AFC South Rankings: Offensive Lines

The only definite way to the postseason and to a lucrative postseason home game is to win your division. To figure out who has the inside track in the AFC South for 2012, we are going to rank each of the position groups from best to worst. We will move on to the offensive lines.

1. Houston Texans

Duane Brown, Wade Smith, Chris Myers, Antoine Caldwell, Rashad Butler, Nick Mondek

Despite the loss of Mike Brisiel in free agency and Eric Winston, the Texans have an extremely talented offensive line returning in 2012. Duane Brown ascended to elite status in 2011 and Chris Myers is one of the very best centers in the game. Houston will have to replace Winston with either a journeyman in Rashad Butler or a rookie in Nick Mondek but the interior of the line will be a major strength yet again.

2. Tennessee Titans

Michael Roos, Steve Hutchinson, Eugene Amano, Leroy Harris, David Stewart

The Titans tackle tandem of Michael Roos and David Stewart are among the very best in football and they hope the signing of seven-time Pro Bowler Steve Hutchinson will bring some leadership and toughness to the interior. Eugene Amano is a serviceable center and the weakest link will likely be LeRoy Harris. Overall, a very solid offensive line.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Eugene Monroe, Will Rackley, Brad Meester, Uche Nwaneri, Eben Britton

The Jaguars have a mix of young and old on their offensive line along with talented players and players who are yet to prove themselves. Eugene Monroe has all the physical tools to be an elite tackle, but his bookend Eben Britton hasn't proven himself when healthy. Will Rackley looked overmatched last season as a rookie but Uche Nwaneri played at a very high level. Brad Meester has been rock solid in the middle for over a decade, but one has to wonder how much longer he'll be effective as he creeps past 35 years of age.

4. Indianapolis Colts

Anthony Castonzo, Ben Ijalana, Samson Satele, Seth Olsen, Mike Tepper, George Foster

The Colts have the potential to have a really talented offensive line in 2012, but there are plenty of unproven guys which puts them at the number four ranking here. Castonzo is a very good technician at offensive tackle but he will have to improve significantly in his sophomore campaign. Ben Ijalana is very talented but again, very raw. Indianapolis will likely start a journeyman at right tackle and center, and the depth on this line is questionable. Rookie Andrew Luck will have to get the football out quickly to have success in 2012.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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