In a day and age which displays phenomenal athletes, with amazing size and speed flying after the quarterback, a thoroughbred at this position is deemed critical.
Hands down, D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Virginia) is rated as the top offensive
tackle prospect in the draft. Following Ferguson are a few intriguing
prospects, some of whom could become solid contributors at the professional
Winston Justice from USC, Marcus McNeill of Auburn, and Eric Winston from
Miami, Florida all have received significant attention. McNeill in particular
was talkative and open in discussing his health, training, and collegiate
"There were times I may not have played as well as I could or should have. I
believe I have raised my level of play and maturity and I am hungry for the
opportunity to play in the NFL," McNeill said Saturday. "I am in pretty good shape and
working hard, I have had some things happen (Grandmother's death) which
played into some of things being said in Alabama (Senior Bowl), but I am
Scouts from the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and New England Patriots
noted to Scout.com that McNeill has the physical attributes to play tackle on
either side of the offensive line.
In Indianapolis, as many as a dozen teams have spoken with McNeill in some
capacity, many of which should be viewed as "unofficial" talks, rather than
the customary interviews.
Scout.com has learned McNeill has briefly engaged in talks with the New
England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns,
Oakland Raiders, and Dallas Cowboys while in Indianapolis.
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.
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