Despite the fanfare in the draft process on where the top quarterbacks will land or who will snag receiver Sammy Watkins, NFL teams know that there's much more to drafting for an offense than just focusing on skill positions. Taking an offensive lineman early in the draft isn't a sexy strategy, but finding a plus-starter with Pro Bowl upside on the offensive line can do wonders for an offense.
While there's no locks in the NFL draft, early round offensive linemen have generally proved to be relatively "safe," at least in terms of staying in the NFL, sticking as a starter and producing the Pro Bowlers.
The 2014 class of offensive linemen is one of the better crops in recent years, as it features franchise offensive tackles, instant starters on the interior and likely more than one Pro Bowl-level player. Here are eight players who can both start early in their NFL careers and have the Pro Bowl upside teams covet.