We take a look around the Pac-12 at the best offensive linemen.
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1. Penei Sewell - Oregon
Penei Sewell is the best overall player in the Pac-12 and maybe the best player in all of college football. Many sites currently project the 6-6 330lb junior to be the #1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Sewell was a unanimous 1st Team All-Pac-12 selection last season and has allowed just 1 sack in his career. There is an outside chance that Sewell could win the Heisman Trophy this season.
2. Walker Little - Stanford
Walker Little is an outstanding talent and came to Stanford as a 5 star recruit. Little has lived up to that hype after being named 2017 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and followed that up with a 2018 1st Team All-Pac-12 selection. As a junior in 2019, Little suffered a season ending injury but assuming he is healthy in 2020 he has a chance to be a top 5 NFL Draft pick.
3. Alijah Vera-Tucker - USC
Vera-Tucker was outstanding last season as a sophomore and returns in 2020 as one of the best offensive linemen in college football. The USC standout is 6-4 315 and projects as a 1st-2nd round NFL draft pick for 2021. Vera-Tucker was a 2nd team All-Pac-12 selection last season and could contend for All-America honors this fall.
4. Abe Lucas - WSU
Abe Lucas has intimidating size at 6-7 324 and was rated as the best pass blocking OT in the country in 2019. He will be a junior in 2020 and is a preseason Athlon 1st Team All-Pac-12 selection. Another strong season could see Lucas leave early for the NFL and become a 1st round pick.
5. Jaxson Kirkland - Washington
The Washington offensive line has allowed the least sacks of any Pac-12 program since 2016. Kirkland is the next great Husky offensive lineman and is an Athlon preseason 1st Team All-Pac-12 selection.
6. Drew Dalman - Stanford
Dalman enters the season as the top center in the Pac-12 after an elite 2019 season that resulted in 2nd Team All-Pac-12 honors. The Stanford lineman does an excellent job reading coverages and is an extremely intelligent player with solid size at 6-3 286.
7. Nick Ford - Utah
Nick Ford started 14 games for the Utes in 2019 and was a Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention selection. Ford is projected to have a big season for Utah in 2020 and is an Athlon preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
8. Sean Rhyan - UCLA
Sean Rhyan came to UCLA as the 74th ranked player nationally on the 247 composite. Rhyan started all 12 games for the Bruins in 2019 at Tackle and was selected as a PFF freshman All-American. The UCLA left tackle should put together a dominant season as a sophomore in 2020.
9. Dohnovan West - ASU
West made an instant impact for the Sun Devils last season as a freshman while managing to become a 1st year starter. Playing at the P5 level as a freshman is physically daunting but West more than held his own against more experienced players. West will enter 2020 as the 2nd highest graded returning offensive guard in the Pac-12 according to PFF.
10. Orlando Umana - Utah
Umana is a big body at 6-4 340 and started 12 games for the Utes during their 11 win campaign. The physically imposing lineman came to Salt Lake City from Sacramento and enters 2020 as an Athlon 2nd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
11. Brandon Kipper - Oregon State
The Oregon State offensive line was sneaky good in 2019 and Kipper was a major part of that. According to Pro Football Focus, Kipper allowed just one sack last season. For 2020, Kipper is a preseason Athlon 3rd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
12. Michael Saffell - Cal
Saffell started 11 games for the Golden Bears last season and was named a PFF 2nd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
13. Foster Sarrell - Stanford
Sarrell arrived at Stanford from the Seattle area as the 5th ranked player nationally on the 247 composite. His career has been a mild disappointment thus far given the hype, but Sarrell could break out in a big way in 2020. Sarrell is 6-7 330 and has the tools to be a 1st round NFL Draft pick.
14. Liam Ryan -WSU
Ryan started all 13 games at left tackle for WSU last season and was part of an offensive line that allowed the least sacks and tackles for loss in the conference. Ryan is a preseason Athlon 3rd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
15. William Sherman - Colorado
Sherman has started 21 games for the Buffaloes and will be a junior in 2020. The Colorado offensive tackle is an Athlon preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
16. Jake Curhan - Cal
Cal's offensive line struggled last season but the hope is that the experience they return will allow them to grow into a formidable unit in 2020. Curhan was a PFF 3rd Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2019.
17. Jake Burton - UCLA
Burton is a big body at 6-6 312 and should be a major part of an improved Bruin offensive line in 2020. Burton is an Athlon preseason 3rd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
18. Luke Wattenberg - UW
Wattenberg came to the Huskies as a 4 star recruit and has started 32 games for the Huskies over the years. The 6-5 297lb guard enters his final season of eligibility and will look to help pave the way for the Huskies to make a run at a conference title.
19. Josh Watson - WSU
WSU did an underrated job developing offensive linemen during the Leach era. For 2020, Athlon ranked WSU's OL 2nd in the Pac-12 and Watson will be a major reason for that ranking. The 6-4 300lb guard started 25 games over the past two seasons and finished 2019 rated as the 2nd best Pac-12 offensive guard in run blocking.
20. Simi Moala - Utah
Moala started at right tackle in 12 games for the Utes in 2019 and impressed as one of the best freshmen in the conference. The tackle has elite size at 6-7 305 and Lindy's college football preview projects Moala to be a 2nd Team All-Pac-12 selection.
21. Valentino Daltoso - Cal
Daltoso has started 33 games for Cal during his career and that experience should pay major dividends in 2020.
22. Steven Jones - Oregon
Jones came to Oregon as a top recruit and has performed very well in limited duty. The Oregon offensive lineman has elite size at 6-7 349. Athlon projects Jones to be a 4th Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2020.
23. Jalen McKenzie - USC
McKenzie started 13 games for USC last season where he impressed and has begun to garner attention from NFL scouts. The USC offensive lineman is 6-5 315 and should be an impact Pac-12 starter as a redshirt junior in 2020.
24. Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu - Oregon
Aumavae-Laulu was the top ranked junior college OT in the country and came to Oregon as a 4 star prospect with notable offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma. He will compete to start at guard for the Ducks and could end up becoming a 1st Team All-Pac-12 selection by the end of the year. 247's Brandon Huffman wrote "Has a nasty streak and his strength is already at a plus level to make the transition from the junior college ranks a smooth one."
25. Donovan Laie - Arizona
Laie started 12 games for the Wildcats as a sophomore in 2019 and is an Athlon preseason 4th Team All-Pac-12 selection.
26. Kary Kutsch - Colorado
Kutsch may end the season much higher on this list and is probably one of the more underrated players in the Pac-12. The 6-5 310lb senior started all 12 games for the Buffs at left guard and will look to reach a bowl game in his final season in Boulder.
27. Henry Bainivalu - Washington
Bainivalu played mostly spot duty over the past two seasons, but started the last two games of 2019 and came on strong at the end of the year. Against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Bainivalu was named the UW coaches' lineman of the game. Bainivalu possesses NFL size at 6-6 320 and should have a breakout season as a Junior.
28. Colby Pursell - Colorado
Pursell has started 17 games for the Buffs and enters his junior season as one of the best centers in the conference. The 6-4 305lb center is a 3rd Team All-Pac-12 selection in Phil Steele's college football preview.
29. Alex Forsyth - Oregon
Forsyth has been a versatile reserve over the past two seasons while playing both guard and tackle. For 2020, he will lead the Ducks as their starting center. He may not be as proven as some other players on this list but the Ducks' coaching staff has proven they can develop elite OL consistently.
30. Kellen Diesch - ASU
Diesch was a former top recruit and possesses prototypical offensive tackle size. Diesch came to ASU after being at Texas AM where he was a backup left tackle in 2019. He will have one year of eligibility left.
31. Brett Neilon - USC
Neilon returns as USC's starting center for 2020 after starting 11 games for the Trojans in 2019. Neilon was a 4 star recruit and has a high ceiling. He will look to put together a breakout season this fall.
32. Josh McCauley - Arizona
McCauley came to Arizona as a walk-on but eventually earned a scholarship after becoming a major contributor for the Wildcats. The center has started 22 games over the past two seasons and is an Athlon 4th Team All-Pac-12 selection.
33. Nathan Eldridge - OSU
Eldridge transferred to Oregon State from Arizona and will be a redshirt senior in 2020. Eldridge has had his career derailed by injuries but was a 2017 2nd Team All-Pac-12 selection by the AP during his freshman year. He will look to have a bounce back season this fall and go out on a high note.
34. LaDarius Henderson - ASU
Henderson started as a freshman at left tackle for the Sun Devils in 2019 where he gained valuable experience.
35. Braeden Daniels - Utah
Braeden started 14 games last season for the Utes as a freshman out of Texas. The talented guard has a bright future in the Pac-12 and should continue to develop into a dominant player this season.