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2011 Draft: Time for the interior guys?

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For years, offensive tackle has been outpacing guards and center early in the draft. That will probably still be the case this year, but guards and centers are closing the gap.

Call it being guardedly optimistic. It's been more than 30 years since the first interior offensive lineman was chosen ahead of the initial offensive tackle in the draft, and at least a quarter-century since there were more combined guards and centers than tackles in the first round. Both streaks will probably continue this year, although there might be a few interior blockers who go higher...

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