Top 10 offensive linemen of the decade

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As the decade comes to a close, we’re creating Top 10 lists for 2010 to 2019. This is our Top 10 offensive linemen broken down specifically by position, with two centers, four guards and four tackles listed as a first team (1-5) and a second team (6-10).

1. Joe Thomas, OT, Browns: One of the best players of the decade played for one of the worst teams of the decade. In the eight seasons Thomas played this decade, the Browns went 29-99. But Thomas made the Pro Bowl seven times and All-Pro five times before retiring after the 2017 season. His next stop is Canton.

2. Zack Martin, OG, Cowboys: Remember in 2014 when the Cowboys had a decision with the 16th overall choice: Martin or quarterback Johnny Manziel? Manziel lasted only two seasons, playing only 15 games. Martin has turned into a generational player, already one of the best guards in NFL history. Martin made his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl this season and likely will add his fourth career All-Pro honor next week. If he stays healthy, Martin should challenge the 11 Pro Bowls and six All-Pro honors Larry Allen had with the Cowboys. Martin has five holding penalties and has allowed 11.5 sacks, according to STATS, Inc., in the 93 career games he has played.

3. Tyron Smith, OT, Cowboys: The Cowboys made Smith the ninth overall choice in 2011. He has made the Pro Bowl the past seven seasons and twice has earned All-Pro. Smith is in his ninth season but only 29. He has had various injuries in recent seasons, including back issues, and it has kept him from being as dominant as he once was. But Smith, who has 32 holding penalties and 34 sacks allowed this decade, per STATS, Inc., is having a career worthy of Canton.

4. Marshal Yanda, OG, Ravens: Yanda was in his fourth season and not a full-time starter when the decade opened. He ended up starting 140 of the 159 possible games played so far in the decade (before Sunday’s season finale) and made the Pro Bowl eight times and All-Pro twice. He could earn All-Pro honors for a third time next week, though Quenton Nelson entered that honor last season at left guard. Yanda has eight holding penalties and 17.5 sacks allowed this decade, per STATS, Inc.

5. Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers: The Steelers made him the 18th overall choice in 2010. He has made 121 starts with 11 holding penalties and 13.25 sacks allowed, per STATS, Inc., in his career. Pouncey has eight Pro Bowls and two All-Pro honors, and he was voted second-team All-Pro three times.

Second-team offensive line

6. Jason Peters, OT, Eagles: Peters has remained among the top offensive linemen all decade. He has made the Pro Bowl six times and All-Pro twice this decade. He, Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson have formed one of the league’s dominant offensive lines since 2013 when the Eagles drafted Johnson in the first round.

7. Jason Kelce, C, Eagles: The Eagles drafted Kelce in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. He started all 16 games as a rookie. In his nine seasons this decade, Kelce has made the Pro Bowl three times and All-Pro twice. He has 26 holding penalties and 11 sacks allowed, per STATS, Inc., in his 125 games played.

8. Jahri Evans, OG, Saints, Packers: Evans was a rock at right guard for the Saints for seven seasons in the decade. He closed out his career with the Packers in 2017. In eight seasons in the decade, Evans made five Pro Bowls and three times was All-Pro.

9. Andrew Whitworth, OT, Bengals, Rams: Playing in Cincinnati the first 11 seasons of his career, Whitworth did not get his full due. It wasn’t until his seventh season — in 2012 — that Whitworth made his first Pro Bowl. He ended up making the Pro Bowl four times and All-Pro twice in 10 seasons in the decade. He has 35 holding penalties and 33.5 sacks allowed this decade, per STATS, Inc.

10. Mike Iupati, OG, 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks: The 49ers made Iupati a first-round choice in 2010. He started all 16 games as a rookie and played 129 games this decade for three teams. Iupati earned Pro Bowl honors four times and All-Pro in 2012. He has 18 holding penalties and 28.5 sacks allowed, per STATS, Inc.

71 responses to “Top 10 offensive linemen of the decade

  1. To think Jerry’s son had to wrestle him to the ground to stop him from drafting Johnny Manziel over Zack Martin.

  2. Although LG Logan Mankins retired in 2015, he made the Pro Bowl 5 times in this decade(in addition to 2 previous times). Also, 1rst team All Pro and 3 time 2nd team All Pro this decade.

  3. Joe Thuney should be on there. Started in 2016, has played every game. Went to 3 straight Super Bowls. Graded very highly this year despite a rotating left tackle and center on either side of him. Maybe doesn’t have the longevity within the decade, but could not have done better with the time he’s had.

  4. Tyron Smith is a phenominal player, if nagging injuries hadn’t crept in he easily could be mentioned as one of the very best ever, and at 29 I hope in his later years he doesn’t suffer the after effects too badly and is able to live a healthy life.

    And lets not forget the deal Dallas signed him too which in the long run saved the club a ton of money, rare in this league his sacrifice.

  5. Dallas has two guys on this list who are both probably going to be in the HoF. I can’t think of any team that has underperformed with so much talent.

  6. I would take Rodney Hudson over Pouncey and Kelce every day of the week. When Carr was being treated like his brother last year Hudson did not give up a sack or miss a snap

  7. This is ridiculous. Thuney has been a tremendous LG, tough, a gamer, and a winner.

    He will be cashing in this offseason either in NE or elsewhere, as the centerpiece in the Chandler Jones fleecing.

    Winners win, losers collect stats on really bad defenses and teams for their own salariy and ego.

    Give me 11 Joe Thuneys over 11 Chandler “Disappearance” Jones any day of the week.

    Thuney is like the OL of Julian Edelmans.

  8. edmurph says:
    December 25, 2019 at 9:13 am
    Although LG Logan Mankins retired in 2015, he made the Pro Bowl 5 times in this decade(in addition to 2 previous times). Also, 1rst team All Pro and 3 time 2nd team All Pro this decade.

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    Thuney blows Mankins
    away. One is a postseason bum and the other is a winner. End of story

  9. whenwilliteverend says:
    December 25, 2019 at 9:46 am
    Dallas has two guys on this list who are both probably going to be in the HoF

    Since when does a player or two make the whole team? Do you like riding on someone else’s wagon your whole life?

  10. Thuney blows Mankins
    away. One is a postseason bum and the other is a winner. End of story

    #p6isajoke

  11. Forget the mess this year, Trent Williams never played a full season in the five previous years. Suspension for weed and the various injuries. Plus as a pass blocker he was a turnstile. Pro Bowls are popularity contests; how many times was he All Pro? Answer – none. No playoff wins. Does not belong. Case closed

  12. One is a postseason bum

    He’s right. Watch the 07 and 11 Super Bowls and focus on line play. It was beyond horrible.

  13. Mankins tore the ACL in his right knee the 1rst game of the 2nd Giants SBowl year(2011). The only player known to have played thru the year on that injury. Then he tore his left MCL in the playoffs. He played the SB in 2012 on 2 bad knees. Toughness was unmatched. LGs don’t win or lose SBowls anyway. Thuney is a good 4th yr player that’s gonna make a lot of money. He hasn’t received 1 Pro Bowl or offseason award yet. He has a long way to go to match Mankins career. The Pats got outcoached at the LOS in those two SBowls, especially by Spagnuolo. Couldn’t adjust to Spag’s games.

  14. Mankins was a turn style in those Superbowls. He got traded away to Tampa for a fourth string receiver and the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl. He is on my top ten list of post season gag artists of the decade-just behind Can Newton and Matt Ryan.

  15. Say what you want about Kane Johnson, but that dude is THEE offensive lineman. He is clearly having fun in the field especially when he pancakes a guy which is like 5 times per game.

    Ive heard more than one defensive lineman admit quitting because there’s no way around him and he demoralizes you.

    When your peers make comments like that, you’re top 5 minimum.

    Nobody from the falcons deserves crap, but this list is awful.

  16. As I said, Mankins was playing on 2 torn knee tendons in the 2012 SBowl. They traded him because he wouldn’t take a pay cut, like they’ve done to several players. Richard Seymour for example. Besides the useless TE the Pats got in the trade with Tampa, they also used the draft pick they got on Trey Flowers. 4 yrs cheap. They didn’t win a SB for 3 more yrs. Otherwise, right on the money.

  17. As I said, Mankins was playing on 2 torn knee tendons in the 2012 SBowl. They traded him because he wouldn’t take a pay cut, like they’ve done to several players. Richard Seymour for example. Besides the useless TE the Pats got in the trade with Tampa, they also used the draft pick they got on Trey Flowers. 4 yrs cheap. They didn’t win a SB for 3 more yrs. Otherwise, right on the money.

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    Sounds like excuses and crying to me…..but expected from a Pats fan.

  18. He was tough and he was good. I’d buy him his beer any night. But that entire Pats O line sucked in those games for whatever the reasons.

  19. Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks should both be on that list. Brooks is rated as the best O-lineman in all of football this year and was an all-pro the last 3 years.

    Lane Johnson gives up like 2-3 sacks a year on avg. since he was drafted, and is the best run blocking T.

  20. Lupati??? Diehard Niners fan and watched him many times. He definitely makes a list if it was for just run-blocking , however, Lupati was horrible in pass protection.
    How about replacing Lupati with Joe Staley. 1 of the best all-around Tackles in the game and has been for almost 15 yrs

  21. There’s this guy Joe Staley who has made SIX ALL PRO teams and SIX PRO BOWL teams this decade. At the very least he is far better than the last three men you put on this list.

  22. Joe Thomas on top of a list featuring a picture of #66 Spencer Drango? Intern giving no respect.

  23. How you could omit Daivd Bakhtiari, left tackle of the Packers, is amazing. He has been a main-stay ever since he took over the position in 2013 and year after year is one of the best linemen in football.

  24. Just gotta second all of the questions concerning the lack of achievement for all of the Cowboys players that make these lists – so much talent, so little bling to show for it. Whats the point in having McClay provide good draft picks (DL aside cause he and everyone else on the staff stink at it – Charlton, Hill, etc…) and not be able to coach them to at least a NFC title game?

  25. People arguing for Trent Williams on this list and against JJ Watt on the DL list are the reason fans aren’t allowed to vote for the HoF. Derrrrrrr

  26. Iupati being on this list is a joke. Dudes a liability in pass pro, period. Has been since the day he was drafted.

  27. whenwilliteverend says:
    December 25, 2019 at 9:46 am
    Dallas has two guys on this list who are both probably going to be in the HoF. I can’t think of any team that has underperformed with so much talent.
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    2005 and 2006 San Diego Chargers.

    LT and V-Jax and Malcolm Floyd, Rivers, Gates, McCardell they didn’t win anything.

  28. I was scanning the list for Seahawks names… having completely forgotten that I was reading a list of good offensive linemen.

    I’ll just have to wait for the PFT list of “The Players that Played on Offensive Lines of the Decade”

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