OL age and the NFL: 2012 edition

This will be my 3rd year doing this study, and for the third straight year I’ve found a number of interesting results.

First, a disclaimer: My specialty is the NFC East, and therefore, in the past I never trusted my own judgment in determining the starting 5′s along the offensive line for each of the other 28 teams.  Therefore, I had to contact writers for those 28 other teams looking for their input on who they projected to start along the OL’s of the various teams they wrote for.  To say that part of the process was a pain in the backside would be a monumental understatement.

This year I was able to avoid all of that, thanks to the good folks over at Ourlads, who have the most up to date depth charts that I’m aware of.  I was in contact with the people at Ourlads, and more specifically, the person in charge of their depth charts, and he explained that his methodology of publishing accurate depth charts was similar to mine, in that he enlisted the help of people who cover all 32 teams.  This time of year, he noted that there are sure to be errors deep into the 3rd strings, but he felt very good about the OL starters.  Obviously, training camp performances and injuries could change the landscape of various offensive lines around the league between now and the start of the season, and there may be some differences of opinion in some cases, but for the most part this is what it should look like on Week 1.

Let’s just get right to the results by team, and we’ll do the analysis after the jump.  Ages as of September 9, 2012 (Sunday of Week 1):

Rank Team Avg days on Earth Avg age
Oldest Ravens 11,638 31 years, 10 months, 11 days
2 Lions 11,417 31 years, 3 months, 2 days
3 Titans 11,221 30 years, 8 months, 20 days
4 Cardinals 10,997 30 years, 1 month, 8 days
5 Giants 10,978 30 years, 20 days
6 Patriots 10,859 29 years, 8 months, 23 days
7 Falcons 10,786 29 years, 6 months, 12 days
8 Jets 10,769 29 years, 5 months, 23 days
9 Texans 10,618 29 years, 25 days
10 Raiders 10,495 28 years, 8 months, 24 days
11 Redskins 10,394 28 years, 5 months, 14 days
12 Rams 10,360 28 years, 4 months, 11 days
13 Eagles 10,359 28 years, 4 months, 10 days
14 Bucs 10,307 28 years, 2 months, 19 days
N/A NFL Average 10,255 28 years, 28 days
15 Panthers 10,241 28 years, 14 days 
16 Bears 10,199 27 years, 11 months, 2 days
17 Bengals 10,177 27 years, 10 months, 11 days
18 49ers 10,110 27 years, 8 months, 5 days
19 Saints 10,107 27 years, 8 months, 2 days
20 Chargers 10,095 27 years, 7 months, 21 days
21 Jaguars 10,018 27 years, 5 months, 3 days
22 Dolphins 9,971 27 years, 3 months, 17 days
23 Packers 9,926 27 years, 2 months, 2 days
24 Chiefs 9,852 26 years, 11 months, 21 days
25 Bills 9,754 26 years, 8 months, 14 days
26 Seahawks 9,753 26 years, 8 months, 13 days
27 Cowboys 9,698 26 years, 6 months, 20 days
28 Colts 9,687 26 years, 6 months, 6 days
29 Broncos 9,624 26 years, 4 months, 4 days
30 Vikings 9,492 25 years, 11 months, 26 days
31 Browns 9,329 25 years, 6 months, 16 days
Youngest Steelers 8,933 24 years, 5 months, 14 days

Much more after the jump…

I figured I would just jump around randomly from team to team, noting what I see:

 

Ravens and Steelers:

I found it very interesting that the Ravens have the oldest offensive line in the league, with an average age of almost 32 years, while their biggest rival, the Steelers, have the youngest OL, with an average age of about 24.5 years.  The left side of the Ravens OL looks like this:

  • LT Bryant McKinnie: Turns 33 in September
  • LG Bobbie Williams: Turns 36 in September
  • C Matt Birk: 36

Those three players have all carved out excellent NFL careers, but it’s probably fair to say that they are all also in decline.  If one or more of them falls off sharply this season, the Ravens could be in big trouble.

Conversely, the Steelers are going with extreme youth, with two rookies (David DeCastro and Mike Adams) projected to start this season, along with a 2nd year player (Marcus Gilbert), and third year pro Maurkice Pouncey.  That is a boatload of inexperience, although if there’s a QB that has proven he can survive poor OL play (if need be), it’s Ben Roethlisberger.

Lions:

The Lions’ OL is the 2nd oldest in the league.  More importantly, they also have age throughout their entire line.  All 5 of their OL starters are among the older half of the league’s projected starters.  They have the 8th, 12th, 32nd, 64th, and 77th oldest starting offensive linemen in the league (out of 160).  Now, being old isn’t necessarily bad… as long as you can stay healthy, and as long as you don’t wear down toward the end of the season.  Otherwise, you better have depth.  Remarkably, this aging unit stayed healthy last year, as all five of their starters (Backus, Sims, Raiola, Peterman, Cherilus) all logged over 1000 snaps.  The Lions depth consists of rookie first round draft pick Riley Reiff, and then it’s the following group:

  • Jacques McLendon – Waived 2 times in career
  • Dan Gerberry – Waived 3 times in career
  • Dylan Gandy – Waived 4 times in career
  • Corey Hilliard – Waived 4 times in career
  • Johnny Culbreath – 2011 7th round pick
  • Jason Fox – 2010 4th round pick. Broke his foot in training camp, didn’t play any snaps, stuck on the roster until November, before he was eventually IR’d
  • JC Oram, and Rodney Austin – 2012 UDFAs

I’m not going to pretend I know a thing about Dan Gerberry’s or JC Oram’s levels of play, but the first thought that comes to mind when looking at that depth is “Ew.”  This is a potential season killer for Detroit if their OL can’t stay healthy like they did in 2011.

I will say this for the Lions – They do have continuity.  They are one of the few teams returning all 5 offensive line starters at the same positions.  However, the following team should serve as a cautionary tale of what can happen when your entire OL gets old simultaneously.

Cowboys:

The Cowboys are currently experiencing the nuclear fallout from ignoring their aging, declining OL. A timeline:

2008-2009

With an aging OL in place, the Cowboys had a total of 18 draft picks in 2008 and 2009.  With those 18 picks, they selected one offensive lineman, Robert Brewster.  Brewster is no longer with the team.

2010

In 2010, the Cowboys drafted one offensive lineman, Sam Young, in the 6th round.  Young, like Brewster, is no longer with the team.  They headed into the 2010 season with the oldest offensive line in the NFL.  Leonard Davis celebrated his 32nd birthday just before the start of the season, with Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier celebrating their 32nd birthdays shortly thereafter.  Andre Gurode was 31.  The one player that was still relatively young was the 26 year old Doug Free, who was taking over at LT for the departed Flozell Adams, who was 35.

The Cowboys were the overwhelming favorites to win the NFC East that season, but in what should have been a fairly predictable outcome, the offensive line went into a sharp decline and the the offense sputtered.  It didn’t help that the defense was surprisingly bad.  They finished that season 6-10.

2011

The following offseason, Jerry Jones made the obvious decision to cut bait with Colombo, Davis and Gurode, three players that were playing poorly and making far too much money.  The Cowboys were, in a way, forced into “going young” along their OL.  For the first time in 20+ years as the Cowboys’ GM, Jones spent a first round pick on an offensive lineman, scoring the extremely talented Tyron Smith out of USC.  They would take a couple more offensive linemen in the 4th and 7th rounds, grabbing David Arkin and Bill Nagy, respectively.  They also locked up Free to a long term deal, paying him $32 million over 4 years. It appeared that after years of ignoring the OL, it was finally becoming a priority, albeit way too late.

To begin the season, the Cowboys started two rookies: Nagy at LG, and Tyron Smith at RT. They also plugged in 2nd year player Phil Costa at center.  Kosier was moved from LG over to the right side to be sort of an “offensive tackle whisperer” for Smith.  In one offseason, they went from the oldest offensive line in the league to one of the youngest.

With so many new and unproven players inserted into the lineup, the Cowboys’ offensive line once again sputtered all season, this time even more predictably than in 2010.  Smith had a great rookie year, but the two other new pieces, Costa and Nagy, both had brutal seasons.  Costa’s poor play lasted 16 games, while Nagy’s bad season was cut short in Week 6, when he was lost for the season with a broken ankle.  Kosier’s decline and health issues continued.  Free, meanwhile, was a major disappointment, having a surprisingly bad season.  The Cowboys were learning that turning over a full offensive line in a short amount of time isn’t exactly easy.  They hit with one player, missed with two, and were heading into the 2012 once again needing to scramble to find answers.

2012

The Cowboys’ plan of attack for the OL in 2012, as usual, is puzzling to me.  First, they signed OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, a player that had a couple bad seasons in 2009 and 2010 in Carolina, who then lost his job in 2011. The Cowboys then went out and signed 30 year old Nate Livings, a player that Bengals fans by and large were more than happy to see leave. With Livings and Bernadeau in place, the team felt comfortable cutting Kosier.  On the outside, the plan is to flip-flop Smith and Free, with Smith moving from RT to LT, and vice versa.  For now, Costa is penciled in at center. No offensive linemen were drafted.

So what does all of this mean?  It means an almost complete lack of continuity along the Cowboys OL:

Cowboys 2010 2011 2012
LT Doug Free Doug Free Tyron Smith
LG Kyle Kosier Bill Nagy Nate Livings
C Andre Gurode Phil Costa Phil Costa
RG Leonard Davis Kyle Kosier Mackenzy Bernadeau
RT Marc Colombo Tyron Smith Doug Free

It’s difficult to figure out exactly was the plan is here.  Take heed, Lions.  This can happen to you too.

Bills:

The loss of Demetress Bell in free agency should hurt a little, but otherwise I really like this group.  It is already an above average OL, and 4 out of their 5 starters are in the bottom half of the league’s age department.  RT Eric Pears is 30, but the rest of the line is under 27, and they saw Cordy Glenn drop all the way to them in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft.  This is a unit that will only get better the longer they stay together.

Packers:

The Packers brought in the oldest projected starter in the league in Jeff Satuday, yet they’re only the 23rd oldest OL in the league.

Eagles:

Philly has the 13th oldest OL in the league, but their situation is a little odd, in that 4/5 of their line has very low mileage.  Todd Herremans has 92 career regular season starts.  The next highest total?  Evan Mathis, with 37, or a little more than two full seasons worth of games.

 

Titans and Cardinals:

Like the Lions, the Titans and Cardinals field a starting 5 in which every player is in the older half of the league.

  • Titans: Hutchinson (9), Amano (36), Stewart (43), Roos (45), Harris (76).
  • Cardinals: Bridges (15), Snyder (34), Colledge (35), Brown (70), Sendlein (70).  Fun fact: Levi Brown and Lyle Sendlein were born on the exact same day as each other, and wound up on the same OL in the bigs.

Jets:

The Jets have the 8th oldest OL in the league.  They would have been lower if Vladimir Ducasse were projected over Wayne Hunter.  The Jets are one of the few AFC teams I have a decent handle on, as I live in North Jersey.  I see a lot of them on TV, I hear a lot about them on the radio, and they played the NFC East teams last year.  Vladimir Ducasse must be pretty awful if he can’t start over Wayne Hunter.

Patriots:

The Patriots’ front office has a reputation for being great at building their roster, and for the most part I agree.  However, they have not done a good job finding offensive line talent.  In the 5-year span from 2006 to 2010, the Patriots drafted a whopping 11 offensive linemen.  Only one (SebastianVollmer) remains with the team.  To be fair, most of the picks were in the mid-late rounds, but that is still a pretty atrocious hit rate.

Giants:

The Giants almost ruin this entire article.  That OL was among the worst in the league last season, and they still won the Super Bowl.  This team is to offensive lines what Trent Dilfer is to the QB position.  In the same way any fan of a team with a terrible QB can “Hey, Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl,” fans of teams with terrible offensive lines can say “Hey, the Giants won the Super Bowl.”  Then again, that can probably be said of the last 3 Super Bowl winners.

And finally, here’s the entire list of starting offensive linemen, listed from oldest in the league, to youngest.  For the second year in a row, Jeff Saturday remains the oldest, and Tyron Smith remains the youngest:

Rank Player Pos Team Birthday Days on Earth Age
1 Jeff Saturday C Packers 6/18/1975 13598.00 37 years, 2 months, 22 days
2 Matt Birk C Ravens 7/23/1976 13197.00 36 years, 1 month, 17 days
3 Bobbie Williams LG Ravens 9/25/1976 13133.00 35 years, 11 months, 15 days
4 Todd McClure C Falcons 2/16/1977 12989.00 35 years, 6 months, 24 days
5 Brian Waters RG Patriots 2/18/1977 12987.00 35 years, 6 months, 22 days
6 Brad Meester C Jaguars 3/23/1977 12954.00 35 years, 5 months, 17 days
7 Cooper Carlisle LG Raiders 8/11/1977 12813.00 35 years, 29 days
8 Jeff Buckus LT Lions 9/21/1977 12772.00 34 years, 11 months, 19 days
9 Steve Hutchinson LG Titans 11/1/1977 12731.00 34 years, 10 months, 8 days
10 Artis Hicks RG Dolphins 11/28/1978 12339.00 33 years, 9 months, 12 days
11 Jonathan Goodwin C 49ers 12/2/1978 12335.00 33 years, 9 months, 7 days
12 Dominic Raiola C Lions 12/30/1978 12307.00 33 years, 8 months, 10 days
13 Roberto Garza C Bears 3/26/1979 12221.00 33 years, 5 months, 14 days
14 Bryant McKinnie LT Ravens 9/23/1979 12040.00 32 years, 11 months, 17 days
15 Jeremy Bridges RT Cardinals 4/19/1980 11831.00 32 years, 4 months, 21 days
16 Brandon Moore RG Jets 6/3/1980 11786.00 32 years, 3 months, 6 days
17 Jordan Gross LT Panthers 7/20/1980 11739.00 32 years, 1 month, 20 days
18 David Diehl RT Giants 9/15/1980 11682.00 31 years, 11 months, 25 days
19 Scott Wells C Rams 1/7/1981 11568.00 31 years, 8 months, 2 days
20 Jammal Brown RT Redskins 3/30/1981 11486.00 31 years, 5 months, 10 days
21 Wade Smith LG Texans 4/26/1981 11459.00 31 years, 4 months, 14 days
22 Travelle Wharton LG Bengals 5/19/1981 11436.00 31 years, 3 months, 21 days
23 Harvey Dahl RG Rams 6/24/1981 11400.00 31 years, 2 months, 16 days
24 Wayne Hunter RT Jets 7/2/1981 11392.00 31 years, 2 months, 7 days
25 Nick Hardwick C Chargers 9/2/1981 11330.00 31 years, 7 days
26 Chris Myers C Texans 9/15/1981 11317.00 30 years, 11 months, 25 days
27 David Baas C Giants 9/28/1981 11304.00 30 years, 11 months, 12 days
28 Ryan Lilja LG Chiefs 10/15/1981 11287.00 30 years, 10 months, 25 days
29 Tyson Clabo RT Falcons 10/17/1981 11285.00 30 years, 10 months, 23 days
30 Evan Mathis LG Eagles 11/1/1981 11270.00 30 years, 10 months, 8 days
31 Andrew Whitworth LT Bengals 12/12/1981 11229.00 30 years, 8 months, 28 days
32 Stephen Peterman RG Lions 1/11/1982 11199.00 30 years, 7 months, 29 days
33 Chris Snee RG Giants 1/18/1982 11192.00 30 years, 7 months, 22 days
34 Adam Snyder RG Cardinals 1/30/1982 11180.00 30 years, 7 months, 10 days
35 Daryn Colledge LG Cardinals 2/11/1982 11168.00 30 years, 6 months, 29 days
36 Eugene Amano C Titans 3/1/1982 11150.00 30 years, 6 months, 8 days
37 Logan Mankins LG Patriots 3/10/1982 11141.00 30 years, 5 months, 30 days
38 Nate Livings LG Cowboys 3/16/1982 11135.00 30 years, 5 months, 24 days
39 Chris Spencer LG Bears 3/28/1982 11123.00 30 years, 5 months, 12 days
40 Erik Pears RT Bills 4/21/1982 11099.00 30 years, 4 months, 19 days
41 Khalif Barnes RT Raiders 4/21/1982 11099.00 30 years, 4 months, 19 days
42 Geoff Hangartner RG Panthers 4/22/1982 11098.00 30 years, 4 months, 18 days
43 David Stewart RT Titans 8/28/1982 10970.00 30 years, 12 days
44 Dan Connolly C Patriots 9/2/1982 10965.00 30 years, 7 days
45 Michael Roos LT Titans 10/5/1982 10932.00 29 years, 11 months, 4 days
46 Todd Herremans RT Eagles 10/13/1982 10924.00 29 years, 10 months, 27 days
47 Chris Kuper RG Broncos 12/19/1982 10857.00 29 years, 8 months, 21 days
48 Chris Chester RG Redskins 1/12/1983 10804.00 29 years, 7 months, 28 days
50 Rashad Butler RT Texans 2/10/1983 10804.00 29 years, 6 months, 30 days
49 Charlie Johnson LG Vikings 5/2/1984 10804.00 29 years, 6 months, 30 days
51 Will Montgomery C Redskins 2/13/1983 10801.00 29 years, 6 months, 27 days
52 Mike Breisel RG Raiders 3/14/1983 10772.00 29 years, 5 months, 26 days
53 Willie Colon LG Steelers 4/9/1983 10746.00 29 years, 5 months
54 Donald Penn LT Bucs 4/27/1983 10728.00 29 years, 4 months, 13 days
55 Paul McQuistan LG Seahawks 4/30/1983 10725.00 29 years, 4 months, 10 days
56 Jeremy Trueblood RT Bucs 5/10/1983 10715.00 29 years, 3 months, 30 days
57 Richie Incognito LG Dolphins 7/5/1983 10659.00 29 years, 2 months, 4 days
58 Kevin Boothe LG Giants 7/5/1983 10659.00 29 years, 2 months, 4 days
59 Kyle Cook C Bengals 7/25/1983 10639.00 29 years, 1 month, 15 days
60 Jahri Evans RG Saints 8/22/1983 10611.00 29 years, 18 days
61 Jeromey Clary RT Chargers 11/5/1983 10536.00 28 years, 10 months, 4 days
62 Eric Winston RT Chiefs 11/17/1983 10524.00 28 years, 9 months, 23 days
63 Davin Joseph RG Bucs 11/22/1983 10519.00 28 years, 9 months, 18 days
64 Rob Sims LG Lions 12/6/1983 10505.00 28 years, 9 months, 3 days
65 D’Brickashaw Ferguson LT Jets 12/10/1983 10501.00 28 years, 8 months, 30 days
66 Justin Blalock LG Falcons 12/20/1983 10491.00 28 years, 8 months, 20 days
67 Doug Free RT Cowboys 1/6/1984 10474.00 28 years, 8 months, 3 days
68 Nick Mangold C Jets 1/13/1984 10467.00 28 years, 7 months, 27 days
69 Ben Grubbs LG Saints 3/10/1984 10410.00 28 years, 5 months, 30 days
70 Levi Brown LT Cardinals 3/16/1984 10404.00 28 years, 5 months, 24 days
70 Lyle Sendlein C Cardinals 3/16/1984 10404.00 28 years, 5 months, 24 days
72 Uche Nwaneri RG Jaguars 3/20/1984 10400.00 28 years, 5 months, 20 days
73 Demetrius Bell LT Eagles 5/3/1984 10356.00 28 years, 4 months, 6 days
74 Alex Boone RG 49ers 5/4/1984 10355.00 28 years, 4 months, 5 days
75 Bryan Mattison LG Rams 5/15/1984 10344.00 28 years, 3 months, 25 days
76 Leroy Harris LG Titans 6/6/1984 10322.00 28 years, 3 months, 3 days
77 Gosder Cherilus RT Lions 6/28/1984 10300.00 28 years, 2 months, 12 days
78 Sebastian Vollmer RT Patriots 7/10/1984 10288.00 28 years, 1 month, 30 days
79 Jermon Bushrod LT Saints 8/19/1984 10248.00 28 years, 21 days
80 Joe Staley LT 49ers 8/30/1984 10237.00 28 years, 10 days
81 Winston Justice RT Colts 9/14/1984 10222.00 27 years, 11 months, 26 days
82 Marshal Yanda RG Ravens 9/15/1984 10221.00 27 years, 11 months, 26 days
83 Brandon Albert LT Chiefs 11/4/1984 10171.00 27 years, 10 months, 5 days
84 Danny Watkins RG Eagles 11/6/1984 10169.00 27 years, 10 months, 3 days
85 Samson Satele C Colts 11/29/1984 10146.00 27 years, 9 months, 11 days
86 Joe Thomas LT Browns 12/4/1984 10141.00 27 years, 9 months, 5 days
87 Will Beatty LT Giants 3/2/1985 10053.00 27 years, 6 months, 7 days
88 Mike McGlynn RG Colts 3/8/1985 10047.00 27 years, 6 months, 1 day
89 Kory Lichtensteiger LG Redskins 3/22/1985 10033.00 27 years, 5 months, 18 days
90 Ryan Kalil C Panthers 3/29/1985 10026.00 27 years, 5 months, 11 days
91 Lance Louis RG Bears 4/25/1985 9999.00 27 years, 4 months, 15 days
92 Jake Long LT Dolphins 5/9/1985 9985.00 27 years, 4 months
93 Brian De La Puente C Saints 5/13/1985 9981.00 27 years, 3 months, 27 days
94 Carl Nicks LG Bucs 5/14/1985 9980.00 27 years, 3 months, 26 days
95 Sam Baker LT Falcons 5/30/1985 9964.00 27 years, 3 months, 10 days
96 John Sullivan C Vikings 8/8/1985 9894.00 27 years, 1 month, 1 days
97 Duane Brown LT Texans 8/30/1985 9872.00 27 years, 10 days
98 Kraig Urbik RG Bills 9/23/1985 9848.00 26 years, 11 months, 17 days
99 Breno Giacomini RT Seahawks 9/27/1985 9844.00 26 years, 11 months, 13 days
100 Alex Mack C Browns 11/19/1985 9791.00 26 years, 9 months, 21 days
101 Mackenzy Bernadeau RG Cowboys 1/3/1986 9746.00 26 years, 8 months, 6 days
102 Matt Slauson LG Jets 2/18/1986 9700.00 26 years, 6 months, 22 days
103 Eric Wood C Bills 3/18/1986 9672.00 26 years, 5 months, 22 days
104 Jared Gaither LT Chargers 3/18/1986 9672.00 26 years, 5 months, 22 days
105 Tyronne Green LG Chargers 4/6/1986 9653.00 26 years, 5 months, 3 days
106 Max Unger C Seahawks 4/14/1986 9645.00 26 years, 4 months, 26 days
107 Antoine Caldwell RG Texans 4/19/1986 9640.00 26 years, 4 months, 21 days
108 Jason Smith RT Rams 4/30/1986 9629.00 26 years, 4 months, 10 days
109 Andy Levitre LG Bills 5/15/1986 9614.00 26 years, 3 months, 25 days
110 Michael Oher RT Ravens 5/28/1986 9601.00 26 years, 3 months, 12 days
111 Jeremy Zuttah C Bucs 6/1/1986 9597.00 26 years, 3 months, 8 days
112 Josh Sitton RG Packers 6/6/1986 9592.00 26 years, 3 months, 3 days
113 Jeff Otah RT Panthers 6/17/1986 9581.00 26 years, 2 months, 23 days
114 Ryan Clady LT Broncos 9/6/1986 9500.00 26 years, 3 days
115 Phil Loadholt RT Vikings 9/21/1986 9486.00 25 years, 11 months, 20 days
116 John Moffitt RG Seahawks 10/28/1986 9448.00 25 years, 10 months, 12 days
117 Zane Beadles LG Broncos 11/19/1986 9426.00 25 years, 9 months, 21 days
118 Andre Smith RT Bengals 1/25/1987 9359.00 25 years, 7 months, 15 days
119 J.D. Walton C Broncos 3/24/1987 9301.00 25 years, 5 months, 16 days
120 Charles Brown RT Saints 4/10/1987 9284.00 25 years, 4 months, 30 days
121 Louis Vasquez RG Chargers 4/11/1987 9283.00 25 years, 4 months, 29 days
122 Eugene Monroe LT Jaguars 4/18/1987 9276.00 25 years, 4 months, 22 days
123 Mike Iupati LG 49ers 5/12/1987 9252.00 25 years, 3 months, 28 days
124 Joe Reitz LG Colts 6/9/1987 9224.00 25 years, 3 months
125 Jared Veldheer LT Raiders 6/14/1987 9219.00 25 years, 2 months, 26 days
126 Garrett Reynolds RG Falcons 7/1/1987 9202.00 25 years, 2 months, 8 days
127 Phil Costa C Cowboys 7/11/1987 9192.00 25 years, 1 month, 29 days
128 Jason Pinkston LG Browns 9/5/1987 9136.00 25 years, 4 days
129 T.J. Lang LG Packers 9/20/1987 9121.00 24 years, 11 months, 20 days
130 Russell Okung LT Seahawks 10/7/1987 9104.00 24 years, 11 months, 2 days
131 Eben Britton RT Jaguars 10/14/1987 9097.00 24 years, 10 months, 26 days
132 Shawn Lauvao RG Browns 10/26/1987 9085.00 24 years, 10 months, 14 days
133 Jason Kelce C Eagles 11/5/1987 9075.00 24 years, 10 months, 4 days
134 Orlando Franklin RT Broncos 12/16/1987 9034.00 24 years, 8 months, 24 days
135 Marcus Gilbert RT Steelers 2/15/1988 8973.00 24 years, 6 months, 25 days
136 Nate Solder LT Patriots 4/12/1988 8916.00 24 years, 4 months, 28 days
137 Rodger Saffold LT Rams 6/6/1988 8861.00 24 years, 3 months, 3 days
138 Gabe Carimi RT Bears 6/13/1988 8854.00 24 years, 2 months, 27 days
139 Trent Williams LT Redskins 7/19/1988 8818.00 24 years, 1 month, 21 days
140 Jon Asomoah RG Chiefs 7/21/1988 8816.00 24 years, 1 month, 19 days
141 Brandon Fusco RG Vikings 7/26/1988 8811.00 24 years, 1 month, 14 days
142 J’Marcus Webb LT Bears 8/8/1988 8798.00 24 years, 1 month, 1 days
143 Anthony Castonzo LT Colts 8/9/1988 8797.00 24 years, 1 month
144 Amini Silatolu LG Panthers 9/16/1988 8759.00 23 years, 11 months, 24 days
145 Marshall Newhouse LT Packers 9/29/1988 8746.00 23 years, 11 months, 11 days
146 Brian Bulaga RT Packers 3/21/1989 8573.00 23 years, 5 months, 19 days
147 Stefen Wisniewski C Raiders 3/22/1989 8572.00 23 years, 5 months, 18 days
148 Chris Hairston LT Bills 4/26/1989 8537.00 23 years, 4 months, 14 days
149 Mitchell Schwartz RT Browns 6/8/1989 8494.00 23 years, 3 months, 1 day
150 Matt Kalil LT Vikings 7/6/1989 8466.00 23 years, 2 months, 3 days
151 Rodney Hudson C Chiefs 7/12/1989 8460.00 23 years, 1 month, 28 days
152 Mike Pouncey C Dolphins 7/24/1989 8448.00 23 years, 1 month, 16 days
153 Maurkice Pouncey C Steelers 7/24/1989 8448.00 23 years, 1 month, 16 days
154 Jonathan Martin RT Dolphins 8/19/1989 8422.00 23 years, 21 days
155 Anthony Davis RT 49ers 10/11/1989 8369.00 22 years, 10 months, 29 days
156 Will Rackley LG Jaguars 10/18/1989 8362.00 22 years, 10 months, 22 days
157 David DeCastro RG Steelers 1/11/1990 8277.00 22 years, 7 months, 29 days
158 Kevin Zeitler RG Bengals 3/8/1990 8221.00 22 years, 6 months, 1 day
159 Mike Adams LT Steelers 3/10/1990 8219.00 22 years, 5 months, 30 days
160 Tyron Smith LT Cowboys 12/12/1990 7942.00 21 years, 8 months, 28 days

19 Comments

  1. Enjoyed reading this, very good stuff, thankyou . “Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.” by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

  2. I¡¯m still learning from you, while I¡¯m trying to reach my goals. I absolutely liked reading all that is written on your blog.Keep the stories coming. I liked it!

  3. brisulph says:

    Giants trying to ruin something football related for you? They love doing that (just not in head to head vs the Eagles for some reason).

  4. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

    Shit. I have to get to work.

  5. Nick C says:

    David Decastro is one day older than I am, but the chart says he is 22 (should be 21 obviously). Typo I think.

    1. 22 is right, I think.

  6. [...] Jimmy Bama has a good post up on the age of OLs around the league.  The Eagles have a unique situation.  Not the youngest bunch, but lots of tread left on the tires, so to speak. [...]

  7. DerfDiggy says:

    Costa played well towards the end of the season last year.

    That’s all I have to say though.

  8. Kerrackpwnd says:

    Jimmy, how did you write such a great article, yet leave off the Skins for a blog that covers the NFC East?

    1. Thanks. And fair question.

      Occasionally, I’ll write stuff that is just about the NFL in general, where the focus really isn’t on the NFC East. That was the case with this article, although as you can see, I did make observations about 3 of the 4 NFCE teams, omitting the Redskins. I only commented on the teams where I thought I had something at least mildly insightful to say.

      I could have made some comment that I think that Jammal Brown stinks, or that I like the chances of Josh LeRibeus eventually filling in as a starter at G or C (which would bring down the average age), but I didn’t really have anything worth noting that I thought would have added to the article. It would have been “filler” in my eyes, so I left the Skins out of this one.

      Apologies.

      1. Kerrackpwnd says:

        fair enough – I think ‘Jammal Brown is terrible’ would have been more than enough insight – although Lichtensteiger and Montgomery should hopefully make big strides if they can stay healthy!

  9. ct17 says:

    I would have thought by now you would have realized you are missing an age factor. You also need to calculate the amount of kids per OL by team. Multiply that number by two or three and add it to the natural age.

    Considering OL often play a long time, this list is not bad. I’d only label the top 20 as “declining-old” for the most part.

    Under the Lions, Jason Fox was a 4th rounder in 2010. He was a fringe 1st-2nd rd LT prospect until he blew out a knee. At this point it is obvious that the effects were permanent.

    1. Eff, oops. Fixing.

  10. Kushan says:

    Excellent post Jimmy. Credit for quality work.

  11. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

    Cowboys offensive line: L-OL

  12. Anders says:

    I think the current Eagles OL should be very stable for the next 3 years, after that the need replacements in place for Herramans and Mathis, but while the Eagles might not always have had the best OL (Andrews really screwed with them and the ripple effect at RG was felt untill last season), but they always draft for the OL.

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