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The NFL’s top 5 offensive linemen at each position by run-block success percentage

Tackles Run-block success percentage: 15.3 Coming off a career year (88.0 overall grade) in 2016, New England’s Cannon picked up right where he left off in 2018, as he put together a dominant eight-game stint, specifically in the run game, to start the season.
Levitre has earned 78.0-plus overall grades in all three seasons with the Falcons while playing a combined 3,048 offensive snaps.
Run-block success percentage: 16.8 After playing just 553 offensive snaps across the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Smith played 511 snaps at guard and another 167 at center for the Bucs due to several injuries along the offensive line in 2017.
Smith earned a 79.0 run-block grade, which ranked tied for 13th among qualifiers, and a 16.8 run-block success percentage in 2017.
Run-block success percentage: 16.7 Amid an injury-plagued 2017 season, Long recorded a career-low 73.0 overall grade across 447 offensive snaps at right guard.
Scherff recorded a career-high 17.2 run-block success percentage as a rookie in 2015 and maintained high marks in the following two seasons, as he scored a 15.3 and 16.1 in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
He also earned the second-high run-block grade (90.7) this past season.
His 18.3 run-block success percentage in 2017 ranked third among qualifying centers and the second-highest season mark of his career.
Run-block success percentage: 16.5 Prior to going on injured reserve with a knee injury, Marpet played admirably in his first season as the team’s full-time center, recording a 79.0 overall grade and the sixth-ranked run-block grade (81.4) among qualifiers.
Marpet also recorded a 16.5 run-block success percentage to rank fifth among centers with at least 150 run-block snaps this past season.

Oct 12, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) prepares to snap the ball in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

While our 0-100 player grades receive all the attention, the work that goes into the metrics is derived from plus-minus grades awarded to every player on every play of every game. We chart each of the player’s plays with a score from -2.0 to +2.0 and normalize the raw scores to create 0-100 grade for ease of understanding. For offensive linemen, specifically in the run game, the plus-minus scores are valued significantly.

An offensive lineman’s run-block success percentage represent the plays he is positively graded when run-blocking as a percentage of total run-block snaps in a given sample size (i.e. drive, game, season). Here, we’ve listed the top offensive linemen by position in terms of run-block success percentage for the 2017 season.


Marcus Cannon

Run-block success percentage: 15.3

Coming off a career year (88.0 overall grade) in 2016, New England’s Cannon picked up right where he left off in 2018, as he put together a dominant eight-game stint, specifically in the run game, to start the season. Unfortunately for Cannon, those eight games were all that he played.

Cannon suffered a severe ankle injury in the Patriots’ Week 8 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers, ending what was bound to be another stellar campaign for the seven-year veteran. He recorded the second-highest run-block grade (88.8) and top-ranked run-block success percentage (15.3) across his 189 run-block snaps in Weeks 1-8.

Projecting Cannon’s success after his injury is a risky endeavor, but his sheer dominance as a run blocker in both 2016 and 2017 creates for a high floor in 2018. Even if his health permits, he may not match his 15.3 mark across a full 16-game season, but it’s unlikely his play in the trenches drops off by a significant margin.

Run-block success percentage: 13.6

Aging like a fine wine, the 35-year-old Penn has had some of his best NFL seasons in his four-year stint with the Raiders, leading by example in both pass protection and the run game.

In addition to his high pass-blocking efficiency metrics from 2015 to 2017, Penn has recorded run-block success percentages at 13.6 and above in each of his last three seasons with the silver and black. Most recently, Penn’s 13.6 run-block success percentage, despite it being the lowest figure he’s offered as a Raider, still ranked second among offensive tackles with at least 150 run-block snaps in 2017. He also ranked 11th in run-block grade at 83.3.

Still recovering from a foot injury suffered toward the end of last season, Penn has taken a backseat to first-round rookie Kolton Miller in most of the OTAs and minicamp. However, if healthy, Penn is clearly the better option for Oakland in 2018.

Run-block success percentage: 13.3

Like Penn, San Francisco’s Staley hasn’t let his old age affect his play in the latter stages of his NFL career, as he’s earned overall grades of 81.1 or higher in each of the past six seasons as the team’s primary blindside protector. His run-blocking, of course, has followed suit.

Staley has recorded a run-block success percentage north of 13 percent in three of the past four seasons, including his 13.3 percent mark in 2017. Perhaps more impressive, Staley’s elite efficiency has all been recorded across 300 or more run-block snaps in all four seasons, a testament to his consistency and the sustainability of his high-end play.

Run-block success percentage: 13.3

Representing the 2017 draft class by himself, Dawkins is the only rookie, regardless of position, to rank inside the top-five in run-bock success percentage – a good sign for the future of the Bills’ offensive line.

Dawkins’ rookie campaign wasn’t without flaw, as he experienced some growing pains against some of the league’s best edge defenders in pass protection. However, where he remained consistent was the run game, as evidenced by his 13.3 run-block success percentage and 79.5 run-block grade.

While Dawkins merely filled in for the oft-injured Cordy Glenn in 2017, he will surely take all of the first-team reps at left tackle this offseason and into 2018 with Glenn now off the roster.

Run-block success percentage: 12.4

Former Boise State product Leno has played 900-plus offensive snaps at left tackle for the Bears in each of the past three seasons, and after getting off to a slow start in 2015 and 2016, the seventh-rounder turned starter finally got over the hump in 2017.

Leno earned a career-high 80.4 overall grade this past season, ranking 15th among qualifiers. He also recorded a 12.4 run-block success percentage in 2017, which was also a career-high for the four-year veteran and ranked tied for fourth among offensive tackles with 150 run-block snaps.

Run-block success percentage: 12.4

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