Twenty-one offensive tackles have gone in the first round of the past five drafts, including three of the top four picks in the 2013 draft. So when NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara said during the NFL Scouting Combine that the top three tackles this year might even be better than the top three tackles last year, it makes you sit up and take notice.
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said each of the top three tackles this year is "big, strong, fast, highly athletic," and all three could be off the board by the 12th pick.
We decided to take a look at the top three tackles in this draft class -- Michigan's Taylor Lewan, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews and Auburn's Greg Robinson (we've listed them alphabetically because no one seems to have reached a consensus on their order) -- and compare their combines performances with those 21 tackles drafted in the past five first rounds.
Here's a look at how this year's top three match up (quite well).
This year's top three
Size: 6-7, 309 pounds, wingspan of 79 7/8 inches
Combine events: 4.89 in the 40 (unofficial 10-yard split of 1.64 seconds); 30.5-inch vertical jump; broad jump of 9 feet, 9 inches; 29 reps in the bench press; 4.49 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle; 7.39 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Size: 6-5 1/2, 308 pounds, wingspan of 79 1/2 inches
Combine events: 5.07 in the 40 (unofficial 10-yard split of 1.70 seconds); 30.5-inch vertical jump; broad jump of 8 feet, 9 inches; 24 reps in the bench press; 4.47 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle; 7.34 seconds in the three-cone drill
Size: 6-5, 332 pounds, wingspan of 82 3/4 inches
Combine events: 4.92 in the 40 (unofficial 10-yard split of 1.68 seconds); 28.5-inch vertical jump; broad jump of 9 feet, 5 inches; 32 reps in the bench press; 4.86 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle; 7.80 seconds in the three-cone drill
The 21 1st-rounders in past 5 drafts
2011: USC's Tyron Smith, No. 9 overall to Dallas; Colorado's Nate Solder, No. 17 overall to New England; Boston College's Anthony Castonzo, No. 22 overall to Indianapolis; Alabama's James Carpenter, No. 25 overall to Seattle; Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi, No. 29 overall to Chicago; Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod, No. 32 overall to Green Bay.
Average size of the 21: 6-foot-6, 314 pounds
The five best broad jumps:Lane Johnson at 9 feet, 10 inches in 2013; Eric Fisher at 9 feet, 8 inches in 2013; Trent Williams at 9 feet, 5 inches in 2010; Eugene Monroe at 9 feet, 2 inches in 2009; Nate Solder at 9 feet, 2 inches in 2011.
This year: Lewan's would have been second-best, Robinson's tied for fourth.