ESPN releases bizarre analytical ranking of Detroit Lions offensive line

Almost universally across the league, the Detroit Lions offensive line has been hailed heading into the 2022 NFL season.

“We felt like that was going to be one of our strengths last year and so having all these guys together, working together, it gives you a lot of confidence,” head coach Dan Campbell told reporters. this week. “These guys up front now, they can move certain people and they can do certain things and they can pass protection, and they work well together. So yeah, it’s a good feeling (that the unit is in healthy). “

In a recent ESPN analytics ranking, the results point to something completely different.

According to ESPN’s model, the lines of the 32 teams were ranked by combining the projected pass block win rates (PBWR) and run block win rates (RBWR) for the upcoming season, which are based on the past performance of each projected starter in the past. two seasons.

Although many believe the line could end up in the top third of the league, ESPN’s model ranks the line at No. 26 overall, with an expected pass block rating of No. 26 and a of race block planned. of No. 24.

According to the rankings, “After a rocky start to his rookie season, Sewell’s numbers improved when he moved to right tackle. His passing block success rate improved from 82% to 87%, and his run block win percentage increased from 71% to 73% None of the good tackle numbers are elite – they are both average – but perhaps that suggests what should be a slightly brighter forecast for his 2022 season than his overall numbers might indicate.”

Although they didn’t play together last season, the unit has the potential to succeed if they are able to stay healthy.

Frank Ragnow got injured and Evan Brown was able to step in and perform admirably. With the progression of Penei Sewell and Jonah Jackson, talent is on the unit’s roster to meet or exceed expectations, despite the bizarre ranking.

“I would say that’s the most talented bloodline I’ve been in, 100%. I’m not necessarily a talent evaluator, but we just have a group of guys who are smart, confident and athletic. I think our room is a very confident room, a talented room, and we all get along great,” left tackle Taylor Decker said at the start of spring football. “Our camaraderie and cohesion as a group is out of this world. It’s amazing.”