Pair of Eagles Tackles Rank Well in PFF’s 2022 Top OT Rankings
The Philadelphia Eagles hope to have one of the top offensive lines in football this season, and with two solid tackles, the foundation is there to achieve that goal.
Right tackle Lane Johnson and Left tackle Jordan Mailata form one of the top tackle duos in football and should provide plenty of protection or Jalen Hurts and room to run for Miles Sanders and Kenny Gainwell.
Expectations will be a plenty surrounding the offensive line, especially with these two bookend tackles.
Pro Football Focus’ Ben Linsey had both of the Eagles tackles ranked favorably among his rankings of the league’s best tackles.
The veteran Lane Johnson cracked the list, taking the final spot in the Tier 1 "Elite" category at No. 5 overall.
Johnson is the prototype for the kind of athlete that teams want at offensive tackle at 6-foot-6 with 35-plus inch arms and better than 90th percentile finishes in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and change-of-direction drills coming out of Oklahoma. Even at 32 years old, that athleticism still jumps off of Johnson’s tape.
The former top-five pick is coming off an 83.3 PFF grade in 2021 (third among qualifying right tackles behind just Wirfs and Ramczyk). It’s the fifth consecutive season that Johnson has come away with an 80.0-plus PFF grade with the exception of a 2020 season hampered significantly by an ankle injury.
The only issue when it comes to Johnson, who has been as steady as can be at right tackle for the Eagles, is injury. He has played in just 32 of 49 possible games the past three seasons due to various injuries.
Joining Johnson on the list, in Tier 6, is left tackle Jordan Mailata. The 6-foot-8, 340-pound left tackle came in at No. 18 overall in the "Young tackles trending in the right direction" category.
Last season represented a breakout for the 6-foot-8, 346-pound Mailata, who only began focusing on football in 2018 following a rugby career in Australia. Mailata was forced into action (733 offensive snaps) following a slew of injuries for Philadelphia in 2020, and he won the starting left tackle job outright over former first-round selection Andre Dillard entering the 2021 season. He went on to record an 88.3 overall PFF grade — second among qualifying left tackles — in his first season as a full-time starter last year.
Given those results came in just his second season of playing time, Mailata could continue to rise in these rankings in 2022 with a rare combination of size and athleticism.
His PFF grade made him the second highest graded left tackle in football in his first full season as a starting player, making him a candidate to move up this list in 2022.