Laremy Tunsil figures to be the first tackle off the draft board. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP File Photo)

The precedent for selecting a left tackle in the top four picks was set well before Laremy Tunsil was born. Case in point, over the past 10 years in the draft, 11 tackles have been selected within the top five picks of each respective draft.

In 2013, the top two picks were left tackles. In 2008, Miami made Jake Long the No. 1 pick in the draft. Even though Tunsil-to-the-Titans went up in smoke after the blockbuster swap with the L.A. Rams, he should still hear his name within the first 30 minutes of the draft.

Tunsil, though, is more than just another left tackle taken near the top of this draft. He’s the best left tackle prospect the NFL has seen since Joe Thomas or Trent Williams entered the draft in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Honestly, he might be better. Of those 10 tackles taken near the top of previous drafts, Tunsil might have the most potential at the position. Rarely does a prospect exhibit so few flaws. He’s agile like a tight end, slides up and down the arc smoothly and can eliminate the edge in the run game. It may not be sexy to draft a tackle within the top five picks, but it certainly can be effective.

Just ask Ozzie Newsome.

In 1996, Newsome, Baltimore Ravens VP of player personnel at the time, and the Ravens personnel staff faced a dilemma sitting at pick No. 4. After moving to Baltimore, Ravens owner Art Modell wanted to make a splash and draft talented, but troubled, former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips. But, staying true to the board and the process, the Ravens opted for Jonathan Ogden, who ended up being a foundation piece for years to come and Ogden was voted to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2013.

Tunsil is a different prospect than Ogden, he’s quicker and more graceful and, ultimately, better suited to today’s faster NFL. And because of that Tunsil won’t last long into Thursday night when the draft gets underway.

The Top 10s for 2016
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The top 10 offensive linemen in 2016

1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (OT)
Projected: 1st round

See above.

2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (OT)
Projected: 1st round

The Rams-Titans move at the top of the draft impacts Stanley too as he’s the No. 2 bona fide left tackle on the board. If Tunsil gets pushed down by quarterbacks going at 1-2, a team that eyed Stanley in the 7-12 range, might consider moving up to get Tunsil. Stanley isn’t a drive blocker at the position, but he dances with the best edge rushers in college football.

3. Jack Conklin, Michigan State (OT)
Projected: 1st round

It’s hard to imagine a former walk-on being a potential top-15 pick, then again who thought a zero-star recruit (Carson Wentz) could be the top pick in the draft? But, Conklin was no ordinary walk-on. He red-shirted his first year on campus but impressed the coaching staff immediately and received a scholarship before starting 13 games as a redshirt freshman. I love his mentality. He’s nasty and loves to finish defenders at the point of attack, but speed rushers could give him some issue early in his career. He can play left tackle or right tackle, but might be best served to start on the right side and eventually progress to the left side.

4. Jason Spriggs, Indiana (OT)
Projected: Late 1st round

One of the best athletes at the position, Spriggs is nimble and agile and looks the part of an effective, 10-year starting left tackle, about 85 percent of the time. Yet, there’s this 15 percent of the time he struggles and it’s puzzling and maddening. He doesn’t handle inside moves well at all, and that was evident throughout his career and at the Senior Bowl. The 85 percent makes teams giddy, the 15 percent scares the you-know-what out of teams. But, ultimately, traits win, which is why he should be a first-rounder.

5. Taylor Decker, Ohio State (OT)
Projected: 2nd round

When he was a sophomore, his first start at right tackle came against the Buffalo Bulls. What should have been a walk in the park against a MAC team wasn’t thanks to the future pro on the other side of the line. Pro Bowl OLB/DE Khalil Mack gave young Decker an education in that 2013 opener, but it paid off for the Buckeye tackle over his next 41 starts. He’s more of a right tackle than a left, but has a nasty demeanor and some pop in his pads. His pass-protection needs some work, but that’s not unusual for any college lineman making the leap to the NFL.

6. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State (OG)
Projected: 2nd round

The former left tackle will move to guard in the NFL, in large part due to his lack of arm length and overall build. He’s built like a brick house and could eventually develop into a Logan Mankins-type guard. Ultimately, he could play all five positions on the offensive line, but he’s best served to step in and play guard immediately.

7. Ryan Kelly, Alabama (OC)
Projected: 2nd round

Kelly is the best center in this draft but if there’s skepticism about a rookie at center, keep in mind the Patriots won in 2014 with rookie Bryan Stork at center. Kelly is one tough hombre and has the football intelligence to set protections for the entire offensive line, which he did as a three-year starter for Alabama.

8. Joshua Garnett, Stanford (OG)
Projected: 2nd round

Garnett is a hammer at the point of attack. He’s not pretty. He’s not sexy. He’s not even a great pass-protector. But, when it comes to running the football, he’s your guy. Whether he’s asked to pop and pull, zone block or drive block at the guard position, Garnett will be an immediate asset in the running game.

9. Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (OG/OT)
Projected: 2nd round

Ifedi played two years at tackle and one year at guard at Texas A&M and is best suited to play guard. He’s got the wingspan and the athleticism to play tackle, but he was too inconsistent at tackle to think he can survive there against NFL pass-rushers. He’s a gifted interior prospect but some team will try him at right tackle, given his dimensions.

10. Nick Martin, Notre Dame (OG/OC)
Projected: 3rd round

Although he could play guard like his Pro Bowl brother Zack, he’s a ready-made center. In 2014, he held his own against powerful Louisville Sheldon Rankins, a possible top-15 pick, and that’s when he convinced me he was a true next-level prospect. He’s a intelligent technician that will get after defensive tackles in the run game.