Panthers O-line is far better than most people realize, it's just dragged way down by one player. This year, we had a rough start due to Ryan's injury and Trai not playing up to par, but they really jelled by the end of the year.
So our O-line we have:
LT: Matt Kalil: Bottom-10 LT in the league overall, but started to get closer towards below average by the end of the year.
LG: Andrew Norwell: Top-5 Guard in the league, 1st team AP All-Pro, PFF All-Pro.
C: Ryan Kalil: The big ?. If Ryan is healthy we have a top-10 center in here, if not, we have Tyler Larsen, who is about average. He did play admirably himself when we needed him, he simply does not set up the blocking like Ryan can.
RG: Trai Turner: Top-15 Guard in the league, perennial pro-bowler who had a shaky start to the year but got back to his normal way of doing things by the end.
RT: Daryl Williams: Top-5 RT in the league if he continues his play from this year, 2nd team AP All-Pro, PFF All-Pro.
Daryl Williams is definitely the biggest surprise, Panthers fans wanted us to use him so much sooner than we did, but maybe he needed that time to learn. Either way had the best year of his career, so he could definitely regress next year but if he holds steady to this level of play, we have a fantastic RT.
Matt Kalil aka "Speedbump McGee" is the weak link. The worst decision of G-man's tenure was to sign him to a $55million/5 year contract when Andrew Whitworth could have been had for a little more. It's not quite as bad as it sounds though. After 2018 the Panthers can cut him for about 5-6 million in dead money and save the rest of that contract, which was heavily backloaded for just this reason. If a good LT falls to us in the draft, I think we take him, thus giving him a chance to either immediately take over the spot from Matt and just use Matt as a backup, or he can ride the pine for the majority of the year and just learn the position.
Edited by Thanatos, 12 January 2018 - 05:08 PM.