There's a solid crop of offensive linemen preparing to begin their professional careers in 2014, headlined (just like last year) by an offensive tackle from Texas A&M.
Given the huge premium placed on offensive linemen in the draft, the first round will no doubt be chock full of them.
Matt Miller's latest first-round mock draft here at Bleacher Report, for example, has no fewer than five offensive tackles listed among the first 32 players selected.
However, the 2014 class in the trenches isn't quite as deep as last year's, at least where so-called "can't-miss" players are concerned. Jake Matthews of A&M, in fact, is the only consensus top-10 pick among the bunch.
The gap is even wider along the interior of the line. There's no slam-dunk first-round guards such as Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina or Chance Warmack of Alabama. Miller has no guards being taken in the first round, while Stanford's David Yankey is the only interior lineman with a first-round grade at CBS.
Of course, last year's top two picks (Kansas City's Eric Fisher and Jacksonville's Luke Joeckel) both struggled as rookies, so what do the experts know?
Some big uglies to watch as we move toward the new year:
1.) Taylor Lewan, Michigan: Much like the aforementioned Bradley Roby, Lewan probably hurt his draft stock more than he helped it by returning to Ann Arbor for one more year. Still, a strong showing in the Senior Bowl and some good workouts should be enough to lock the 6'7", 315-pounder in as a first-round pick.
2.) Cyril Richardson, Baylor: Much of Lache Seastrunk's success running the ball this year can be attributed to a stout offensive line anchored by Richardson. And when we say anchored, we mean anchored...Richardson is a 340-pound road grader.
3.) Travis Swanson, Arkansas: The 6'4", 305-pound senior may have spent the 2013 season languishing on a bad Arkansas team, but the four-year starter might be able to creep into the first round as the first center selected if things break right next spring.