NFL Draft: Broncos, Ravens offensive lines among most impacted

How do 2017 NFL Draft picks affect your team's offensive line? Here we project Week 1 starting OL units for the teams that invested in their lines during the draft.

The 2017 NFL Draft saw offensive linemen wait to be selected longer than any year since the merger. Yet the draft still resulted in several great player-team fits that should impact starting units immediately.

As we do within the mere hours and days following the NFL Draft, let's get to projecting lineups for Week 1 and cascade effects for teams that bolstered their offensive fronts.

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Bold for players who did not take more than 50 percent of snaps or start Week 1 with the same team in the previous year; asterisks for rookies.

NFL Draft: Offensive line picks, impact for 2017

Denver Broncos

Pick: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

Coach John Elway and GM Vance Joseph say Bolles will compete for the left tackle job, but draft capital and reported attempts to trade for Joe Thomas suggest they're actively avoiding a season of Donald Stephenson or Ty Sambrailo protecting the blind side.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Bolles*

LG Leary

C Paradis

RG Garcia

RT Watson


New Orleans Saints

Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

New Orleans just gave Larry Warford $34 million to play right guard, and Zach Strief is an above-average stalwart at right tackle. Much like Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat before him, Ramczyk is most likely to enter Week 1 as an understudy to a veteran and first off the bench — with the intention of eventually replacing Strief.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Armstead

LG Peat

C Unger

RG Warford

RT Strief

Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

The Branden Albert trade counted more than $7 million against Jacksonville's 2017 cap. The Jags also invested a recent third-rounder in right guard A.J. Cann and $6.5 million in right tackle Jermey Parnell for 2017. Robinson likely competes at left guard for now with an eye on Albert's left tackle spot for 2018.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Albert

LG Robinson*

C Linder

RG Cann

RT Parnell

Los Angeles Chargers

Picks: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Michigan; Dan Feeney, G, Indiana; Sam Tevi, OT, Utah

The departure of right guard D.J. Fluker made San Diego and Lamp an ideal fit. A second early-round guard in Feeney suggests Orlando Franklin's starting role will see a challenge. Currently graded 66th among guards by Pro Football Focus, Franklin could become well-paid depth.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Okung

LG Feeney*

C Slauson

RG Lamp*

RT Barksdale

Seattle Seahawks

Picks: Ethan Pocic, C, LSU; Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State

Pocic didn't give up a single QB hit last season (per PFF), which must encourage Russell Wilson even though that stat comes from the center position and at the collegiate level. This still spells an upgrade from the recent state of Seattle's offensive line, which could see Pocic play almost anywhere (Seattle announced him at tackle).

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Joeckel

LG Glowinski

C Britt

RG Ifedi

RT Pocic*

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Buffalo Bills

Pick: Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple

Buffalo has sported the same left tackle-to-right guard quartet since 2015, and it has served them well. Right tackle has remained the weak link, and the Bills decisively addressed it with draft capital, though incumbent Jordan Mills may challenge in camp.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Glenn

LG Incognito

C Wood

RG Miller

RT Dawkins*


Carolina Panthers

Pick: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan

With Michael Oher's concussion issues placing him in limbo, Carolina's early-round snag at right tackle comes as no surprise. The Panthers have gotten by with mediocre OL bookends. Now they face a wide range of outcomes, as 2012 first-rounder Matt Kalil seeks his old form and Moton tries to hit the ground running.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT M. Kalil

LG Norwell

C R. Kalil

RG Turner

RT Moton*

Minnesota Vikings

Picks: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State; Danny Isidora, G, Miami (Fla.)

Poor protection forced Minnesota into recording the league's lowest average depth of target (per PFF). Sam Bradford still got sacked less than just five other quarterbacks. A pair of interior linemen via draft and bookend tackles via free agency show an urgent effort, though Alex Boone's $6.7 million hit for 2017 likely assures him left guard entering the season.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Reiff

LG Boone

C Elflein*

RG Berger

RT Remmers

New England Patriots

Pick: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

New England found its starting five in September and rode that group to a title. Garcia only joins the effort in 2017 if other linemen go down.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Solder

LG Thuney

C Andrews

RG Mason

RT Cannon

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Arizona Cardinals

Picks: Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh; Will Holden OT, Vanderbilt

Johnson reportedly fell this far due to concerns with a liver issue. If healthy, he should slot in at starting right guard, as the Cardinals placed major investments in their other guard and tackle spots.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Humphries

LG Iupati

C Shipley

RG Johnson*

RT Veldheer

Baltimore Ravens

Picks: Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State; Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M

Baltimore has seen an exodus of formerly top-end offensive linemen in recent years and have spent mid-round capital to help rebuild its line. Coach John Harbaugh says he wants Siragusa to compete at center, and Eluemunor is in the mix at a thin right tackle spot.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Stanley

LG Lewis

C Siragusa*

RG Yanda

RT Eluemunor*

Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Sean Harlow, OT, Oregon State

Chris Chester retired, and the Falcons only added cheap depth in free agency, signaling right guard would be a target in the NFL Draft. Harlow potentially will compete with Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland — who have no starting experience — and free agent acquisition Hugh Thornton, coming in at low investment. It should be Harlow's gig to lose.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Matthews

LG Levitre

C Mack

RG Harlow*

RT Schraeder

Miami Dolphins

Pick: Isaac Asiata, G, Utah

Asiata could compete for either guard role, though starting left guard is a bit more likely for Week 1. Right guard Jermon Bushrod enters camp as the only true incumbent Dolphins starter at guard.

Projected Week 1 OL:

LT Tunsil

LG Asiata*

C Pouncey

RG Bushrod

RT James

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Remaining Day 3 NFL Draft OL picks

— The Raiders will sit David Sharpe and Jylan Ware behind a top-five starting line in 2017.

Texans OL Julie'n Davenport is considered more of a long-term project and unlikely to unseat incumbent right tackle Chris Clark by Week 1.

Browns VP of player personnel Andrew Berry says Roderick Johnson will understudy Joe Thomas at left tackle.

Colts pick Zach Banner lists himself at tackle. He played right tackle in college and seems most likely to enter Week 1 behind 2016 third-rounder Le'Raven Clark.

— Jordan Morgan (Bears), JJ Dielman (Bengals), Chase Roullier (Washington), Adam Bisnowaty (Giants), Conor McDermot (Patriots), Kofi Amichia (Packers), Corey Levin (Titans), Brad Seaton (Titans) and Kyle Fuller (Texans) have extremely low odds of starting by Week 1 of 2017.


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