McNeill Taken In Second Round

Auburn standout offensive tackle Marcus McNeill was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--The suspense lasted just over one and a half rounds in the 2006 NFL Draft for Auburn offensive tackle Marcus McNeill as he was selected 50th overall by the San Diego Chargers on Saturday.

A mainstay for the Tigers on the offensive line since his freshman season, McNeill was a finalist for the Outland Trophy in 2005 after helping the Tigers to a 9-3 season and a share of the SEC Western Division title. A dominating left tackle for the Tigers, McNeill didn't allow a sack in his final 42 games in college and should provide the Chargers and new quarterback Phillip Rivers some much-needed protection right away.

McNeill becomes the highest offensive lineman for the Tigers in the draft since Kendal Simmons was selected in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002 and is the first Tiger taken by the Chargers since Leonardo Carson in 2000. McNeill is the first of several Tigers that are expected to be taken before the draft is done on Sunday.

We will update the story later on Saturday with quotes from McNeill.

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