Ranking AFC South Units: Offensive Lines
We conclude the rankings of the offensive units with the offensive lines today. Here’s a look back at the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers/tight ends before we get into the big guys up front:
This line led one of the worst rushing attacks in the league last year, ranking among the worst in the league and worst in the division in rushing yards and yards per rush last season.
While their number of sacks allowed at 37 is not too bad on the surface, it is because they threw so many short passes that got the ball out quickly; because Matt Hasselbeck didn’t have the arm to throw deep.
They certainly have spent a lot of draft picks trying to protect their franchise quarterback, but have not done so. Anthony Castonzo was picked in the first round at left tackle, and he has been okay. Competent, but not great.
Jack Mewhort was picked out of Ohio State in the second round of the 2014 draft. Ryan Kelly was picked with the 18th overall pick this past year, and the Alabama center will start immediately. They have looked for a center ever since Jeff Saturday left—from Khaled Holmes to Samson Satele.
On the right side Jonotthan Harrison is the new starter at right guard and Dezelle Good replaces the free agent failure of Gosder Cherlius at right tackle. This is going to be a rough year for this unit.