Individual Position Rankings

Ranked in terms of talent and potential impact, here’s how the SEC’s top offensive linemen stack up this season:

Just outside the Top 5: Vadal Alexander, LSU; Corey Robinson, South Carolina; Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M; Evan Boehm, Mizzou; David Andrews, Georgia; Austin Shepherd, Alabama; Dillon Day, Mississippi St.

5. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss: One of only two true freshmen in school history to earn All-SEC honors as a rookie, Tunsil is the league’s top sophomore blocker, a future pro if he continues to develop as a next-level talent. Tunsil played in all 12 games and made nine starts at left tackle for the Rebels in 2013, allowing just one sack. The most impressive player along Matt Luke’s offensive line, Tunsil will lead his team into several nationally-ranked battles this season as one of the SEC’s best young players.

4. A.J. Cann, South Carolina: Gamecock fans have reason to be excited this season — Cann’s the anchor along what South Carolina’s coaching staff is expecting to be the most talented offensive line during the Steve Spurrier era, certainly the most experienced. The permanent team captain’s made a program-high 38 starts and paired with Brandon Shell and Corey Robinson, presents a monstrous challenge (988 combined pounds of force) for opposing defenders. Here’s a recent photo posted by Cann’s position coach, Shawn Elliott, making the rounds on Twitter. Dude’s excited about his cast of BIG uglies.

3. Reese Dismukes, Auburn: This three-year vet and Rimington Trophy favorite is coming off his best season as a collegian, earning All-SEC honors at center for the country’s top rushing offense. Dismukes will have to pick up some of the slack up front for the defending SEC champs in his final campaign after offseason back surgery sidelined Alex Kozan, an all-league rising sophomore at guard, for the season.

2. La’el Collins, LSU: One of the top left tackles in all of college football, Collins is back for his senior season after testing draft waters but deciding to stay after seven other teammates declared early. recently ranked Collins and guard Vadal Alexander as the top offensive line duo in the SEC. Inexperienced at quarterback, LSU’s young passers are in good hands with four returning starters up front.

1. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M: Man, the Aggies really know how to develop and churn out top-flight offensive linemen. Likely the Aggies’ third consecutive Top 10 draft pick at his position in 2015, this three-year starter’s more athletic than previous all-league studs Jake Matthews and Luke Joekel, though not as polished. His upside’s tremendous at the next level, but Texas A&M wanted him to return so badly for his senior campaign that the Aggies reportedly took care of the $50,000 bill for his personal injury insurance policy. Expect Ogbuehi to flatten many oncoming rushers this fall.