Fans would disagree with FanSided's 49ers offensive line rankings

San Francisco 49ers offensive linemen (L to R) Colton Mckivitz, Spencer Burford, Aaron Banks, Jake Brendel, Trent Williams
San Francisco 49ers offensive linemen (L to R) Colton Mckivitz, Spencer Burford, Aaron Banks, Jake Brendel, Trent Williams / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages

On one hand, it's nice to see positive takes on the 49ers offensive line. But most Niners fans would probably disagree.

If one was to take a poll of San Francisco 49ers fans at this very moment, asking which position was the weakest heading into 2024, the universal answer would probably be the offensive line.

That O-line was victimized in front of a national audience during last February's overtime Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and one can fairly wonder what the outcome would have been if the Niners boasted an elite O-line instead of the one they trusted over the course of the full season.

Aside from future Hall of Fame left tackle Trent Williams, San Francisco's O-line is mostly a list of names few outside of the Bay Area know about. From center Jake Brendel to right tackle Colton McKivitz, one could argue the right side is comprised mostly of backup-caliber linemen, too.

So, it's not too shocking to see San Francisco invest two picks from the 2024 NFL Draft to reinforce this group, grabbing Dominick Puni and Jarrett Kingston to hopefully upgrade the unit.

However, while many a 49ers fan is probably bearish on this group, one breakdown from FanSided's popular NFL Spin Zone site actually feels, gulp... the Niners' O-line is pretty good.

Yes, you read that right.

NFL Spin Zone ranks 49ers O-line as better than average

Taking a look at all 32 teams' offensive lines with both free agency and thee draft now complete, NFL Spin Zone's Lou Scataglia is actually feeling pretty good about San Francisco's own.

In fact, Scataglia ranked the 49ers' O-line 14th overall entering 2024.

Wow, 14th? Here's Scataglia's justification:

"A first-ballot Hall of Fame left tackle, Trent Williams does a lot of heavy-lifting for this unit, but Kolton McKivitz is a fine right tackle and the interior is serviceable."

We won't dog Scataglia for misspelling "Colton," but it's not likely Niners fans view him as a "fine right tackle." Especially after Pro Football Focus credited McKivitz with allowing a whopping nine sacks and 47 pressures a year ago.

But the greater takeaway might simply be San Francisco doesn't have a terrible O-line, especially when compared to the rest of the NFL.

Still, it remains a unit that could stand for some upgrades, including on the right side over McKivitz. Although the 49ers probably feel this whole group outside of Williams is, well... serviceable.

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