When it comes to the notion of safe picks in the NFL Draft, the interior offensive line definitely comes to mind. Guards and centers traditionally have a low bust rate in the first round, and teams can often find 10-year mainstays at those spots.
While only a few interior linemen are selected in the first round every year, teams picking at the back end of Round 1 should definitely consider a guard or center. Today’s defensive tackles are more capable than ever of putting pressure on the quarterback, which makes a solid interior trio more important.
Let’s take a look at the careers of the guards and centers taken in the first round of the last five drafts.