Ranking Ohio State's Best Offensive Linemen Of The Urban Meyer Era

Buckeye Sports Bulletin is continuing its series of the top Buckeyes at each position to play at Ohio State in the first five years of the Urban Meyer era. Next up, the offensive line.

We are now on day eight of our 10 part series breaking down the best Ohio State players to play their position in the first five years under Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes offensive line has been solid under both Ed Warinner and Greg Studrawa since Meyer's arrival, paving the way for the likes of Ezekiel Elliott and Braxton Miller. Ryan McGlade, Tim Moody and I ranked our top offensive linemen of the Meyer era at Ohio State. 

No. 10 - Marcus Hall

While Hall was a three-year starter along Ohio State's offensive line from 2011-13, he is best known for a certain gesture made to Michigan fans after being ejected for his part in an on-field brawl between the Buckeye and Wolverines in 2013. Hall started 31 games in his Ohio State career and was a part of a Buckeye front that won 24 straight games to start Meyer's time at OSU. He was named All-Big Ten honorable mention during his senior season in 2013. 

T-No. 8 - Michael Jordan

He is entering just his second season as a Buckeye, but Jordan earned some votes from our panel after becoming the first true freshman to start for Ohio State on the offensive line since Orlando Pace. While he had his ups and downs as a rookie, Jordan started all 13 games for Ohio State and was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. With another solid two or three years, Jordan could find himself near the top of this list by the time his career is over. 

T-No. 8 - Reid Fragel

Fragel played just one year on the offensive line for Ohio State, but during that one season, helped the Buckeyes complete a perfect 12-0 season in his only year playing under Meyer. After playing his first three years as a tight end where he caught just 14 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown, Fragel put on around 20 pounds and moved to right tackle, where he was named to the All-Big Ten honorable mention list. Fragel was drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by Cincinnati and is currently on the practice roster for the Minnesota Vikings. 

No. 7 - Andrew Norwell

A three year starter for Ohio State from 2011-13, Norwell was a two time first-team All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Buckeyes to their first appearance in the Big Ten title game. Norwell started 39 of the 50 games he played in his Buckeye career and despite going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Norwell has turned himself into an NFL starter for the Carolina Panthers. In just his second season with the Panthers, Norwell started in Super Bowl 50, where his team lost to the Denver Broncos. 

No. 6 - Jamarco Jones

Jones is entering his senior season for Ohio State, but shot his way up this list for his solid contributions in 2016 and high ceiling for the upcoming 2017 campaign. During his first season as a starter, Jones was named second team All-Big Ten by both coaches and media. He is widely regarded as one of the top offensive lineman prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft and without question Ohio State's best exterior lineman on the current roster. 

No. 5 - Jack Mewhort 

A three year starter and senior captain, Mewhort was a versatile lineman in his time at Ohio State. He started games at both tackle and guard with the Buckeyes over his career and was named a third-team Associated Press All-American in his final year of 2013. He started 39 consecutive games to end his career before he was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Indianapolis Colts, where he has played in, and started 40 games in three seasons. 

T-No. 3 - Corey Linsley

The anchor of Meyer's first offensive line in Columbus, Linsley was a two-year starter from 2012-13. During the Buckeyes undefeated season of 2012, Linsley was named All-Big Ten honorable mention by both coaches and media. Linsley followed his junior season up with an even better senior campaign, earning first team All-Big Ten honors as he anchored an offensive line that led Ohio State to a top-five finish nationally in rushing yards. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 draft by the Green Bay Packers, where he started as a rookie. In three seasons, Linsley has played in and started 38 games in the NFL. 

T-No. 3 - Billy Price

Once the Buckeyes step on the field against Indiana on Aug. 31, Price will be a four year starter on Ohio State's offensive line, having played two positions. After initially being recruited as a defensive tackle, Price was moved to offensive guard as a freshman and after redshirting the 2013 season, earned a starting spot on Ohio State's 2014 national title team and hasn't looked back. He was a third team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches in 2015 before earning first team honors by both coaches and media in 2016. Price is set to move to center in 2017, to replace the large void left by the next man on our list. 

No. 2 - Pat Elflein

A three year starter, Elflein got his first taste big taste of college football against Michigan in 2013, as he stepped in for the ejected Marcus Hall. After Hall was benched for the 2013 Big Ten title game for his antics, Elflein earned his first career start in Ohio State's 34-24 loss in Indianapolis. He became a full-time starter in 2014 and helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way to a 2014 national title. After reprising his role as a starting guard in 2015, Elflein returned for his redshirt senior season in 2016 as a center to replace Jacoby Boren. Elflein was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 2017 draft.

No. 1 - Taylor Decker

Another three year starter, Decker started at right tackle in 2013 before bumping over to left tackle in 2014-15 for the Buckeyes. In addition to blocking J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones' blindside, Decker helped lead the way for the emergence of Ezekiel Elliott and Carlos Hyde during his time at Ohio State. He was a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2014 before being named the 2015 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year during his senior season. Decker went on to be one of five first round picks from Ohio State in the 2016 NFL Draft, as he was selected 16th overall by the Detroit Lions. He went on to start all 16 games at left tackle during his rookie season and was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team. 

Other receiving votes: Jacoby Boren


James Grega: Outside of the quarterback position, I am of the belief that the blindside tackle is the most important position on offense and Taylor Decker was as good as Ohio State has had in recent years. I was the only one of us to give Jacoby Boren a vote, as I voted him onto this list ahead of Reid Fragel for the simple fact that he was a two-year starter and anchored the offensive line that won a national title in 2014. 

Ryan McGlade: I had Taylor Decker at the top of my list. What he did in his two years at left tackle, maybe the most important position on the line other than center, was remarkable and set a standard of expectation, I think. Everyone talks about all of the great running backs and defensive backs Ohio State has produced over the years. Offensive line, however, is one position group the Buckeyes have continuously churned out stud after stud. This has been a very impressive position group under Urban Meyer's leadership to say the least.   

Tim Moody: Pat Elflein got top billing in my opinion for the way he capped his career, but you can't go wrong with most of the guys on this list. Jamarco Jones just might have a chance to shoot up these rankings, too.

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