New England Patriots top 5 offensive linemen in franchise history

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New England Patriots all-time offensive lineman: No. 4 – Logan Mankins

The fourth on the top five list is a more recent vintage lineman from the era of Super Bowl-winning teams. That would be offensive guard, Logan Mankins.

Mankins was a rather controversial first-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL draft. Having played tackle at Fresno State, Mankins would go on to have a remarkable NFL career at guard.

Mankins played for the Patriots from 2005 until traded to Tampa Bay in 2014 (a trade that current Buc, Tom Brady, ironically was no fan of) and he played two years for the Bucs before retiring in 2016.  Mankins was what they called “country strong” having been raised on a cattle ranch.

One thing about this player that demonstrates his toughness was his playing for most of the 2011 season with a torn ACL and he then subsequently tore his other ACL in a playoff game. He still played later in the Super Bowl loss that season to the New York Giants, the injuries notwithstanding. That’s cowboy tough.

Mankins played on some truly outstanding Patriots teams though he did not win a Super Bowl with the club. So he’ll have to contend himself with being a great player on some great teams. In addition, Mankins is a candidate in 2022 for the Patriots Hall of Fame. No doubt, he’ll garner a lot of support.