Future bright for Browns, Steelers O-lines

June, 21, 2012
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Continuing ESPN.com's series of projecting into the future, the Cleveland Browns placed two offensive linemen in the top 15 for the 2015 season Insider and the Pittsburgh Steelers received perhaps the biggest compliment on the list.

You'll need a subscription to view the entire piece by Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson, but here's a portion of what he wrote about the AFC North offensive linemen:

3. Joe Thomas, OT, Browns: Thomas is 27 and has gone to four Pro Bowls already. Heading into 2015, Thomas most likely will have finished his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl season. That is the type of career that leads to a Hall of Fame induction.

4. Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers: Pouncey is next in line in what is a simply amazing Steelers tradition at the center position. By 2015, led by Pouncey and this year's first-round pick, David DeCastro, the Steelers could have the best offensive line in the NFL.

11. Marshal Yanda, G, Ravens: He does everything well and is one of the best guards in the league in pass protection. Yanda turns 28 in September, and with his great fundamentals to always fall back on, he should remain one of the best around.

13. Alex Mack, C, Browns: Better in protection than run blocking, Mack should rank among the best interior linemen in the game for the foreseeable future. It would help Mack's cause if he were to get better support from the guards on either side of him.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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