Ranking top 10 SEC offensive linemen for 2021: Texas A&M has best, but which two teams have the most?

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Kenyon Green is the best offensive lineman in SEC football going into the 2021 season, according to a poll of sports journalists who cover the league for the USA TODAY Sports Network.

The Texas A&M junior garnered five of a possible 17 first-place votes to head a list of the top 10 SEC offensive lineman as determined by the vote. Four different players received first-place votes.

A total of 24 linemen representing all 14 league schools received votes in the poll. Alabama and Ole Miss were the only schools to land two linemen in the top 10, Alabama with Evan Neal and Emil Ekiyor Jr.; Ole Miss with Nick Broeker and Ben Brown.

Ten points were awarded for a first-place vote down to one point for a 10th-place vote. Four quarterbacks received at least one first-place vote.

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The USA TODAY Sports Network is counting down to SEC Media Days, scheduled for July 19-22 in Hoover, Alabama, by revealing its top players at each position grouping.

Here is a look at the SEC's top 10 offensive linemen:

Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green (55) douses head coach Jimbo Fisher at the end of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Texas A&M defeated North Carolina 41-27. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

1. Kenyon Green

Texas A&M, junior tackle (154 points, 5 first-place votes)

Green was named a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Outland Trophy in 2020. He started at guard his first two seasons but is expected to play left tackle in 2021.

James Fletcher

Freshman offensive lineman Darian Kinnard practices during UK training camp in August 2018.

2. Darian Kinnard

Kentucky, senior offensive tackle (139 points, 3 first-place votes)

Projected as a first-round round NFL Draft pick by The Athletic, Kinnard moved from right tackle to left tackle during spring practice. He is the nation’s highest-rated returning tackle in run blocking, according to Pro Football Focus.

Jon Hale

Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal (73). Originally from Okeechobee, Fla., Neal attended IMG Academy.
Photo by Kent Gidley

3. Evan Neal

Alabama, junior tackle (119 points, 6 first-place votes)

Neal brings power and the versatility needed to play multiple positions at a high level. In 2021, he will play his third position in as many seasons with him expected to slide to left tackle.

Nick Kelly

4. Charles Cross

Mississippi State, sophomore tackle (115  points, 3 first-place votes)

Cross started 10 of 11 games in 2020. ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay has Cross going No. 4 overall to the New York Jets in his 2022 mock draft.

Tyler Horka

5. Cade Mays

Tennessee, senior guard/tackle (93 points)

Mays has been a starter at Tennessee and Georgia for three seasons. He’s Tennessee’s top offensive player entering the 2021 season.

Mike Wilson

6. Jamaree Salyer

Georgia, senior guard/tackle (61 points)

The former five-star prospect started at left tackle last season before moving inside to left guard. The development of others this season may determine if he stays there. 

Marc Weiszer

Nov 16, 2019; Oxford, MS, USA; Louisiana State Tigers offensive lineman Ed Ingram (70) talks with teammates in the last moments of the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

7. Ed Ingram

LSU, senior guard (51 points)

The most talented and consistent lineman on a unit that returns four starters, Ingram began to dominate toward the end of last season after missing all of 2018 on suspension and starting just three games in 2019.

Glenn Guilbeau

8. Emil Ekiyor Jr.

Alabama, junior guard (50 points)

Ekiyor displays the nasty needed to play offensive line. He started every game in 2020 at guard, demonstrating an ability to work to the second level.

Nick Kelly

9. Nick Broeker

Ole Miss, junior tackle (32 points)

Broeker started every game at tackle for Ole Miss last season. He earned SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after the South Carolina game last year and was a freshman All-American in 2019.

Nick Suss

10. Ben Brown

Ole Miss, senior center (28 points)

Brown has started 34 consecutive games at guard and center for Ole Miss. He didn’t allow any sacks in 2019 and led Ole Miss to the No. 1 rushing offense in the SEC in 2020.

Nick Suss

Voting panel: Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun; John Adams, Knoxville News Sentinel; Will Backus, Knoxville News Sentinel; Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune; James Fletcher, The Tuscaloosa News; Gentry Estes, The Tennessean; Aria Gerson, The Tennessean; Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser; Jon Hale, The Courier Journal; Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News; Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News; Adam Sparks, The Tennessean; Nick Suss, The Clarion-Ledger; Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel; Josh Vitale, Montgomery Advertiser; Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald; Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel.

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