With injury concerns over the health of Roman Oben who has battled plantar fascitis and off-season surgery, McNeill is a player who could be called upon early to step in and play left tackle, protecting the backside of Philip Rivers.
Standing in at over 6-foot-7 and weighing over 330 pounds, McNeill fits the bill for a prototypical NFL tackle. In addition, his excellent attitude and work ethic will allow him to improve his game under the right coaching.
The biggest question coming in was the health of his back. But the Chargers did their due diligence in checking out his medical records and came away without concerns.
"McNeill projects well on either the strong side or at left tackle and if he consistently plays on all cylinders, he can be a productive NFL tackle for years to come," notes one NFL scout. "Overall, you'd have to say he has tremendous potential for the next level."
McNeill's college resume features a long list of awards, including the 2005 winner of the Jacobs Trophy as the top blocker in the Southeastern Conference. He was also named to two All-American teams and four All-SEC teams as a senior and was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy.
In short, he was widely recognized as one of the top offensive linemen in all of college football in each of his last two years at Auburn.