It’s hard to quantify offensive line play, but no one does it better than Pro Football Focus. And the site ranked ex-Iowa and current Ravens G Marshal Yanda as the NFL’s best offensive lineman.
Yanda, a third-round draft pick in 2007, is a two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler. He’s been with the Ravens for 10 seasons. The Anamosa, Iowa, alum started his college career at North Iowa Area Community College.
You can read the whole entry explaining Yanda’s dominance here, but his consistency and versatility has been most impressive in PFF’s eyes.
While a couple other players may be close to Yanda’s level, the thing that has set him apart from everyone else is his consistency week-in and week-out. Out of his 13 games this season, Yanda did not have one in which he earned an overall grade that was below-average, and just two that were in the average range. In fact, he has gone a staggering 52 regular and postseason games without having a poor overall performance (Week 10 of the 2013 season versus the Bengals being the last) and 41 of those outings he graded above-average or better. If that weren’t impressive enough, he has done so while playing three different positions along the offensive line.