Could Cleveland’s O-Line be the Best in the NFL?

Remember a few years back the Browns offensive line didn’t win to many battles in the trenches? We have seen what a bad offensive lines can do to Quarterbacks and it’s not a pretty sight. Those days are behind us and the key to a winning team is their offensive line and we got a pretty good group here in Cleveland.

Alex Mack

The Browns traded back a few times in the 2009 draft to finally select Alex Mack. Mack started all 16 games for the Browns last season. He did make a few rookie mistakes this past season but seemed to work them out over the course his first year. He is entering into his second season and should be a rock on this line for this year and years to come.

Eric Steinbach

The Guard from Iowa is entering his fourth year as a Brown. He started all but two games since he joined the team in 2007. Steinbach struggled a little bit last season but overall had another good year for the team and should continue his success in 2010.

John St. Clair

St. Clair is entering his 12thyear in the league and second here in Cleveland. St. Clair seemed to struggle last season with the Browns. Hopefully the veteren Tackle can rebound from last years struggles and compete this year for a starting position. John would start on many offensive lines in the league and at least adds depth to the position for the Browns.

Tony Pashos

Pashos is playing for his fourthteam in seven years after being drafted by  the Ravens in 2003. Tony has had a problem with injuries in the past but (I know it is a huge but) if he can stay healthy should could be a Starter on the Line. He is an aggressive and talented lineman that can help this football team this season.

Joe Thomas

The name says it all. If not the best Tackle in the NFL no question top 5 best offensive linemen in the league. Joe only gave up one sack last season and has anchored the Browns offensive line since the team drafted him. The kid from Wisconsin has been the Browns best draft pick since the team has returned in 99.

Floyd Womack

“Pork Chop” started nine games for the team in 2009. He adds depth to the position and is an experienced player who can still play the game at a pretty high level. Womack like St. Clair would start for a lot of offensive lines across the league.

Eric Ghiaciuc

Ghiaciuc was drafted by the Bengals in 2005 and started all 16 games for the team in 2008. Ghiaciuc was signed by the Browns to add depth to the O-line and back up Alex Mack. Eric can also play guard and should contribute in 2010.

Shawn Lauvao

Lauvao drafted in the second round from Arizona State could compete for a starting job with the team at some point this season. Lauvao is 6?2 315 Ilbs and is a football player that can play his position. The team has veterans that should show the Shawn the ropes of being an NFL lineman. I expect Lauvao to start for this football team next to Alex Mack.

The Browns have  couple undrafted guys trying to make the team this season. A couple names to remember are Billy Yates and Joel Reindeers. Reindeers is 6-7 320 Ilbs and looks like a football player.

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4 Responses to “Could Cleveland’s O-Line be the Best in the NFL?”

  1. StClairSux says:

    St. Clair is absolute garbage. That guy is good for at least one false start a game. He’s the worst offensive lineman since the Browns came back in ’99.

  2. The Guru says:

    Doesn’t matter. Until Cleveland has a passing game, the run will only carry you so far (no pun intended). Look what happened when Carolina’s incredible run game failed to move them forward, because of Jake’s inefficiency. And let me think….who is starting in Cleveland….???

  3. schafrath says:

    The Browns o-line ranked 28th last year despite the presence of Thomas (best LT in NFL) and Mack – the rest of the line was and remains putrid.

  4. Left side may be the best in football. Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach can just flat out move people. Alex Mack looks like he’ll be a pro-bowl center before too long, but let’s not jump to that conclusion just after one season. The right side was absolutely atrocious last season and I don’t know the Browns did enough in the offseason to improve. Until they can find an air game, they will be running the ball heavily with the likes of Jerome Harrison, James Davis, and rookie Montario Hardesty. Don’t forget about Cribbs out of the wildcat either, cause opposing defensive coordinators sure won’t.