Pro Football Focus ranks three SEC West offensive lines as the nation's best
When you think of big, bruising offensive lines, you think of the SEC West.
In a division with the best defenses in the country, the offensive lines have to be stout as well in order to move the football.
Pro Football Focus rated the top 10 offensive lines in college football on Thursday, listing three SEC West squads in the top-three spots.
LSU checked in at No. 1, followed by Auburn at No. 2 and Alabama at No. 3. Based on each team’s success running the ball in 2016, none of the choices are surprising.
Pro Football Focus praised LSU’s interior linemen, starting with C Ethan Pocic:
The interior of the line is what sets LSU apart, starting with Ethan Pocic, who ranks fifth among centers at 84.2 overall, while guard Josh Boutte has the nation’s No. 6 grade at 84.8 overall, including an 87.1 grade as a run-blocker that ranks third. The other guard spot is manned by Will Clapp, who checks in with a strong 78.4 grade, highlighted with an 86.4 mark in pass protection.
The top non-SEC offensive line belongs to undefeated Western Michigan.