Offensive Line Makeover Continues

The Colts have made some major changes along the offensive line already this offseason, and they added another piece to the puzzle Saturday, selecting Tennessee guard Jacques McClendon with the 129th selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Since the Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, the team has released guard Ryan Lilja and added guard Andy Alleman and offensive tackle Adam Terry to the offensive line.

McClendon joins a line that is in a state of transition, going from the long-time tutelage of now-retired Howard Mudd to new coach Pete Metzelaars.

With the left guard spot up for grabs and the right guard position held down by areana league transplant Kyle DeVan, the positions flanking Jeff Saturday should be one of the most intriguing battles in training camp this year.

McClendon can get himself into the mix for a starting position with DeVan, Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard. His experience at Tennessee was at right guard but the Colts could move him to the left side if DeVan is able to hang onto his starting position.

McClendon brings great strength — he set the Tennessee record with a massive bench press of 645 pounds — and seems to fit the recent trend of the Colts to get bigger up front. By comparison, the player he may replace, Lilja, is 6-feet-2, 290 pounds. McClendon is 6-feet-5, 325 pounds. He was Scout.com's 27th-rated guard prospect in this year's draft, but was the ninth guard taken.


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