While NFL lovers and football fans in general, put the vast majority of their focus on each team’s quarterback, skill position and defensive play, those that really know the game, know that, when it comes to winning and losing, it all starts up front with the mostly unheralded players that perform in the trenches. With that thought in mind and Week 5 of the 2020 regular season almost here, it’s time to take a look at the top offensive linemen in the league so you can set down your bets against their NFL odds.
The Top Offensive Linemen Heading Into Week 5 | NFL Betting
No. 5 Quenton Nelson, G, Indianapolis Colts
The sixth overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft has not disappointed while quickly developing into one of the best offensive linemen in the game today. Nelson has played 272 snaps (T17) while getting called for two penalties and allowing zero sacks. In 1,376 career snaps in pass protection, Nelson has allowed just eight combined sacks and QB hits. Nelson provides ample pass protection up the middle for veteran Philip Rivers while paving the way for rookie running back Jonathan Taylor.
No. 4 Ryan Ramczyk, OT, New Orleans Saints
The final pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Ryan Ramczyk has played 235 snaps at left tackle this season while getting called for just one penalty and allowing zero sacks. The 26-year-old Ramczyk has been a top-10 tackle since day 1 and has been outstanding in protecting future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees in each of the last three seasons while consistently opening up holes for running back Alvin Kamara.
No. 3 David Bakhtiari, OT, Green Bay Packers
The fourth round pick by the Packers in the 2013 draft, Bakhtiari was the highest-graded tackle in pass protection in 2016, 2017 and 2018 before finishing second in 2019. The 6-4 310-pound left tackle is an effective pass and run blocker and one of the reasons why superstar signal-caller Aaron Rodgers has been sacked just three times heading into Week 5. In 271 snaps, Bakhtiari has only one penalty while allowing zero sacks.
No. 2 Mitchell Schwartz, LT, Kansas City Chiefs
Schwartz gets the No. 1 spot for me as the blind-side blocker for Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes and that alone makes him extremely valuable. Now in his 14th season, the second round pick by Cincinnati in the 2006 draft has played 268 snaps at left tackle and has just two penalties (T7) and zero sacks allowed. Mahomes can drop back and pass while knowing that, far more often than not, he’s not going to get hit from a spot on the field that he doesn’t see.
No. 1 Duane Brown, LT, Seattle Seahawks
The 26th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the 6-4, 315-pound Brown has played 259 snaps at left tackle this season while getting called for just one penalty and allowing one sack. Brown has been instrumental in protecting superstar quarterback Russell Wilson’s blind side as Wilson leads the league in TD passes and quarterback rating.
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