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We are continuing our periodic AFC West position rankings.
Today, it's the offensive line. This is a group of the best, in my opinion, in the division.
1. Ryan Clady, Denver, T: The second-year left tackle is a bright light. Denver may be in a time of transition, but it has a wonderful anchor in the near-flawless Clady.
2. Nick Hardwick, San Diego, C: Hardwick, in a lot of ways, makes the San Diego offense click. The offense suffered when was hurt. He is smart, tough player.
3. Ryan Harris, Denver, T: Harris is an underrated player. He wasn't as good as Clady in his first season starting at right tackle in 2008, but he was close. Harris and Clady are dream bookend tackles.
4. Casey Wiegmann, Denver, C: Wiegmann is talking about retirement if he doesn't get a new contract. It would be a shame, because he is still playing at a high level.
5. Kris Dielman, San Diego G: Dielman is playing at a Pro Bowl level. He is a big, nasty guard who teams well with Hardwick.
6. Marcus McNeill, San Diego, T: This is an important year for McNeill. He was dealing with injuries last season and he had a rough season. Still, McNeill is talented and is still considered a bright spot for the Chargers.
7. Branden Albert, Kansas City, T: Albert is a comerstone. He showed good signs as a rookie. If he can control his weight, he should be very good in 2009.
8. Brian Waters, Kansas City, G: Waters still has something left in the tank. Still, it doesn't appear he wants it to be in Kansas City.
9. Robert Gallery, Oakland, G: Gallery has been a fine guard for the Raiders after he was moved from tackle. Gallery is considered somewhat of a bust because he was the No. 2 overall draft pick five years ago, but he's an effective guard for Oakland.
10. Cooper Carlisle, Oakland, G: Carlisle is a terrific zone-blocking player and Oakland was thrilled to re-sign him this offseason.
11. Chris Kuper, Denver, G: Kuper is a good, young player. He is stout and fits Denver's system well.
12. Khalif Barnes, Oakland, T: Barnes was a disappointment in Jacksonville. But he has skills and he's fits the Raiders' system well. He has a chance to resurrect his career.
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