Best of 2011: Tyron Smith (1st), Nate Solder (1st), Anthony Costanzo (1st), Marcus Gilbert (2nd)
Best of 2012: Matt Kalil, Riley Reiff, Mike Adams, Jonathan Martin
In 2011, six offensive tackles were taken in the first 32 picks. Tyron Smith, the first tackle off the board, had an impressive first season and Marcus Gilbert became the Steelers second-best lineman in his first season.
But for all the picks, there wasn't really a standout left tackle stud. Smith, Solder, Costanzo and Gilbert all played the right side and weren't assigned as blindside blockers.
Matt Kalil heads up the 2012 class, and he's an absolute stud. He's the reason Tyron Smith was playing the right side at USC and is almost positively a top-five pick.
Riley Reiff could also find himself as a left tackle in this league.
Decision: 2012 class edges out 2011 with their left tackles
Kalil is a guaranteed left tackle, and it looks like that's where Riley Reiff is headed as well. But Mike Adams might also find himself as a blindside protector.
He has as much talent as anyone in the draft, but just hasn't lived up to it.
The 2011 class is probably going to be deeper, but I doubt there will ever be a true left tackle to come from that draft.