Top offensive linemen in 2015
Jake Long, Tyron Smith among top projected offensive linemen
The offensive line is vital to the success of any NFL offense. Without good pass protection, a quarterback doesn't have enough time to throw, tight ends have to stay in to block, and wide receivers don't have time to get open. Without good run blocking, running backs usually don't get far past the line of scrimmage.
Continuing with this summer's theme of looking ahead in the NFL, this is a look at the top 15 offensive lineman in 2015.
1. Jake Long, LT, Miami Dolphins
Long fought injuries and wasn't himself in 2011, but I have no doubts about his overall talent. In fact, he might be the best offensive lineman in the game today. Many don't realize just how light on his feet Long is for such a massive offensive tackle, and he plays with a great tenacity. The first overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, Long will turn 30 years old in the offseason before the 2015 season, and I don't see him slowing down by then.
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