Atlanta Falcons: Who are the top 5 Offensive Linemen of All-Time for the Falcons?

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 9: Members of the Atlanta Falcons offensive line (L-R) Garrett Reynolds #75, Todd McClure #62, Justin Blalock #63, Sam Baker #72, and Tyson Clabo #77 are introduced before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome on August 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 9: Members of the Atlanta Falcons offensive line (L-R) Garrett Reynolds #75, Todd McClure #62, Justin Blalock #63, Sam Baker #72, and Tyson Clabo #77 are introduced before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome on August 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Left Tackle

3 Oct 1993: Defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman of the Chicago Bears (left) and offensive lineman Mike Kenn of the Atlanta Falcons tangle up during a game at Soldeier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won the game, 6-0.
3 Oct 1993: Defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman of the Chicago Bears (left) and offensive lineman Mike Kenn of the Atlanta Falcons tangle up during a game at Soldeier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won the game, 6-0. /

Mike Kenn (1978-1994)

Mike Kenn is the second best Falcons player ever, according to Pro Football Reference, and watching the limited film of him, you can understand why. Although Mike Kenn’s teams weren’t incredibly successful, Kenn dominated throughout the 9 straight losing seasons.

Left Guard

SEATTLE – OCTOBER 02: Running back Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes with the help of guard Justin Blalock #63 against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE – OCTOBER 02: Running back Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes with the help of guard Justin Blalock #63 against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Justin Blalock (2007-2014)

Justin Black came to the Falcons in 2007 and stayed until 2014 as he controlled the interior line and helped Michael Turner become an All-Pro and gain over 6,000 yards. He started 125 games and was a part of five winning seasons, four playoff appearances, two division championships and one NFC championship game appearance. Not only was he a great player but he also does great things off the field in the form of charitable work.

Center

SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 23: Jeff Van Note #57 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 23, 1986 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 20-0. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 23: Jeff Van Note #57 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 23, 1986 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 20-0. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) /

Jeff Van Note (1969-1986)

Jeff Van Note is the third best Falcons player ever, according to Pro Football Reference, and helped Steve Bartkowski become great during the 80s. Jeff Van Note not only impressed by playing into his 40s while only missing 4 games but he didn’t even play offensive line until he got to the NFL and turned out to be our second best offensive linemen of all time.

Right Guard

SAN FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER 23: Guard Bill Fralic #79 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 23, 1990 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER 23: Guard Bill Fralic #79 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 23, 1990 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) /

Bill Fralic (1985-1992)

Known for his iconic neck roll, Bill Fralic is a top 20 Falcons player all-time and along with Mike Kenn, dominated defensive lineman in the late 80s. One can only wonder what his career would’ve been without injuries but in his time in the NFL, he built up his reputation as a great run blocker. Fralic helped pave the way for running back Gerald Riggs and protected quarterbacks Chris Miller and current Falcons color analyst Dave Archer.

Right Tackle

ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 15: Tyson Clabo #77 of the Atlanta Falcons runs onto the field during player introductions against the Green Bay Packers during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 15: Tyson Clabo #77 of the Atlanta Falcons runs onto the field during player introductions against the Green Bay Packers during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Tyson Clabo (2006-2012)

Tyson Clabo was a staple of the Falcons line during Matt Ryan’s years and helped Matt Ryan avoid pressure many a time. Clabo wasn’t flashy as he didn’t drive players off the ball that often but he built himself up as a reliable blocker on the right side of the line.

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