Pro Football Focus ranks Seahawks offensive line astoundingly low

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It is seemingly that time of the NFL offseason to rank everything associated with football. But Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line ranked too low. In fact, according to PFF, Seattle has one of the worst offensive lines in the league.

Somehow, however, PFF has the Seahawks ranked even lower than last year's final rankings. At the end of 2022, PFF ranked Seattle's line as 27th overall. But heading into the 2023 season, likely with better play at center whether that is rookie Olu Oluwatimi or free agent signee Evan Brown, the Seahawks are ranked 30th.

The weird part about the ranking is PFF says 2022 rookie tackles, Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas, "played well early, each fell off substantially as their rookie seasons wore on." But then goes on to say, "If those tackles play well, this ranking is too low." But rookies tend to be better with more experience so Cross and Lucas should be better in 2023 and protect Geno Smith better and open more holes for the running backs.

Pro Football Focus' rank of offensive lines has the Seattle Seahawks too low

It also doesn't make sense that if Cross and Lucas were so bad late in 2022 then why did PFF have Seattle ranked more highly during 2022? Likely the worst case is that Seattle's line is as effective this season and they weren't awful last year. Even PFF having the Seahawks ranked 27th in 2022 was too low.

Oddly, PFF says, "...this is a group (the offensive line) that could struggle badly given its interior personnel." But then PFF says Seattle's best player along the offensive line is left guard Damien Lewis. The last time I checked, a guard is part of the interior of an offensive line.

There are two teams ranked worse than the Seahawks, the Arizona Cardinals and the Tennessee Titans. The Los Angeles Rams are ranked 28th so at least Seattle has good company with other NFC West teams, the Cardinals and Rams, near the bottom of the rankings. The San Francisco 49ers are only ranked 18th.

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Basically, Pro Football Focus will be wrong about how bad the Seahawks offensive line will be in 2023. Rookies improve with time so Cross and Lucas, who weren't bad last year, will be even better. Oluwatimi or Brown are an upgrade over 2022 starting center Austin Blythe. Lewis is a good left guard and Haynes should be fine or even rookie Anthony Bradford at right guard. Maybe next year PFF will rightfully rank Seattle higher among offensive lines.