Atlanta Firebirds

C David Andrews – 8aaf

OT Cameron Bradfield – 8c

OT Bruce Campbell – 6a

OT Tyler Catalina – 7aaf

OT Joel Figueroa – 7a

OG Michael Huey – 7d

OT James Hurst – 7aa

G/C Brendon LaBatte – 7

OT Austin Pasztor – 8aa

OG Quinton Spain – 8a

OT Hunter Steward – 6a

OG Cameron Thorn – 6a

Midway through last season Austin Pasztor was brought in to make the offensive line more physical and it certainly worked. He’s a nasty big-man up front who likes to get in defender’s faces and push them over. But David Andrews is the anchor and literal centerpiece of the offensive line. He’s a bright young center with tremendous potential. Quinton Spain had another good camp, not entrenches as the team’s starter. Cameron Bradfield is still good, but will have to accept that he’s older and will struggle more with athletic edge rushers. James Hurst has been given many opportunities but just hasn’t broken out yet. He’s still young and has enough potential to not be given up on, but Tyler Catalina is breathing down his neck.

Birmingham Predators

OT Oday Aboushi – 7aa

OT Khalif Barnes – 7cd

OG Willie Beavers – 6aa

OT Ryan Clady – 8cd$

OT Shon Coleman – 7aa

C Marcus Henry – 6a

OT Greg Robinson – 8aa

OG Wayne Tribue – 8

Former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson flamed out of the NFL in a pretty big hurry, but will be looking to revitalize his career in the SFL. And he is young enough to still have plenty of faith in. He is only 25-years-old and can still turn it around. He’ll also have the veteran Ryan Clady working opposite him. He’ll be a good mentor for Robinson. Even at his age, he’s still a physical player who will push guys out of the way. The Predators have two other prospects too in Oday Aboushi and Shon Coleman, but both are clearly backups right now. Khalif Barnes is probably the odd man out. But while they have depth on the outside, the interior of the line is paper thin with only three players. Wayne Tribue is a good, reliable veteran but Marcus Henry is looking in over his head having to start at center. Willie Beavers has good moments but needs to develop.

Carolina Generals

C John Collins – 7

OG Dylan Colucci – 6aa

C Lucas Crowley – 6af

OT Jason Fox – 8.c

OG Geoff Gray – 6aa

G/T Michael Harris – 8.d$

OG Todd Herremans – 10$

OG Kitt O’Brien – 6a

OT Victor Salako – 6aa

T/G Neal Tivis – 6a

T/G Matt Tobin – 8ac$

OG Landon Turner – 6aaf

The Generals allowed the second fewest sacks last season and made two big additions to further improve the group. The big move happened not long before camp, trading for Todd Herremans. It is well known that Herremans is purely a rental for the Generals. He’s going to retire after his contract is up, but he has been the best guard in the league the past two seasons and still looks dominant in camp. The second move was signing free agent Matt Tobin. Tobin was a started since his rookie year in New York but while he is good, he does have some risk. The Marauders offensive line did not perform well last year, and he hasn’t has a true breakout season yet. Carolina is hoping a change of scenery will help him. But those two join a group led by the veteran Jason Fox. Fox was an interesting player last season. He was without a doubt the leader of the offensive line, but while he had moments where he looked like the best offensive linemen in the league, he also had a lot of bad moments. He needs to be more consistent, or at least limit the bad blocks. Michael Harris is a swing-man who figures to play more guard than tackle this year with the addition of Tobin. John Collins is a slightly above average center who won’t hurt the team, but they could do better. Dylan Colucci is an interesting d-league guy to watch. Geoff Gray and Victor Salako are also showing potential.

Charleston Dragons

OG David Beard – 6aa

OT Ethan Cooper – 6aa

C Tommie Draheim – 6a

OT Kirby Fabien – 7a

OT David Foucault – 6a

OG Evan Johnson – 6aa

OT Colin Kelly – 6aa

OT Javarius Leamon – 6a

OT Jeffrey Linkenbach – 7

OT Conor McDermott – 6aa

OT Jordan Mills – 9$

OL Spencer Pulley – 6aa

OG Gregory Van Roten – 7

Jordan Mills is one of the best offensive tackles in the league, but the rest of the offensive line isn’t as stable. But there is a nice amount of potential. Evan Johnson and Conor McDermott look really good in camp. Both second round draft picks could be headed for starting jobs right away. Spencer Pulley, a 2016 third round pick, also took a nice step forward in his development. He’s likely to settle in on the interior of the offensive line and may be the starting center. But if those guys prove to not be quite ready yet, veterans Jeff Linkenbach and Gregory Van Roten are their. Both of those guys are just stopgaps. The other young guys who are showing some potential are Ethan Cooper, David Bears and Colin Kelly. They all seem a bit away, but they are looking like very good developmental prospects. Next year could be their years if they continue to work hard and take steps forward.

Columbus Explorers

OG Shane Bergman – 7a

OL Deyshawn Bond – 6aa

OT Josh Bourke – 8

C Mike Brewster – 7cf

OL Pat Elfein – 7aaf

OT Cameron Fleming – 7aa

OT Reid Fragel – 6af

OG Jason Lauzon-Sequin – 6aa

C Corey Linsley – 10f

OT Pace Murphy – 6aa

OT Randy Richards – 6a

Corey Linsley is right up their among the best centers in the league and will provide strong leadership from the middle of the offensive line. However, the Explorers do really like Pat Elfein. The rookie territorial pick could be the future at the center position, especially considering Linsley may be headed for a nice NFL contract after the season. Elfein still has some work to do, but for a rookie he’s done well and may have earned himself a job at guard before he makes a shift further inside. He really just needs to see the field somewhere. Cameron Fleming is also a player who has taken major steps forward. The former first round pick has never quite gotten things together and has been moved around the league in a short time, but this year he’s taken a big step forward and in campe has solidified himself as a starting offensive tackle opposite of Josh Bourke, who is in no danger of losing his spot on the left side. Shane Bergman is also a guy who has performed well. The CFL signin entered camp in an open competition for a starting spot at guard and he may have pushed ahead of the field. Territorial draft pick Deyshawn Bond shows promise as a developmental prospect. Second year tackle Pace Murphy is also working well, but still needs more time to develop.

Dallas Six-Shooters

OT Aviante Collins – 6aaf

OT Tayo Fabuluje – 6aaf

C Joey Hunt – 6aaf

C Richie Incognito – 10f$

OG Ronald Leary – 9a$

C/G Cole Manhart – 6a

C Mike Matthews – 6a

OT SirVincent Rogers – 8

OT Josiah St. John – 7aa

OT Alejandro Villanueva – 10

Dallas has invested a lot of money and effort into their offensive line and the price looks like it’s paying off. Richie Incognito remains as the unquestioned best center in the league. Nobody is getting past the big bully of an interior offensive linemen in camp. And with Ronald Leary next to him, this team can bulldoze their way forward on any run. But Alejandro Villanueva has really taken another positive step forward and from what we’ve seen in camp, he’s going to compete for the Offensive Linemen of the Year title. Any team that has a dominant left tackle has a chance to be great. That left side of the line is one of the best in the league — maybe the best in the league. But the right side pretty good too. Veteran SirVincent Rogers is a very good and consistent veteran, but he has had a nice battle against second-year tackle Josiah St. John. Rogers may be winning the battle, but he has to know that St. John is right there ready to take over if he slips up. The only job that isn’t completely settled is the second starting guard position. Dallas could move some players (maybe St. John) to less natural positions, but they are lacking depth there. Joey Hunt, a natural center, might bump out after showing nice promise. Cole Manhart hasn’t stepped up enough. Offensive tackles Aviante Collins and Tayo Fabuluje have performed well, but have too much ahead of them to see much time out on the edge, but a move inside could be very tricky for them.

Houston Wranglers

C Austin Blythe – 7aa

OT Adam Bisnowaty – 7aa

C Reese Dismukes – 6a

OG Spencer Drango – 7aaf

OT Orlando Franklin – 9dc$

C Kyler Fuller – 6aaf

OT Antonio Johnson – 6a

OG Arie Kouandjio – 7aa

OG Blake Muir – 6a

OG Lucas Nix – 6a

G/T Adam Pankey – 6aa

OG Cyril Richardson – 7cf

OT Leonard Wester – 6aa

The offensive line in Houston was very weak last year and did not help that team at all. This year they made a nice investment in veteran left tackle Orlando Franklin. He isn’t what he used to be, but he’s still better than most. But after him the team has some tough decisions to make. Fifth round draft pick Adam Bisnowaty may have earned the second starting offensive tackle spot after a good effort in the D-League, but he’s still a raw player who will make some mistakes. Second-year men Spencer Drango and Austin Blythe may be starting on the interior, but again, will make mistakes. After Franklin, the best looking guy the Wranglers have is veteran Arie Kouandjio, who is still pretty young, but he is a physical guy who was signed midway through last season and displayed the aggressiveness an interior offensive linemen needs. Adam Pankey and Leonard Wester are both showing potential as well. As is center Kyle Fuller. Veteran Cyril Richardson is decent, but their are better options long term.

Iowa Threshers

OG Alvin Bailey – 7c

OT Randy Colling – 6a

OG Jamil Douglas – 6aa

OG Jessamen Dunker – 6a

OG Kadeem Edwards – 6aa

C James Ferentz – 6aaf

OG Sean Harlow – 7aa

OT Cyrus Kouandjio – 7aa

OT David Sharpe – 7aa

C James Stone – 7ai

OT Jeremy Vujnovich – 7aa

OT La’Adrian Waddle – 8ac$

OT Elijah Wilkerson – 6a

While not a complete afterthought position for the expansion Iowa Threshers, they went more with young guys with potential than older veterans who can do well right away. But if any position should be heavily invested in by an expansion team it is the offensive line. Houston showed why that is last year. But this isn’t to say the Threshers don’t have some good players. La’Adrian Waddle was an expansion draft pick who should anchor their offensive line on the left side. They have the cap space as an expansion team to deal with his million dollar salary, but for that money they also could have gotten somebody a bit better. Still, he won’t hurt the team. They also used their first round draft pick on offensive tackle David Sharpe. He may start right away, but does have some competition against veterans Cyrus Kouandjio and Jeremy Vujnovich. Tackle is a spot the team has nice depth at, but the interior of the offensive line might be a trouble spot. Third round draft pick Sean Harlow has stood but and will likely start, but more probably because of a lack of competition. Jamil Douglas and Kadeem Edwards might be vying for the other starting spot but neither seem ready for the job. The interesting decision will be at center between James Stone and James Ferentz. Both are guys plucked from NFL practice squads. The Ferentz name is of celebrity status in Iowa, but Stone has slightly out-played him in camp, though not enough to end the battle.

Los Angeles Stars

OT Caleb Benenoch – 7aaf

C Matthias Goossen – 6aa

OT Seantrel Henderson – 9a

C Pierre Lavertu – 7a

OG Erik Magnuson – 6aa

OG Damien Mama – 6aaf

OG Shaq Mason – 9aa

OG Duke Robinson – 7

OT Chad Wheeler – 7aaf

OT Daryl Williams – 8aa

Seantrel Henderson has the talent, but sometimes he just needs to show it on the field more. He’s a big, athletic guy who should be competing for awards an All-SFL nods, but he performance last season left something to be desired as he has only 16 pancakes blocks and seven sacks allowed. Still, he is the anchor for the o-line and Daryl Williams has the second tackle spot locked up after another good year starting last season. The Stars actually have some nice depth on the ends with second-year tackle Caleb Benenoch and rookie Chad Wheeler both looking good as well. On the sindie, it’s all about Shaq Mason. He was good as a rookie but his second-year growth has been fantastic. He should be a force inside for them this year. Duke Robinson is a consistent guard who won’t hurt a team, but he has some young guys in rookies Erik Magnuson and Damien Mama fighting for his job, but both still need to refine their game. Piece Lavertu is well ahead of Matthias Goossen at center after the departure of Luke Bowanko, but does leave something to be desired.

Louisville Cougars

OG Alex Cooper – 6a

OT Fahn Cooper – 6a

C Gino Gradkowski – 7ac

OG Fou Fonoti – 6a

OG Corey Levin – 6aa

OG Kiola Mahoni – 6af

G/T Rashaud Mungro – 6af

OT Kyle Murphy – 7aa

C Jake Reed – 6a

OT Jylan Ware – 6aa

It’s unfortunate for the Cougars that they had to let Jason Kelce go because he was one of the very best offensive linemen in all of football, but his contract just did not make sense for a team with so many needs. At least they got a qualified guys to take over his spot. Gino Gradkowski has opportunities in the NFL but ultimately his lack of size made it hard for him to deal with the physicality that comes in the NFL. He might be better suited for the SFL and has looked good in camp. Kyle Murphy is a second-year player who has taken a nice step forward coming into this year. He has pretty much solidified himself as the team’s starting left tackle. But after those two guys it is a mixed-bag of players who might all get opportunities this season as the Cougars try to figure out their best lineup. Fifth round draft pick Jylan Ware has actually impressed a fair amount. He needs to refine his game, but clearly the ability it there. Corey Levin is another rookie who is in the same boat, but at guard instead of tackle. Both of those guys could be starting right away. Another player in the mix to start might be Rashaud Mungro. He’s older and may have lost a step, but his experience could be valuable to a young offensive line.

Memphis Bombers

C Evan Boehm – 7aa

C Brian De La Puente – 8.d

OG Parker Ehinger 8aa

OT George Fant 8aa

OT Joe Haeg – 8aa

The first guys the Bombers have make up a very impressive offensive line, but if any injuries happen, they are in trouble. Parker Ehringer was a first round draft pick last season and might be ready to jump into the upper echelon of the league. George Fant is right there with him and both could be competing for spots on the All-SFL team. Joe Haeg has a good year last season and allowed only one sack. If he cleans up his mistakes he could be a special tackle as well. Evan Boehm and Brian De La Puente are a step behind those three, but both good. De La Puente is older and is starting to slow down, though still reliable and he shouldn’t hurt the team. He might be bumped out to guard because of his experience while Boehm is more of an exclusive center, who has a lot of potential.

Michigan Stags

OG Philip Blake – 7

OT Derek Dennis – 8a

C Jon Gott – 7d

OG John Greco – 8$

OG Danny Isidora – 6aa

OG Tre Jackson – 8aa

C Tyler Larsen – 7aa

OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai – 7aa

OL Ucambre Williams – 6a

OT Sam Young – 8c

2015 first round draft pick Tre Jackson has finally made the Stags offensive line his own. He is the anchor to the group, though Derek Dennis does provide a lot of quality next to him at tackle. On the opposite side of the line from Jackson, John Greco brings a lot of experience, but with it comes a hefty price tag. He might disappoint when it comes to the level his contract will demand, but he won’t hurt the Stags at all. Tyler Larsen and Jon Gott have battled for the starting center job. Larsen has bounced around the league and has disappointed but at 26-years-old he may have finally taken the positive step forward he has needed to take. Don’t be surprised if Halapoulivaati Vaitai has beat out Sam Young for a starting job at tackle. Young is a solid veteran, but Vaitai’s ability is starting to meet his potential.

Minnesota Freeze

OG Don Barclay – 8

C Cody Husband – 7

OT Landon Lechler – 6a

OT Michael Ola – 7df

OG Alex Redmond – 6aa

C/G Chase Roullier – 7aa

OT Austin Shepherd – 6a

OL Darrell Williams, Jr. – 6aa

Of all the players that stands out the most in Minnesota it is first round draft pick Chase Roullier. He really looks like he could turn into something special in this league, with added ability to play both center and guard. With Cody Husband performing well enough in camp to start it is likely Roullier steps in at guard as a rookie. Husband is a quality veteran who might not dominate, but he’ll just provide some consistency inside. Don Barclay is also back and having a strong camp. He’s been entrenched in the Freeze’ starting offensive line since 2013 and doesn’t look to be slowing down yet. Michael Ola is another longtime starter for the Freeze, but he is starting to show his age a bit. Still, he probably beat out rookie Darrell Williams Jr. Alex Redmond is a second-year guy who took nice positive steps forward this training camp.

Mississippi Cottonmouths

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau – 7

OG Josh Boutte – 6a

OG Detonio Dade – 6a

C Andy Gallik – 7

OT Will Holden – 8aa

C Peter Konz – 8di

OG Jordan Morgan – 7aa

OT Vinston Painter – 6a

OG Jean-Simon Roy – 6a

OG Braden Schram – 6a

OT Justin Senior – 6aaf

OT Derek Sherrod – 7f

Memphis is going to rue the day they decided to pass on Will Holden after selecting him in the territorial draft. He was there, but they never gave him a contract and the Cottonmouths were the benefactor with the second overall pick. Holden looks like the best rookie offensive linemen in the entire league and will immediately provide a strong anchor for the Cottonmouths expansion team. Mississippi State alum, but NFL flameout Derek Sherrod is with the Cottonmouths after being taken in the first round of the expansion draft. He started for two seasons in Phoenix, where he performed just okay. He is in line to take that starting job at right tackle, but will have to hold off territorial draft pick Justin Senior. Another rookie, Jordan Morgan, has also looked pretty good in camp, showing a lot of potential that may be too good to not see hit the field right away. The tough battle will be between Andy Gallik and Peter Konz for the starting center spot. Konz had two good years in Phoenix but is older and has had injuries take their toll on him. This is probably his final year, which could mean an opportunity to further develop the younger Andy Gallik, though at this point is seems like we know who he is. He’s not bad, but he isn’t that good either. MacKenzy Bernadeau is a solid veteran, but nothing special.

New Orleans Nightmare

OG Vadal Alexander – 7aaf

C Russell Bodine – 10a

C Luc Broudeur-Jourdain – 7

OT La’el Collins – 10f

OT Davante Harris – 6a

OT Jerald Hawkins – 6aaf

OG Kyle Kalis – 7aa

C/OG AQ Shipley – 10f$

OG/C Cameron Tom – 6aa

OG Chris Van Zeyl – 7

OT/OG Gary Williams – 7d

OT Jeremy Zver – 6a

Could New Orleans have the best offensive line in the league? It’s very possible because La’el Collins, AQ Shipley and Russell Bodine make up a dominant left-side of the offensive line. All three are at the top of their game and really stand out on the field. That alone should give the Nightmare great confidence in their quest to finally make the playoffs, because a dominant offensive line makes everything better. It’s been a costly investment for them, but certainly it is paying off with two first round picks and a highly-priced free agent leading the way. They just have to hope that the right side does not let them down because the rest of the guys need some work. Second-year man Vadal Alexander and first round pick Kyle Kalis has been going through a tremendous battle at camp, though. Both of them could start, but with Shipley entrenched at left guard, their is only room for one of them. Chris Van Zeyl is also playing well, but just doesn’t carry the upside of the two younger guys. At right tackle it seems to be a battle between Jerald Hawkins, a second-year territorial draft pick who barely saw the field as a rookie, and Gary Williams, a veteran who is starting to drop off, but who performed well enough last season as a starter. Jeremy Zver is a canadian prospect the team likes so much they tried to sign again after already giving him a contract. Cameron Tom is a developmental prospect with some potential.

New York Marauders

OT Kwabena Asare – 6aa

OT Michael Bowie – 7c

OT Michael Dunn – 6aa

C/G BJ Finney – 8a

C Brett Golding – 6a

OG Dorian Johnson – 6aa

OG Ted Karras – 7aa

OT Alex Lewis – 7aa

OT Eddie Meredith – 6aa

OG Andrew Norwell – 10$

OG Simeon Rottier – 7

The Marauders were horribly disappointed with their offensive line last year. They invested a lot in it and had a bunch of guys with a lot of ability, but they did not work together and it led to a pretty disappointing season. A lot of their running-game woes were because the team just couldn’t get a push out of the trench. They went a different direction this year, with four starters from last year’s team gone. The only returning starter is 2016 first round pick Alex Lewis, who has potential, but didn’t quite perform up to his ability as a rookie. Still, he could become something pretty good. He just has to take the next step. But where the Marauders made a big investment in their offensive line was at guard with Andrew Norwell. At Charleston, Norwell proved to be among the very best guards in the game and he earned himself a really big contract, but one that the Marauders hope will give them a violent and aggressive player inside to spark their running game. Another nice investment they made was in BJ Finney, who actually did not even start during the two years he has been with the team. But Finney, who is a classic hard-working overachiever, is a guy it’s hard not to like. He makes up for his lack of athleticism with his effort, motor and strong fundamentals. He might never see an All-SFL team, but he certainly could become a very reliable player for the Marauders. The team also signed former Orcas starter Michael Bowie. He isn’t the best, and he hasn’t impressed in camp, but until some of their young players develop he might be their best option at left tackle (while Lewis plays at right). The Marauders drafted Eddie Meredith, but he underperformed in the D-League. Michael Dunn actually played better and earned a contract with the team. But neither look ready to start, nor does rookie Kwabena Asare. Brett Golding was another guy who got time in the D-League and he finished this in pancake blocks, but also made more errors than the team is comfortable with. He might be further away than desired as well. The second starting guard position after Norwell looks to be a battle once again between Simeon Rottier and Ted Karras. Rottier is a solid veteran, but Karras is a developing second-year guard. Both actually were acquired through separate trades with Nashville last season. Rottier was with the team to start the season. He quickly lost his starting spot, though. Karras made a few starts after being a midseason acquisition, but looked like a rookie was was replaced quickly too. But he took a nice step forward this year. Dorian Johnson performed well in the d-league but is a step behind Karras and Rottier right now.

Omaha Express

OG Ryan Bomben – 7

C Cody Clay – 6a

OT Xavier Fulton – 7d

OG Jermarcus Hardrick – 7f

Nolan MacMillan – 6a

C Jordan Mudge – 8

OT Givens Price – 6aaf

OT Dan Skipper – 6aa

OG Bradley Sowell – 7aa

G/T Matt Sterup – 6af

C Corey Watman – 6a

OG Keith Williams – 6f

Jordan Mudge was the bright spot of the Omaha line last year. He was good, but nothing overly special. This year he is right where he was last season. He won’t hurt the team in any way and provides good consistency in the middle of the line. The rest of the line from last year needed improvement, though, and it doesn’t look like it has been upgraded enough.Jermarcus Hardrick made a lot of mistakes last season but he is still definitely a starter. Bradley Sowell has taken some positive steps forward and flashed nice potential, though. He should keep his starting spot. Ryan Bomben is experienced depth but nothing special. Xavier Fulton was also a mistake prone veteran last season but like Hardrick hasn’t been pushed for his job. Givens Price started last year and at least has budding potential but is coming along slower than desires. Dan Skipper could push him for the spot, though. Skipper is a big and powerful third round draft pick. It’s unlikely he unseats Fulton, unless the team just wants to go with youth and work to give their young guys as much time as possible.

Orlando Rockets

OG Kareem Are – 6af

OT Byron Bell – 10

OG Travis Bond – 8aac

OG Trenton Brown – 9aaf

OG/C Zach Fulton – 9a

OT Sean Jamieson – 6aa

C Brett Jones – 7aa

OT Denver Kirkland – 7aa

OT Matt O’Donnell – 7aa

OT Javon Olafioye – 8c

OG Maurquice Shakir – 6aa

C Justin Sorensen – 8

OG Spencer Wilson – 7a

Orlando always had a lot of talent on their offensive line and this year’s unit is as talented and deep as ever. Of course the loss of veteran David Bakhtiari, who won championships in both 2015 with NY and 2016 with Orlando is a huge loss, but the Rockets still have the dominant Byron Bell, who is as good as they come. Impressively, he did not allow a single sack last season. He will jump over to left tackle while it will be out of Jovan Olafioye, Denver Kirkland and Matt O’Donnell for the second starting position. Both are promising young guys. Kirkland didn’t play as a rookie, but how could he as a seventh round pick behind two of the best in the league.O’Donnell is a nice CFL addition. Jovan Olafioye is a veteran who is solid but hasn’t done much in his career. His experience could be the tie-breaker right now. At guard, the team is pretty deep too. Trenton Brown, Zach Fulton and Travis Bond are all worthy starters but their are only two spots. It is possible that Fulton plays as center but then Justin Sorensen will have to sit out and he’s been great in camp as a CFL addition. He might be the biggest steal of free agency. Brett Jones could also start for many teams but on a team this deep probably doesn’t have a spot in the starting lineup. Same goes with Spencer Wilson. There will be tough decisions for Orlando, but it’s a tremendous problem to have.

Philadelphia Bulldogs

OT Nick Becton – 6aa

G/T Cole Croston – 6aa

C Kyle Friend – 6af

OT John Kling – 6a

T/G Charles Leno Jr. – 10

OG Lance Louis – 8.d

C/G Kristian Matte – 7

OT Keith Newell – 7

C Matt Paradis – 10f

OG Wes Schweitzer – 7aa

OT Brad Seaton – 6aa

OT Eric Winston – 9d$

Philadelphia’s running game led them to last year’s championship and their offensive line was a huge part of that. Matt Paradis and Charles Leno Jr. are elite blockers in a league full of good offensive linemen. Eric Winston was a huge addition for them too. He’s old, but hasn’t had the drop off yet and is still as consistent as they come at right tackle. But after those three it is an interesting mix of guys. Goeff Schwartz will be tough for replace right away. Wes Schweitzer was a 2016 first round pick who should be ready to take over as a starter, but will probably still suffer through growing pains. Lance Louis is also back in the fold, though he’s slowing down a little bit. Nick Becton, Cole Croston and Brad Seaton all have potential but are still a bit away from being able to be consistent contributors. Keith Newell and Kristian Matte are solid veteran backups.

Pittsburgh Forge

OT Tom Compton – 7a

OG Vlad Ducasse – 8

OT Lamar Holmes – 7d

C Leo Koloamatangi – 6aa

C Doug Legursky – 8.df

OG Jordan Roos – 6aa

OG Amini Silatolu – 7d

OT J’Marcus Webb – 8.d$

There are better offensive lines than Pittsburgh, but they won’t hurt themselves with the group of solid players they have. Doug Legursky, Vlad Ducasse and J’Marcus Webb all have simple games, but it’s effective. They simply just drive forward on the run and hold their group when pass blocking. Sometimes guys get by, but it will take effort for them. That trio of veterans lead the group. Tom Compton has had a solid camp, but does leave something left to be desired, but should still start with Lamar Holmes not having the greatest camp.Jordan Roos has some potential and maybe has just edged out a slumping Amini Silatolu for the starting job. Leo Kolamatangi has shown a lot of potential but is still well behind Legursky at center.

San Antonio Marshalls

C Jack Allen – 6aa

OT Laurent Devernay-Tardiff – 9af

OG Jermaine Eluemunor – 6aa

OG Brad Erdos – 7a

OT Avery Gennesy – 6a

OG Jarvis Harrison – 7

OL Bobby Hart – 8aa

OT Josh James – 6a

OG Tim Lelito – 7c

OG Brandon Revenberg – 6a

OG Anthony Steen – 7aa

Laurent Devernay-Tardiff is one of the best linemen in the league and it’s impossible not to like how he plays. He’s a fundamental, no-nonsense guard who gets the job done at a high level. He rarely wows people with his athleticism, but he’s actually pretty athletic for a big guy. Simply, he just get the job done and leads this group. Bobby Hart could start just about anywhere on the offensive line and it will be interesting to see where they put him. He’s had a very strong camp as well. With Anthony Steen having a strong camp he may have earned his spot in the starting lineup. Jermaine Eluemunor and Jack Allen are young players with a lot of potential and should work their way into starting jobs, but whether that is this year or not is still to be determined. Both still need some time to develop. Veterans Jarvis Harrison and Tim Lelito could be better immediate options.

San Diego Diablos

C Jake Brendell – 6a

OT Jamal Campbell – 6a

OT TJ Clemmings – 8ac

OG Mathieu Duphuis – 6a

C/OG Alex Mateas – 6a

OG Connor McGovern – 6aa

C Tyler Orlosky – 6a

OG Nico Siragusa – 6aaf

OT Freddie Tagaloa – 6a

OG Zack Voytek – 6a

Expansion draft pick TJ Clemmings has talent, that isn’t even questionable, but when will the guy start living up to it on the field. The Marauders built their offensive line around him the past two seasons and they ended up having one of the worst lines in the league. Despite starting all 16 games in 2016, he finished the year with only nine pancakes blocks. That number needs to be more than tripled. There is a reason why both Nashville and New York gave up on the guy but at least he is still young. Maybe another change of scenery can do him good. Or maybe our expectations for him should lower. Outside Clemmings, San Diego has few guys with experience. They’ll be hoping that Connor McGovern, a player drafted high by the New Orleans Nightmare in 2016, can get off the ground in year two. Territorial pick Nico Siragusa is also a very promising player who should start right away. He is a talented player, but just rough around the edges. It’s just a bunch of question marks after them. Jamal Campbell, Zach Voytek and Jake Brendell all had success in the D-League, but probably won’t wow anybody in the SFL. Mathieu Duphuis was another D-League player and should be secured in his spot on the roster because of his ability to play defensive tackle at a high level. He’s not bad at guard, just still learning the position.

Seattle Orcas

OT D’Anthony Batiste – 9a

C Shannon Breen – 7

OG Sukh Chungh – 6a

OG Willie Colon – 9d$

C Michael Couture – 6a

OG Jake Eldrenkamp – 6af

OG Philippe Gagnon – 6a

OG Davin Joseph – 8.df$

C Raymond McNeil – 6

OT Qadr Spooner – 6a

OT John Theus – 6aa

OT Tony Washington – 8

Oh Seattle, and their ability to turn old guys who have become afterthoughts into stars who compete for championships. Nobody will beat the experience of the Seattle offensive line. Willie Colon is still a mauling guard even at 34-years-old. But he has expressed no desire to stop playing football as long as a team is still willing to give him a chance, and the Orcas have no reason not to since he’s been go good for them. After losing Offensive Linemen of the Year Ryan Schraeder to the NFL, the Orcas brought in 35-year-old D’Anthony Batiste. He is a great stop gap. He probably won’t have a length career in Seattle, but he will be effective. Last year with Michigan he helped lead one of the best rushing attacks in the league. David Joseph seems like he is entering his 100th season with the Orcas. He is starting to see the veteran drop off, but still is better than most guys around. Tony Washington is safely one of the team’s starting offensive tackles after another quality season and now training camp. Shannon Breen is a capable veteran who will probably lockdown center for them, though he is the worst of the starting five. There just isn’t any real competition for him. There really isn’t much depth at all on the line. Any injuries will lead to a major step back for the team. At least John Theus has shown some promising flashes.

St. Louis Stallions

OT Taylor Chappell – 6af

OT Julien Davenport – 6aa

OG Brandon Fusco – 10$

OG Mitch Hall – 6af

OG Jamon Meredith – 8.d

OT Corey Robinson – 7a

OG Chase Sherman – 6a

C John Toth – 6a

For an expansion team, if any position is worth giving out a big contract for it’s offensive line. The Stallions did that with brandon Fusco, who was absolutely dominant for the Michigan Stags the past few years. Fusco is getting $5.0M a year from the Stallions to lead not just their offensive line but their entire offense. He’s a guy a player can just run behind and there will be a lane because he is a bull in the trenches. Jamon Meredith was a nice expansion draft acquisition too. He’s starting to see a drop off, but should still be a good right guard for the team. Corey Robinson probably isn’t the future left tackle, but he is their best guy right now. It could be Julien Davenport starting at the other tackle spot. He has potential but might be a year or two away from really being ready for the job. Center will be a tough position for the Stallions. John Toth is the only true center they have, but he is not really starter quality.

Utah Raptors

OG Isaac Asiata – 6aaf

C Alex Balducci – 7a

C Luke Bowanko – 7aa

OT Thaddeus Coleman – 8

OL JJ Dielman – 6aaf

OG Colin Egan – 6aa

OT Dieugot Joseph – 6aa

OT Lene Maiava – 6a

OT Tyler Marz – 6a

OG/C Matt Skura – 8aa

OT Sam Tevi – 7aaf

OT Cole Toner – 6aa

C Cory Tucker – 6a

OG Christian Westerman – 7aa

When they were in Phoenix the franchise had a pretty decent offensive line by going with a bunch of older guys who had NFL experience. But they have gone a different route no that they are in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just before training camp the Raptor traded 2016 Offensive Linemen of the Year and 2017 OLOY finalist Todd Herremans for the much younger Matt Skura. Herremans already announced he would retire after his contract. Skura, however, is just entering his second season and has look amazing in camp. He is the future of the offensive line for them with ability to play both guard and center. He will probably play at guard because in free agency the team signed former LA Stars center Luke Bowanko in order to replace Peter Konz, a solid veteran who was taken away in the expansion draft. Bowanko was pretty good in LA, but the team ultimately decided to go a different direction. At 26-years-old he’s just entering his prime and should continue to get better. He should beat out Alex Balducci for the starting job, though Balducci is another promising player just entering his prime. Christian Westerman was a highly-regarded territorial pick last season but struggled when given the starting job right away. This year might be better with a year under his belt. Midway through last season the then Scorpions signed Thaddeus Coleman when third round draft pick Cole Toner struggled at right tackle. Coleman actually played so well he bumped Derek Sherrod (another veteran who was serviceable but was given up in the expansion draft), for the job as the starting left tackle. Coleman will continue over at left tackle, but the right tackle job is up in the air between Toner, territorial pick Sam Tevi and Dieugot Joseph, who really shined in the D-League. Tevi is a mean kid out of Utah who has performed very well in training camp. Their is a lot of young, but unproven depth for Utah. They may struggle if their are injuries, but Isaac Asiata, JJ Dielman, and Colin Egan all have potential. Egan was the D-League’s offensive linemen of the year.

Washington Wave

OG Dariusz Bladek – 6aa

OT Stanley Bryant – 8

C Nick Easton – 7aa$

OG Tyler Holmes – 7aa

C Joe Madsen – 7

C Sean McEwen – 7aa

OT Brandon Shell – 7aa

OT Eric Smith – 6aa

OG Louis Vasquez – 8.d$

OG Chris Williams – 7$

With the departure of Will Montgomery at center the Wave went out and gave a nice big contract to Nick Easton. The Harvard graduate certainly has some ability, but one has to wonder if he earned it. Two years ago Easton had just five pancakes with 17 bad blocks. Last year he had four pancakes and five bad blocks before being benched. Simply, he wasn’t very effective in New York. Maybe the big contract and the new home will spark his career. But Washington hasn’t been afraid to spend big money on offensive linemen. Louis Vasquez and Chris Williams are two older veterans who will once again hold down the guard position. But Tyler Holmes is really comping at the bit for his opportunity. Maybe he breaks into the starting lineup after a strong camp. Washington does not seem like an organization that will let salaries determine playing time. Stanley Bryant was the best offensive linemen for the Wave last year and looks good again. He is solidly the team’s left tackle, but right tackle has been a good battle between Brandon Shell and Eric Smith. Both young players have had their moments in the effort to get the job vacated by Tyson Clabo’s retirement. Sean McEwen has a lot of potential at center. It might be interesting is Easton struggles early.

SFL Top 5 OL

1. OG Brandon Fusco, St. Louis Stallions

With the extremely high price tag comes a lot of ability. Fusco’s 2017 season was absolutely incredible. He finished fourth in the league with 36 pancakes while leading one of the best running games in the league, and didn’t give up a single sack. You can’t ask for better than that.

2. C Matt Paradis, Philadelphia Bulldogs

Jay Ajayi has an incredible 2017 season, but you have to give some credit to center Matt Paradis too. The big man cleared out a lot of lanes as he finished second in the league with 38 pancake blocks while only allowing four sacks all year long.

3. Richie Incognito, Dallas Six-Shooters

While an Offensive Linemen of the Year award has evaded Richie Incognito, he’s consistently been a finalist for it, and a high-ranking one too. When you have only one bad block all year long, that says something about how good you are.

4. Corey Linsley, Columbus Explorers

Columbus didn’t have the best running backs last year, but the finished right near the top for the most rushing yards. It’s a credit to their offensive line, which is led by Corey Linsley. He also only allowed on sack all year, quite an impressive feat considering they had a quarterback who liked to run around before getting rid of the ball.

5. Alejandro Villanueva, Dallas Six-Shooters

Like the Explorers, the Six-Shooters had one of the best rushing attacks in the league last season, but not because of their running backs, it was because of their offensive line. Not only is Incognito one of the best around, but Alejandro Villanueva is a dominant and physical force on the line for them.

By The Numbers
Total OL: 275
10 Rating: 12 (4.4%)
9 Rating: 11 (4.0%)
8 Rating: 40 (14.6%)
7 Rating: 83 (30.3%)
6 Rating: 128 (46.7%)