The men in the trenches — without them, you stand little to no chance of winning in the NFL.
This year's offensive line class isn't all that strong — there's no consensus top pick — but that doesn't mean it's any less intriguing.
If you enjoy sleepers, this is your position group.
But for now, here are the top 10 offensive linemen available in April's draft:
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Julie'n Davenport , OT, Bucknell
This could have been Florida State offensive tackle Rod Johnson (who checks it at No. 11 and is a likely second-day pick), but Davenport, from FCS Bucknell, is too intriguing to leave off this list.
He's raw, and the competition level is going to be a tough jump, but he has shown great athleticism and has the perfect frame to be an NFL tackle. Add in his strong character, and a team is going to take on the project and try to unlock his incredible potential.
Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
There are two top-flight centers in this weak center class, and Pocic narrowly beat out Ohio State's Pat Elfin in my book.
Pocic won't fare well against powerful nose guards, but since those aren't utilized as much as they once were around the league, that weakness is partially mitigated. What Pocic will provide is the intelligence necessary to be a center in this league — something many seem to underrate in the evaluation process (how many overlooked or even undrafted, guys are starting at center in the NFL?) — and clean, effective run blocking.
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Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
With light feet and a toughness you can't teach, Garcia turned heads at the Senior Bowl. He can play inside or outside and will probably get the opportunity to work at both guard and tackle, as he's a bit of a project. The first step in making Garcia a viable NFL offensive lineman is getting him over 300 pounds.
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Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple
Dawkins can manhandle opposing pass rushers — he turned heads at the Senior Bowl for his sheer strength. He's likely better suited at guard than tackle, but NFL teams will give him a shot at both early on, as he's unlikely to break his first pro camp as a starter. But once he gets in the starting lineup, look out, he's unlikely to leave for a long while.
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Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
Smart, strong, tough in the run game, tough in the pass game. Feeney isn't a perfect guard prospect — his feet need work and that raises questions if he's anything but a zone guard — but with time and further development he has a tremendous ceiling.
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Dorian Johnson, OG, Pitt
This guy is a road grader. An excellent run blocker who doesn't slack in the passing game, Johnson has a chance to start immediately for an NFL team because of his impressive polish and toughness. He might not have the highest ceiling out of all of the offensive linemen in this class, but he arguably has the highest floor.
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Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The most physically gifted lineman in this draft — he's bursting with the athletic ability that's necessary to play tackle at the NFL level.
The problem is that he's raw — really raw. He played only one year at the FBS level, and though he was an All-Pac-12 selection, one could argue that his success came solely from his toughness and athleticism. In the NFL, you need a lot more than that.
The boom-or-bust factor on Bolles is high, but he could still be the first offensive lineman off the board.
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Forrest Lamp, OT, Western Kentucky
No offensive lineman had a better game against the all-time Alabama defense this year than Lamp. That hasn't gone unnoticed.
Lamp doesn't particularly excel at anything, but he lacks deficiencies in his game.
His frame and not-exactly-long arms might force him to play guard, but early in his career, as a swing lineman, he has a chance to make an incredible impact. He's a gamer.
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Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Robinson was a three-year starter at Alabama whose stats should make him the first offensive lineman taken in April.
But that's not the full story.
The tape shows that Robinson is an elite run blocker at tackle — truly elite — but that his heavy feet and sometimes suspect footwork can leave him on his heels in the passing game.
If the footwork proves to be an easy fix, some team is going to end up with a starting left tackle for the next decade. If not, Robinson might struggle to live up to his long-held potential.
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Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
He was playing in Division III two years ago, but after a transfer and one year playing at Wisconsin, Ramczyk has separated himself as the top offensive lineman in this class, and frankly, I don't think it's all that close.
He's smart, he's athletic, and while he might not have the shoulder width some scouts might desire, width is overrated when you have great footwork, which Ramczyk does. His tape against LSU and Michigan show a player that could start at tackle immediately, if not at left tackle, then certainly at right.