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Position Primer: Best interior offensive linemen

With the new league year just days away, we will be taking a look at several NFL experts' lists of the top 100 free agents, and their views on some of the top players at each position set to hit the open market.

Next up are the interior offensive linemen.

The Giants have one center under contract in Spencer Pulley. Both of last year's starting guards will return in 2020, as Kevin Zeitler is back for his second season with the team while Will Hernandez will enter his third NFL season. Versatile lineman Nick Gates will also be back with the Giants, as well as Chad Slade.

Jon Halapio, last year's starting center, is set to become a restricted free agent.

OG Joe Thuney

Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling, (FA No. 11) "The Patriots already paid paid guard Shaq Mason big money, which means Thuney is likely gone. Some team is going to get one of the league's steadiest and headiest interior linemen, a second-team All-Pro who has missed 20 combined snaps in four years."

Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus- (FA No. 24) "It's been a story of continuous improvement for Thuney since entering the league in 2016, and he finished the 2019 regular season with the No. 5 overall grade among guards (77.4). Thuney has had his best year in pass protection, allowing just 16 pressures on 693 attempts, good for the third-highest pass-blocking grade in the league (87.4). A converted college offensive tackle, Thuney struggled against more powerful players early in his career, but he's developed nicely into one of the best all-around guards in the league."

Kevin Seifert, ESPN- (FA No. 31) "Thuney earned second-team All-Pro honors after completing his fourth season as a 16-game starter. The Patriots' tight salary-cap situation leaves open the possibility that he will hit the market."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports- (FA No. 22) "Teams looking for a quality guard who is well schooled in the fundamentals should look at Thuney. He was the Pats best lineman last season." ranks the top 101 players in the 2020 free agency cycle.

OG/C Graham Glasgow

Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling, (FA No. 43) "Hardly a household name, Glasgow will attract plenty of interest as a stout, crafty blocker with a clean injury history. A four-year starter in Detroit, he's just now coming into his own as a seasoned pro with few weaknesses in his game."

Kevin Seifert, ESPN- (FA No. 44) "Glasgow has started at both center and guard, and has missed only two games in his career. But the Lions began platooning him at guard in 2019, and he could use a fresh start with a team that is ready to commit to him at a particular position."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports- (FA No. 73) "He has played both guard and center for the Lions, but rotated last year at guard. Hi versatility will make him attractive on the market and it's unlikely he will be back with the Lions."

C Connor McGovern

Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling, (FA No. 83) "All too often, McGovern was the calm in the middle of the trench storm as his Denver linemates disintegrated in a maelstrom of blown blocks and ill-timed penalties."

Kevin Seifert, ESPN- (FA No. 43) "Centers tend to be highly sought in free agency, and McGovern has held down the Broncos' spot well after taking over for Matt Paradis during the 2018 season. He also has played guard during his NFL career."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports- (FA No. 68) "He has started at both center and guard, which makes him a value signing. He is coming off his best season and it came as the Broncos starting center."

OG Andrus Peat

Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling, (FA No. 92) "Despite operating within an otherwise-elite Saints offensive line, Peat still had his share of problems."

Kevin Seifert, ESPN- (FA No. 52) "Peat's performance ebbed significantly during five seasons with the Saints, and 2019 wasn't his best season. The Saints' strapped-cap situation makes him expendable. Sometimes you have to think of the, yes, big picture. When a 6-foot-7, 316-pound starting guard is available, plenty of teams will swoon."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports- (FA No. 81) "He battled through injuries last year and he has a tendency to get heavy. Even so, he is a good, starting guard and he's a big body inside."


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