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Two offensive linemen were selected in the first round of last month’s NFL draft, the fewest since 1965.

In 2017, the big guys up front are positioned to bounce back.

With the help of former Auburn guard and ESPN and SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic, here’s a look at some of the draft-eligible offensive linemen that will be vital to their team’s performance in 2017.

Mike McGlinchey, OT, and Quinton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish are hoping the left side of their line can help lead a turnaround from last season’s 4-8 mess. McGlinchey is a mountain at 6-foot-8 and 312 pounds, with potential to be the first offensive lineman taken in next year’s draft.

The 6-5, 330-pound Nelson is a dominant run blocker. “He’s an absolute mauler,” Cubelic said.

Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

The Sooners have to replace some top-flight talent at running back and wide receiver, but the offensive line should make life easy on the new playmakers. Brown is the leader. At 6-7 and 340, Brown took a big leap forward from his redshirt freshman season to last year in fundamentals and technique. Athletically, he has all the tools. “He is your elite, prototypical tackle frame,” Cubelic said.

Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson

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Hyatt was a huge recruit who has been starting since his freshman season. He has made steady progress from solid in 2015 to very good in 2016. This season the Tigers expect him to be one of the best offensive linemen in the country and a leader of an offense that will have plenty of new faces at the skill positions.

Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State

Rankin is a junior college transfer who redshirted his first season with the Bulldogs in 2015. He needed some time to develop last season, but by the end of 2016 he was showing star potential. “He has some nasty when he gets latched on,” Cubelic said.

Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas