Ranking the SEC's offensive linemen

July, 12, 2012
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Earlier, we ranked all 14 SEC offensive line groups, so it's time to look at the league's top linemen.

Past rankings:
Here are our top 10 SEC offensive linemen:

1. Barrett Jones, Sr., Alabama: The reigning Outland Trophy winner is one of the most versatile lineman in college football. He played just about every position on Alabama's line last year and is moving to center this fall. He isn't the biggest lineman, but he's one of the toughest.

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Sean Meyers/Icon SMIThe versatile Barrett Jones will move to center this fall to anchor Alabama's offensive line.
2. Chance Warmack, Sr., Alabama: He was overshadowed by Jones last year, but Warmack is an absolute stud. The athletic guard has great size, strength and mobility and some people at Alabama think he might be the best pro prospect on this extremely talented offensive line.

3. Luke Joeckel, Jr., Texas A&M: He isn't just a legit All-America candidate, as Joeckel could be a first-round pick in next year's NFL draft. He's very imposing at left tackle and should anchor the Aggies' solid line this year. He'll make whichever young quarterback that takes the starting job feel much more comfortable.

4. Chris Faulk, Jr., LSU: He started 13 games at left tackle last year and was one of the toughest linemen to beat in the conference, registering 73.5 knockdowns. He's very explosive, quick, powerful and is very effective in both pass protection and blocking in running situations.

5. D.J. Fluker, Jr., Alabama: He's Alabama's biggest offensive lineman, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 335 pounds. Fluker probably deserved more attention than he received last year, but pro scouts are enamored by his athleticism and power. The right tackle is currently projected by many to be an early first-round pick in next year's NFL draft.

6. Alex Hurst, Sr., LSU: This will be his third straight year to start at right tackle for the Tigers. He registered 71.5 knockdowns last season, with 10.5 coming against Arkansas. The 6-6, 340-pounder isn't just a monster on the field, he's also one of LSU's top performers in the weight room.

7. Larry Warford, Sr., Kentucky: Warford has come a long way since his freshman year. He's been Kentucky's top lineman for the past couple of seasons and is rated high on a lot of NFL draft boards out there. He's an athletic and versatile player, who could line up at other positions if needed.

8. Alvin Bailey, Jr., Arkansas: He's the Hogs' most talented lineman and has started all 26 games of his Arkansas career. The right guard has been essential to helping Arkansas' running game, but he's also very good in pass protection. He was a second-team All-SEC member last year.

9. Gabe Jackson, Jr., Mississippi State: He's the linchpin of the Bulldogs' line and has 26 starts in his career. The left guard is easily Mississippi State's most gifted lineman and showed his worth over and over last season by being very consistent, even when the Bulldogs were forced to constantly reshuffle things up front.

10. Jake Matthews, Jr., Texas A&M: The son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, Jake Matthews will help solidify Texas A&M's side opposite Joeckel. He might have only been an All-Big 12 honorable mention last year, but with his impressive power and ability, he's a legit All-SEC candidate this fall.

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