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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