Linemen Safe, Smart Choices

National Football Post

There never has been a better time to draft an offensive lineman in the early rounds, and many teams are expected to take advantage of it early and often later this week.

There are several reasons for this. The first is there is an abundance of blockers with high round grades this year. It’s one of the better years for offensive linemen from a depth perspective that the draft has seen in a long time.

According to front office men I’ve spoken with at least 17 offensive linemen carry grades that merit them being picked in the top three rounds, including seven players in the first. Some teams may have as many as 20 blockers with grades that put them in the top three rounds. There isn’t one player who is a consideration for the first overall pick, but Tyron Smith of Southern Cal could go as high as the top 10.

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