Patriots Current O-line
LT Nate Solder (R1-17)
LG Joe Thuney (R3-78)
C David Andrews (UDFA)
RG Shaq Mason (R4-131)
RT Marcus Cannon (R5-138)
Titans Current O-line
LT Taylor Lewan (R1-11) *on roster prior to Jon Robinson taking over
LG Quinton Spain (UDFA)
C Ben Jones (R4-99) *FA aquisition from the Houston Texans
RG Josh Kline (UDFA) *signed after New England cut ties
RT Jack Conklin (R1-8)
When Jon Robinson came to Tennessee, his first mission was to protect Marcus Mariota. In one season, he completely revamped the offensive line. The only holdover is left tackle Taylor Lewan, who was selected to his first pro bowl this past season. Robinson signed Quinton Spain from West Virginia, who went undrafted. Ben Jones crossed over to the dark side, after Tennessee signed him away from the division rival, Houston Texans. Josh Kline had originally been signed to provide depth. However after Chance Warmack went down with a hand injury, Kline started the next fourteen games and performed admirably. Finally, rookie Jack Conklin was selected eigth overall to seal up the right tackle spot that had started the likes of Byron Bell and Jeremiah Poutasi last season. He did that and more, allowing only two sacks all season and was named to the PFF All-Pro squad.
The line performed even better than what Robinson could have imagined. They only gave up 28 sacks all season, and paved the way for the third best rushing attack in the NFL. There does seem to be a method to the way John Robinson handles his business on the offensive line. But, did he adopt this way of thinking in New England or did they adopt his strategy? That, we’ll probably never know for sure. Either way, both clubs put a premium on the left tackle position. That’s not strange at all, many teams across the NFL do as well. But, the interior is built on day two and three draft prospects with a sprinkling of undrafted free agents. New England has had success with this formula, turning players like Dan Koppen into pro bowlers and player like Joe Andruzzi into competent starters. The Patriots have long been known to put together patchwork offensive lines without much draft pedigree and still be successful.
This year’s draft class for the Titans, added a couple more developmental prospects with potential . Chattanooga’s Corey Levin was a seventh round selection. He was a three time all american at the FCS level, and projects inside as a guard or center. Another seventh round selection, Brad Seaton from Villanova fits the same criteria. He’s an enourmous prospect (6’8), that will fit the swing tackle position nicely. He also hails from the FCS level.
The Titan’s offensive line has been a bright spot so far in Robinson’s tenure, and should remain so. Marcus Mariota’s future and the hopes of all Titans fans, are all in the hands of Jon Robinson.