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Friday, May 3, 2013
Young but experienced offensive lines

By Jamison Hensley

Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, is the oldest starting offensive lineman in the AFC North at 33 years old. That led me to break down the ages of the offensive linemen in the division, and I realized that these lines are young but have experience.

McKinnie is just one of three projected starting offensive linemen in this division who are 30 years or older when the 2013 season begins. The others are both Bengals, left tackle Andrew Whitworth (31) and center Kyle Cook (30). Of the 20 starting offensive linemen, half are 25 years or younger.

The young linemen in this division are far from rookies. The only new starting offensive lineman is Ravens center Gino Gradkowski, who is replacing the retired Matt Birk.

Of course, some of the numbers can change because of injuries and training camp battles. Cook could get beaten out by Trevor Robinson, and Bengals left guard Clint Boling could lose his job to Travelle Wharton.

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