The Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line is a major strength on both sides of the ball, and the Bengals have done a solid job of developing the young pieces in recent years.
Offensive line coach Tom Clements is also credited with building the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line into one of the best in the NFL.
The Bengals have struggled to improve the line in recent seasons, with both Jahri Evans and Joe Thomas leaving and being replaced by rookies.
The line is the team’s most valuable asset in terms of offensive production, and there’s reason to believe Clements has the right personnel to do that.
Here are five of the most intriguing offensive linemen in the league.
Joe Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs: The Kansas City Royals are expected to start running the ball more, but they have to be careful not to get too greedy.
Thomas was named the team captain in 2014 and was named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2017.
He is considered one of best centers in the game.
Thomas has been a major contributor on special teams as well, earning second-team all-pro honors for the 2014 season.
He was named an All-NFL selection for the 2017 season.
Johnathan Hankins, San Francisco 49ers: Hankins is one of three NFL players to average a career-high 1,500-yard rushing season and 1,000-yard receiving season.
The other two were Joe Thomas and Joe Staley.
He has had a career year as a pass protector, which could help his production.
Nate Solder, Seattle Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks were a team that lacked a pass rush in the 2015 season, but Solder has taken the team to a new level since then.
He led the NFL with nine sacks, which led all defensive ends in the 2017 NFL season.
Nick Perry, Green Bay Packers: The Green Bay Steelers signed Perry in the offseason to replace the departed Joey Porter.
He earned the starting right tackle job in the Packers’ 4-3 scheme in 2018.
Perry has proven to be one of Green Bay’s best pass rushers.
Perry is considered to be a very good run blocker, too, and has shown good athleticism.
Joe Vellano, New York Jets: The New York Giants have a very similar scheme to the one that the Detroit Lions used during their dominant run to the Super Bowl in 2015.
Vellana, who is from New York, has been instrumental in the Giants’ success in the run game.
He had 12 sacks last season and had one sack in the playoffs.
David Yankey, Atlanta Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons signed Yankey in the off-season to replace Andre Smith.
The Falcons will rely on Yankey to play the run.
Yankey is a solid pass protector and has started all 32 games.
Ryan Ramczyk, Chicago Bears: Ramczyks was one of just two players drafted in the top 10 picks of the 2017 draft.
He’s coming off of a great season, and he’s coming back for a second.
The Packers’ offensive linemen have improved over the past two seasons, but Ramczes is the one who will be relied on to make plays on the ground.
Josh Boyd, San Diego Chargers: The San Diego Padres have a number of options in the defensive backfield, including Boyd, who had 11 sacks in 2017, one of four players to have at least 10 sacks last year.
David DeCastro, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Tampa Bay Buccos have struggled in the running game and the offensive line, but DeCastrod is a player that has been able to make big plays in the backfield and has a strong arm for a player his size.
Alex Mack, New Orleans Saints: Mack is the most athletic player on the Saints.
He’ll be coming off a career season, which should help his productivity.
Mack has a lot of potential and has the talent to develop into a star.
David Bakhtiari, New England Patriots: The Patriots have been able the last few seasons to use Bakhtisiari to rush the passer, but the Patriots will need him to step up and help with the run defense.
Bakhtiiari had 14 sacks last offseason and is a leader on the defensive line.
Dontari Poe, Indianapolis Colts: The Indianapolis Colts had a rough season last year, but Poe is a big part of that.
He missed time with injuries last year and missed most of training camp.
Poe was the only player on a team to rush for at least 20 yards last season.
Matt Kalil, Minnesota Vikings: Kalil is the best player on this list, but he’s not alone.
The Minnesota Vikings have a lot in common with the New England Revolution.
They both have great offensive lines, but there is a difference in their offensive philosophies.
Jordan Mills, New Mexico State Cowboys: Mills