Where does Denver Broncos offensive line rank within AFC West?

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The Denver Broncos offensive line was solid in 2021, but where does this unit rank among their AFC West rivals heading into 2022?

The Denver Broncos’ offensive line was solid in 2021.  This unit seems to be subject to a lot of hate, but a very large reason why the unit might not seem as good as they actually are is because of the bad quarterback play the team has had to deal with.

Russell Wilson is someone who takes a ton of sacks, but he’s also a top-five, elite signal-caller who will help the offensive line’s perception within Broncos Country.

I was someone who did want Denver to add to the unit more than they did this offseason.  Outside of Garett Bolles though, every other position is up for grabs, with new additions of Tom Compton and Billy Turner being able to play inside, and rookie draft pick Luke Wattenberg able to play guard and center.

I’ve had a projection for who I think will be the starting five, and I’m going to use that projection to rank the Denver Broncos’ offensive line among their AFC West opponents.

I think there is a clear-cut number one, so how do the other positions shake out?

Where does Denver Broncos offensive line rank in AFC West?

4. Las Vegas Raiders

I think it’s clear that the Raiders’ offensive line is by far the weakest in the division.  They have a rock-solid left tackle in Kolton Miller, but there seem to be questions with every other position.

This is different from the Broncos’ situation because the Broncos have talent along the line.

The Raiders don’t have a ton of talent here, and in recent years parted ways with their most talented players, which gave them a top-five unit for a while.

All of Gabe Jackson, Rodney Hudson, Richie Incognito, and Trent Brown are no longer on the team.

This brought the Raiders’ offensive line down into mediocrity.

Fortunately, Derek Carr is someone who does not take a lot of sacks and gets rid of the ball quickly, so while the unit isn’t that strong, their deficiencies won’t be that obvious.

Players along their offensive line outside of Kolton Miller that should start for them include center Andre James, guards John Simpson, Denzelle Good, and G/T Alex Leatherwood.

Not a great unit, but for the Raiders’ offense, it’ll be good enough.