Packers: David Bakhtiari cracks top three in offensive tackle rankings

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: David Bakhtiari
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Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari
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5. Andrew Whitworth (LA Rams)

Whitworth is definitely an outlier on this list as he is six years older than the next oldest. Whitworth had a incredible 2017 season despite his age and the fact that he switched teams in the 2017 offseason. His impact on both Jared Goff and Todd Gurley has been very noticeable.

4. Trent Williams (Washington Redskins)

Williams has been one of the only stable forces in a very unstable organization over the last few years. He is one of the best all-around lineman in the league and he may finally have a good running back with Derrius Guice this season.

3. Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys)

It’s hard to believe that Smith is only 27; it seems like he has been in the league forever. Smith regressed a little bit from previous seasons in 2017, but that is likely due to the fact that he was battling through injuries.

Smith is a great player on a great offensive line, and when he missed time last year it definitely had a impact on both Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. If Smith is healthy this year, expect a third-year resurgence from both of them.

2. David Bakhtiari (Green Bay Packers)

Bakhtiari is the best tackle in the league when it comes to pass protection. His job of protecting Aaron Rodgers‘ blindside is incredibly challenging.

Rodgers is unpredictable in the way he moves around the pocket pre-throw and you never really know what he is going to do, yet Bakhtiari still manages to dominate opposing pass rushers. He also improved in run blocking last year. Don’t be shocked if he is number one on these rankings next year. He is one of the best picks of Ted Thompson‘s tenure.

1. Lane Johnson (Philadelphia Eagles)

Johnson excels when he plays both left and right tackle, and he is the best all-around offensive lineman in the league. He was one of the main reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles had their improbable Super Bowl victory last year.

He is similar to David Bakhtiari in the fact that both of them excel at blocking for erratic quarterbacks. Johnson has the edge over Bakhtiari, because I think he is a better run blocker and is a better all-around athlete than Bakhtiari. If Johnson can stay healthy, he has first ballot Hall-of-Fame potential.

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