Skill position players are incredibly important for an effective offense, but most football fans would agree that games are truly won and lost in the trenches. Having a strong offensive line is absolutely crucial to a team's success, and luckily for NFL teams in need of some help up front, the 2020 free agent market has some quality linemen that could easily be integral pieces for a strong offensive front.
With that in mind, here are the five best offensive linemen expected to hit free agency in 2020.
5. Kelvin Beachum, RT, New York Jets
He may have missed three games this year, but Kelvin Beachum was easily the New York Jets' best offensive lineman in 2019, earning a team-best 65.8 overall grade from Pro Football Focus (PFF). While he's by no means an elite blindside protector, the 30-year-old tackle is steady in pass protection, battle-tested (99 career starts), durable (four games missed in last four seasons) and versatile enough to play on either side of the offensive line.
4. Brandon Scherff, G, Washington Redskins
Injuries have been an issue for Brandon Scherff over the last three seasons (15 games missed since 2017), but when he's healthy, he's hands-down one of the best guards in the league. The three-time Pro Bowler was in the middle of a solid 2019 season before he was placed on IR, finishing the year with a 75.0 overall grade from PFF. A complete interior lineman that especially excels in the running game, the 28-year-old talent should be in high demand this offseason — even with his injury history.
3. Jack Conklin, RT, Tennessee Titans
He may not have any Pro Bowl selections to his name, but Jack Conklin has one thing that no player on this list can also lay claim to: a First Team All-Pro selection (2016). The fourth-year pro had another excellent year at right tackle for the Tennessee Titans, earning a 74.7 overall grade from PFF for 2019. Conklin is an solid all-around lineman that's especially strong in pass protection, which should put him on several teams' radars this offseason.
2. Bryan Bulaga, RT, Green Bay Packers
It's hard to believe how much Bryan Bulaga has flown under the radar since entering the league in 2010, but he may finally get the respect he deserves once free agency starts this offseason. The 30-year-old tackle had yet another excellent year in 2019, particularly as a run blocker, earning a 76.9 overall grade from PFF. The former Iowa standout is one of the few right tackles in the league who excels in all aspects of the game and, unless the Green Bay Packers lock him down, he should be in incredibly high demand this offseason.
1. Anthony Castonzo, LT, Indianapolis Colts
He's not exactly a household name outside of Indianapolis, but Anthony Castonzo could be the most sought-after lineman on the market this offseason. The 31-year-old left tackle arguably had his best season to date — particularly in pass protection — in 2019 and is the highest-graded lineman on this list, finishing the year with an 81.6 grade from PFF. Quality left tackles like Castonzo are rarely available on the free agent market and in today's NFL, and protecting the quarterback is an absolute must. Unless the Indianapolis Colts lock him up before he can test the waters, expect the former Boston College standout to be in for a heavy contract offer this offseason.
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