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2016’s NFL Top Free Agent Offensive Linemen

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Offensive line is one of the most talented position groups in free agency this year. It is littered with fantastic and solid players who can start and make a huge impact right away. If your team is looking for help on the offensive line, they will have a big opportunity to fill that hole in free agency.

  1. Kelechi Osemele, Baltimore Ravens- Osemele is a dominant offensive guard who has shown the ability to play outside at offensive tackle. He moves defenders unlike most lineman in the league and he plays with a nasty demeanor. He is also scheme diverse; therefore, he should have plenty of suitors in free agency. Expect someone to break the bank on him during the early stages of free agency. Team Fits: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders
  2. Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills- Glenn has steadily improved every year and there are many who think he is a top-10 offensive tackle in the league. He is a smooth mover in space and he does a great job in run blocking. It isn’t often that you see a top-10 offensive tackle make it to free agency, which means he should get a significant contract in free agency. Team Fits: Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins
  3. Kelvin Beachum, Pittsburgh Steelers- Beachum is coming off a torn ACL, but he is still worth a significant investment. Doesn’t allow a ton of pressure and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pass protection suffered when he was out of the lineup. Because of a torn ACL, he could possibly be acquired at a discount. Team Fits: New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos
  4. Mitchell Schwartz, Cleveland Browns- One of the most improved players in the NFL, Schwartz deserves to get a significant pay increase this offseason. Among many other things, Schwartz held vaunted pass-rusher, Von Miller, in check when the two locked horns last year. Team Fits: New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders
  5. Donald Penn, Oakland Raiders- Probably the most underrated offensive tackle in football at this point in time, Penn is quite possibly the best run-blocking tackle in the NFL. Penn isn’t a fluid mover in pass protection, but he gets the job done with his length and strength. He has the ability to be a very good starting left tackle for some team. Team Fits: Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins
  6. Richie Incognito, Buffalo Bills- Last year, Incognito was one of the best offensive guards in the NFL. Unlike others on this list, Incognito can only play in power schemes as he doesn’t have the fluidity and movement skills to thrive in a zone scheme. With his history, it is hard to give Incognito a ton of money; therefore, he could be one of the steals of the free agency for a power team in need of a guard. Team Fits: Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers
  7. Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks- Okung is a rock solid offensive tackle who has been the only steady piece on a shaky Seattle Seahawks offensive line the last couple of years. Okung can play on the right or left side and he has the movement skills to work in a spread offense. He doesn’t have the power to consistently work downhill, but he is a good fit for a zone scheme that likes to get their linemen out and on the move. Okung is a good fit for teams who are looking to go bargain shopping in free agency this year. Team Fits: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins
  8. Brandon Brooks, Houston Texans- In 2013 and 2014, Brooks was a top-10 offensive guard in the NFL; however, he saw a significant dip in his performance in 2015. Teams will have to find out the reason for that dip in performance and figure out if they can rectify that issue. If they can, they are getting one of the best young guards in the NFL at a decent price. Team Fits: Houston Texans, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  9. Ramon Foster, Pittsburgh Steelers- Foster is as solid of an offensive guard as there is in the NFL. He can play on either side and he has the ability to play in any scheme. He isn’t the type of player who can elevate an entire offensive line’s play, but he can be a player who solidifies a line for the future. Team Fits: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks
  10. Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals- Smith is a player who has been inconsistent throughout his career. When he is on, he is one of the best right tackles in the league. When he’s not, he is struggling with injuries and a huge liability on the offensive line. He will be a huge risk to whoever acquires him in free agency. Team Fits: Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears

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About John Owning

John Owning

John Owning is a NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has years of experience covering the NFL, NFL draft and NCAA football. John's work has been featured on the Bleacher Report and DraftBreakdown.com