Presented by

When you purchase products or services through our links we earn a small commission. Thank you.

2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Offensive Linemen Rankings

We compiled the offensive linemen rankings from two of the top sports websites and came with our points-based wide receivers rankings. Here are the best rookie offensive linemen prospects heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on reddit
Share on skype
Share on email

RESOURCES: Player Ratings by PFF.com | Player Contracts by Spotrac.com | Stats by ESPN.com | Player Bios/Analysis by NFL.com

YOU CAN ACCESS EVERY ‘STATE OF THE FRANCHISE’ ARTICLE FOR FREE. // 2022 NFL Draft Top Prospects: DEFENSIVE PLAYERSWRS, OL, TES, QBS, RBS

With Super Bowl LVI and the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine in the rearview and the 2022 NFL Draft on the horizon (April 28th), it’s time to look toward the next group of talent to hit the pro ranks. Below is our rankings list of the top prospects at the offensive lineman position in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

To make our rankings we reviewed all the major rankings out there [cbssports.com & nfldraftbuzz.com]. We then allocated points to each player in each ranking to come up with the most comprehensive list with the highest power.

Check back with us after the draft for our thoughts and fantasy football projections.

Top 20 Offensive Linemen in the 2022 NFL Draft

Ht: 6′ 7 1/2”     Wt: 337 lbs
Arms: 34”  Hands: 10 1/8”
School: Alabama
Prospect Grade: 6.76 
Next Gen Score: 95

Player Analysis

Three-year starter with rare combination of measurables, talent and pedigree. Neal has experience against the best competition the college game has to offer. He has started at both left and right tackle and should project on the left side if he can continue to manage his weight. While he has flashes of greatness on tape, he doesn’t always maintain that level throughout a game. Intensity and consistency are two areas that will be key in matching performance with profile. Technique has been drilled into him and Neal plays with good fundamentals across the board. He’s well-versed and capable in a variety of run schemes and has correctable areas of improvement in pass protection. Neal will come into the league as a good NFL starter, but greatness will require additional attitude and action.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 307 lbs
Arms: 34 1/2”  Hands: 10 3/4”
School: Mississippi State
Prospect Grade: 6.44 
Next Gen Score: 91

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.95 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     26
Broad Jump:        112
3 Cone Drill:         7.88
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.61
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Two-year starter who plays with a high level of consistency from game to game, no matter the opponent. Cross is an average athlete but he’s strong, plays to his length and has sticky, strong hands. Despite limited starting experience, he’s well-schooled and knows how to play. He has average slide range, so edge rockets are going to beat him to the top of the rush at times, but he does a nice job of utilizing length and footwork to recover when beaten. He plays with strong, inside hands and a broad, powerful core. He’s an ace at neutralizing power rushers and is above average in sustain and finish modes as a drive blocker. Cross’ play strength, hand placement and body control should allow for a relatively smooth transition into the league, where he can become a good, long-time starter at either tackle position.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Ht: 6′ 2”     Wt: 296 lbs
Arms: 31 1/8”  Hands: 10”
School: Iowa
Prospect Grade: 6.70 
Next Gen Score: 99

Player Analysis

Linderbaum has Pro Bowl potential but needs to be matched with a move-based rushing attack. He has the foot quickness and GPS to consistently find top positioning in the first phase of the block. He plays with leverage and body control to sustain and keep the running lane open. However, his size will make block finishing somewhat hit or miss and he will need help against some of the bigger defenders lining up across from him. Teams with certain size standards might pass on him but his tenacity and talent make him a can’t-miss prospect if matched in the right scheme.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 4”     Wt: 310 lbs
Arms: 34”  Hands: 10 1/4”
School: N.C. State
Prospect Grade: 6.73 
Next Gen Score: 91

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.93 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     29
Broad Jump:        108
3 Cone Drill:         7.82
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.73
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

A gentleman in class and killer on the grass, Ekwonu goes from amiable to angry once he steps foot on the field. He’s a long-limbed athlete and scheme-diverse run blocker with the potential to win with positioning or force. He has a highlight reel full of violent strikes and finishes but needs to cut his aggression with a little more control. The pass protection has seen rough patches over the last two years and that might continue until his hands and feet start working in unison. Punch timing and independent hands should bring immediate improvement, but getting him to play with better focus and control in his pass sets will take time. The football character and urgent field demeanor make it easier to grade the traits and anticipate him landing closer to his ceiling than his floor as either a guard or tackle.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Drafted

Ht: 6′ 4”     Wt: 323 lbs
Arms: 34 1/8”  Hands: 10 3/8”
School: Texas A&M
Prospect Grade: 6.45 
Next Gen Score: 84

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.24 
Bench Press:         20
Vertical Jump:     26
Broad Jump:        102
3 Cone Drill:         
20 Yd Shuttle:      5.12
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Guard prospect with NFL-ready frame who plays with an impressive level of consistency as a run blocker. Green moves defenders from Point A to Boint B against their will, using hand technique and road-grading leg drive. He possesses adequate foot quickness to operate in a variety of run schemes, but needs to eliminate his tendency to grab when his opponent is slipping away from the block. He has pop and anchor in pass protection, but lacks recognition and mirror technique needed to be at his best against athletic interior rushers. While green has some areas to improve, his run blocking can be dominant, which gives him a chance to become a good starter very quickly.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 6”     Wt: 303 lbs
Arms: 32 7/8”  Hands: 10 1/4”
School: Central Michigan
Prospect Grade: 6.39 
Next Gen Score: 78

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.05 
Bench Press:         30
Vertical Jump:     30.5
Broad Jump:        117
3 Cone Drill:         7.46
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.49
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

With alluring athleticism and an impressive skill set, Raimann is just scratching the surface of his potential. His initial transition from tight end to left tackle occurred in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making his rapid transformation fairly remarkable. He is a much better technician than he should be at this stage, but his approach is also mechanical and he could struggle against sophisticated edge defenders until he learns to diversify his pass sets and hand usage. Raimann’s instincts and fundamentals at the position are still in a developmental phase so bumps in the road are expected, but his best football is ahead of him and he should become a long-time starter at left tackle.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Ht: 6′ 7”     Wt: 325 lbs
Arms: 34 1/4”  Hands: 10 1/8”
School: Northern Iowa
Prospect Grade: 6.40 
Next Gen Score: 85

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.89 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     28
Broad Jump:        111
3 Cone Drill:         7.25
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.62
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Three-year starter at left tackle with outstanding measurables on a low-cut, well-built frame. Penning plays with a level of disgust for anyone lining up against him and seeks out violent block finishes when possible. He’s athletic enough to block on the move and has the potential to shine as a powerful drive blocker. Size, length and know-how have been more than enough to ward off FCS pass rushers, but he needs to operate with better inside-out positioning while developing much firmer edges to succeed against a more talented group of quarterback hunters. Penning has both traits and toughness but the tape can leave you wanting just a little more from him. He should become an instant starter at left or right tackle but the jump in competition will take time to navigate.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 8”     Wt: 384 lbs
Arms: 35 1/8”  Hands: 11”
School: Minnesota
Prospect Grade: 6.28 
Next Gen Score: 77

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:       
Bench Press:         24
Vertical Jump:    
Broad Jump:        
3 Cone Drill:         
20 Yd Shuttle:      
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Enormous right tackle prospect who often feels like he’s going through an internal checklist of movements rather than cutting it loose and playing. Faalele has been able to overwhelm and move opponents with his sheer mass but might need a little more spice in his play demeanor to become a more willful, nasty block finisher against NFL linemen. He’s ready to stuff a face-up rush attack right now, but lacks the lateral change-of-direction quickness to succeed if left out on an island against speed. He’s played just four total seasons of competitive football so his instincts and technique will continue to sharpen. The key to Faalele’s NFL success will be directly tied to how teams accentuate his strengths and mask his weaknesses with coaching and scheme.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 322 lbs
Arms: 35”  Hands: 11 1/4”
School: Kentucky
Prospect Grade: 6.24 
Next Gen Score: 75

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.31 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     25
Broad Jump:        99
3 Cone Drill:         8.11
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.96
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Three-year starter at right tackle with a right guard projection, Kinnard possesses a thick-boned frame that is very girthy but well proportioned. He’s not a bad athlete but faces limitations with lateral and recovery movements. A transition inside should allow for more advantageous positioning as both a drive blocker and in pass protection. Kinnard is an all-day mauler relying heavily upon a nasty demeanor and physical advantages to overwhelm opponents. However, he could see a substantial downturn in success rate at the pro level unless he spends more time and energy improving his hand usage, footwork and overall technique.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 3”     Wt: 312 lbs
Arms: 34”  Hands: 10 5/8”
School: Boston College
Prospect Grade: 6.34 
Next Gen Score: 88

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.18 
Bench Press:         32
Vertical Jump:     32
Broad Jump:        112
3 Cone Drill:         7.38
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.46
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

The phrase “phone booth guard” was made for Johnson thanks to his wide, girthy frame and immense playing power. Johnson has experience at tackle, but he’s clearly an interior blocker on the next level. He has knock-back pop at the point of attack with the ability to win the block in a test of strength. In space, his limitations become obvious. He’ll need to fit into the right scheme that takes advantage of what he does well and diminishes the athletic limitations. He has a ceiling of starting guard in the NFL, but his ability to deal with the athleticism of NFL defensive linemen on all three downs is a concern both as a run blocker and in pass protection.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 316 lbs
Arms: 33 5/8”  Hands: 10 3/4”
School: Ohio State
Prospect Grade: 6.23 
Next Gen Score: 76

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.14 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     24.5
Broad Jump:        103
3 Cone Drill:         
20 Yd Shuttle:      
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Talented, athletic left tackle prospect who needs more time to develop before he’s ready for next-level edge attacks. Petit-Frere possesses clutch strength and mirror quickness in pass pro but is soft on his edges, which will be identified and attacked until his play strength and hand-fighting improve. His inability to stalemate stronger players with consistency is a real concern in any scheme. He has plus play traits at a high-priority position but erratic reps against Michigan’s power and Penn State’s quickness generate a “buyer beware” label on a high-floor, low-ceiling left tackle with Day 2 value.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 324 lbs
Arms: 34”  Hands: 10 3/4”
School: Tulsa
Prospect Grade: 6.33 
Next Gen Score: 78

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.02 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     27.5
Broad Jump:        105
3 Cone Drill:         7.78
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.65
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Power merchant who plays the game with a field demeanor that can work in his favor on one play and against him on the next snap. Smith is able to displace defenders as a run blocker despite lacking proper hand usage for leverage. He’s explosive and athletic but struggles to sustain and finish what he starts. He’s too quick to discard any semblance of technique in favor of bear-hugging the opponent and drawing a penalty. A move from tackle to guard would allow teams to feature his downhill power in the rushing attack while reducing exposure in pass protection. The holes in his game can all be filled if he accepts coaching and brings it to the field on Sundays. There is some bust potential present, but the ceiling could draw a team to him on Day 2 of the draft.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 5”      Wt: 321 lbs
Arms: 32 3/8”   Hands: 11 1/8”
School: UCLA
Prospect Grade: 6.14 
Next Gen Score: 74

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.25 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     33.5
Broad Jump:        110
3 Cone Drill:         7.55
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.81
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Ht: 6′ 6”      Wt: 307 lbs
Arms: 33 1/2”   Hands: 10”
School: Louisiana
Prospect Grade: 6.20 
Next Gen Score: 75

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.32 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     25
Broad Jump:        106
3 Cone Drill:         8.09
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.65
60 Yd Shuttle:      

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Ht: 6′ 3”      Wt: 311 lbs
Arms: 33 1/8”   Hands: 10 1/4”
School: Memphis
Prospect Grade: 6.20 
Next Gen Score: 80

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.93 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     26.5
Broad Jump:        108
3 Cone Drill:         7.78
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.7
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Ht: 6′ 5”      Wt: 312 lbs
Arms: 32 1/4”   Hands: 9 3/4”
School: Central Michigan
Prospect Grade: 6.22 
Next Gen Score: 76

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:       
Bench Press:         26
Vertical Jump:     
Broad Jump:        
3 Cone Drill:         
20 Yd Shuttle:      
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Ht: 6′ 3”      Wt: 314 lbs
Arms: 31 7/8”   Hands: 9 5/8”
School: Virginia Tech
Prospect Grade: 5.93 
Next Gen Score: 69

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.18 
Bench Press:         23
Vertical Jump:     
Broad Jump:        99
3 Cone Drill:         7.88
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.78
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Ht: 6′ 4”      Wt: 304 lbs
Arms: 33 1/4”   Hands: 10 3/8”
School: Wake Forest
Prospect Grade: 6.10 
Next Gen Score: 69

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.94 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     33
Broad Jump:        118
3 Cone Drill:         7.32
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.47
60 Yd Shuttle:      

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Ht: 6′ 5”      Wt: 311 lbs
Arms: 34 1/8”   Hands: 10”
School: Tennessee
Prospect Grade: 5.95 
Next Gen Score: 67

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      5.24 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     26
Broad Jump:        102
3 Cone Drill:         7.57
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.71
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Ht: 6′ 6”      Wt: 315 lbs
Arms: 33 7/8”   Hands: 10 1/2”
School: Washington State
Prospect Grade: 6.15 
Next Gen Score: 75

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.92 
Bench Press:         24
Vertical Jump:     27
Broad Jump:        107
3 Cone Drill:         7.25
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.4
60 Yd Shuttle:      

SHARE

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on reddit
Share on skype
Share on email
Share on print

Who are your favorite offensive linemen in the 2022 NFL Draft? Where are their best fits? Where do you want them to go? Share your thoughts and analysis.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
the endorsement

Heavily researched. Thoroughly vetted.

THE ENDORSEMENT

BY OMNICORE     Nov 26, 2021

THE ENDORSEMENT

BY CALIFORNIA WINE CLUB     Nov 26, 2021

the getaway
tasty

Eating well shouldn’t feel like work.

best of 2022
the latest

JOIN THE CLUB!

You’ll get a weekly e-mail that includes:

~ Top 10 news stories of the week ~

~ Exclusive deals from our partners & affiliates ~

~ Lottery credits for our prize giveaways ~

&

~ MORE ~