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Current Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross was drafted No. 8 overall in 2003. There have been 13 offensive linemen drafted in the top 10 the past 10 years, and all but two are still in the NFL.
In the previous 10 drafts, 15 offensive linemen have been selected in the top 10. All but two are still in the NFL.
In that same time, 15 wide receivers were drafted top 10. Five of them are no longer in football and one, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams, was out of football for two years.
When teams draft an offensive lineman, typically they get a player that will last on their roster for years to come. They are stable players that traditionally have the necessary skills to succeed at the next level.
When you draft an offensive lineman, the term “potential” usually doesn’t come into the equation—a term often used to describe wide receivers or defensive backs.
Offensive lineman who are drafted in the top 10 usually have the skill set necessary to be successful in the NFL.