Outside of quarterback and perhaps pass rusher, no position is more important in today’s NFL than offensive tackle.
Every year, we see at least three or four blindside protectors go in the first round, with some years producing even more.
The proliferation of passing offenses and importance of the quarterback position has only increased the value of the offensive tackle spot. Interestingly, the tackle spot in general has become a pricey commodity, as right tackles aren’t just lumbering run blockers anymore.
From a draft perspective, offensive tackles are typically seen as “safe” picks in the first round. But looking at some recent high selections, that long-held notion may no longer be the case. Let’s take a look at the first-round offensive tackles from the past five draft classes.