Top 10 in 2014: The best interior offensive linemen in the NFL today

Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.

Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.

Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.

Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?

Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every positions – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.

The series continues with a position that is perhaps the most overlooked and under-appreciated in today’s NFL – interior offensive linemen. Skill position players get all of the glory. Offensive tackles get the big contracts. And the guys truly in the trenches, the centers and guards, only get attention when they are getting flagged for some sort of infraction. But they are vital to a team’s success.

Let the debate begin!


10. Travis Frederick

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The Cowboys hit a home run with this first-round pick

When a team takes an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft, the fan base typically yawns; they want excitement and flashy highlights. When that player is a center, there’s a borderline revolt; that’s a position typically reserved for late-round selections and undrafted free agents. But the Cowboys found a gem with the 31st overall pick in 2013, landing a future anchor in the middle out of Wisconsin.

9. Max Unger

Unger has blossomed the past two seasons

Unger fits the mold of a typical center. He’s a converted guard, meaning that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get on the field. And he’s a little bit of a late bloomer, having been a fairly pedestrian player during his first three seasons in Seattle. But during the past two campaigns, when the fortunes of the Seahawks have really taken off, he’s been in the middle of the success, posting back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons.


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  • Stunned

    Appallingly bad.

  • Lo

    Sitton hasn’t played tackle since college.

  • todd

    LOLOLOL. He helped panthers excel to the 26th Ranked Offense in the NFL.

    • Illiterate or Ignorant?

      Maybe you are reading the wrong article; this ranks individual linemen, not offensives. Before you make yourself look like a clown, go read and their analysis. Not only did he make all-pro (this means that NFL professionals believe that he was top-2 at his position fyi), but he had one of the best individual pff grades (this means that independent analysts have statistics that put him at the top).

  • James

    You left Yanda off this list because…?

  • Eddie

    I don’t normally comment on these but the rankings lists they have here are absolutely awful.Just terrible

  • Alec

    where the f**k is John Sullivan? who has been one of the best centers in the NFL for 3 years now

  • Anonymous

    i like how they list gronk as 2nd best te….but miss pouncey (steelers version) completely ourt of top ten. i’m pretty sure hes made the pro bowl every year but last year(hurt) and is now the highest paid center in the history of the league (wonder why that is???)