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NFL OL critics? Mike Leach would like a word

SEATTLE – With Joe Dahl a virtual lock to be taken in next month’s NFL draft, some analysts have raised the specter of o-lineman readiness coming out of Washington State’s Air Raid offense. Mike Leach, as CF.C found out on Saturday, would like to have a word with them.

“It’s obviously categorically false,” Leach said of the notion the Air Raid doesn’t might not prepare offensive players for the NFL as well as other college offenses, particularly when it comes to offensive linemen. “We’ve got a bunch of linemen in the NFL.

"I don’t know who said that but whoever did is certainly an idiot and I’d be pleased to talk to them about it.”

According to the NCAA, the school with the most offensive linemen in the NFL last year had eight (Alabama). Schools with four o-linemen in the NFL placed in the category's top 20.

“In the league currently, we’ve got Louis Vasquez, we’ve got Manny Ramirez, we’ve got Joe Dahl that’s going to the league, we’ve had Dylan Gandy that played for years and just retired,” Leach said.

LaAdrian Waddle is another Texas Tech product, now an OT for New England. Waddle graduated after Leach had left Texas Tech, but was a Leach recruit and played in 2009 under Leach.

“I don’t know these teams that are putting more in. I imagine somebody is but I sincerely doubt whoever you heard that from is. Our offensive linemen have been more successful in the NFL than even our receivers have,” said Leach.

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