AFC East O-linemen atop the heap

ESPN.com's mighty Power Rankings conglomerate ranked the NFL's left tackles.

Over at NFL.com, senior analyst Pat Kirwan rated the 25 best offensive linemen. As Kirwan has been doing with his positional rankings, he also noted whether each player was trending up or down or holding steady for 2011.

Three of his top 10 and four his top 15 hail from AFC East.

Kirwan ranked Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long in his "A" group (and had him rising) along with New York Jets center Nick Mangold (highest at his position), New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans and Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross.

Kirwan slotted Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson in the "B" group. New England Patriots left guard Logan Mankins was in the "C" group, placing him fourth among all guards.

No other AFC East players made Kirwan's list, although he noted Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is an up-and-comer who should make the cut soon enough.