical size. The top end of this tackle class is special but that doesn’t mean he can’t join them by climbing these offensive line rankings with a strong 2023.