Jun 16, 2015; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
1. Cleveland Browns
LT: Joe Thomas
LG: Joel Bitonio
C: Alex Mack
RG: John Greco
PFF Pass-Blocking Ranking: 2nd
PFF Run-Blocking Ranking: 7th
PFF Penalties Ranking: 16th
The Cleveland Browns have the best offensive line in the AFC North. Cleveland boasts the best left tackle of our generation, a premier talent at left guard and a player who can be the NFL’s best center when healthy. To sweeten the deal, Cleveland’s line does not have a weak link. John Greco and Mitchell Schwartz are consistently good, both in pass-blocking and run-blocking.
Joe Thomas is the best offensive lineman in our generation and would be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer if he retired today. Even on a year that would be considered a down year, he was voted to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl, he earned his seventh All-Pro selection (his fifth time on the first team) and was selected as an honorable mention for Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team. On the other end of the line, Mitchell Schwartz was a second-round pick in 2012 and has been a consistent fixture on Cleveland’s dominant offensive line.
Alex Mack has been at dominant at center for Cleveland, so dominant that the Jacksonville Jaguars offered him a 5 year, $42 million offer sheet that the Browns foolishly matched. The two-time Pro Bowler is a leader on Cleveland’s line who was dearly missed in 2014 after suffering a broken leg.
Joel Bitonio was one of the NFL’s most underrated linemen in 2014, earning a spot on PFF’s All-Pro team and serious consideration as an AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. He held his side of the line down, mauling in the run game and backing his run-blocking prowess up with an impressive pass-blocking ability. At right guard, John Greco serves as the eldest member of the Browns’ offensive line at 30 years old. And despite his age, Greco has established himself as a consistent contributor on Cleveland’s dominant offensive line.
The Browns have one of the NFL’s most talented offensive lines; with a chemistry not evident on any other offensive line, a generational talent and an ability to make a boring team just a little more exciting, Cleveland’s line is an exciting one to watch.