McNeil May Be An Option For Eagles

D'Brickshaw Ferguson stands out as the premier offensive lineman in the draft, but he's not the only one who could make an impact. The Eagles could consider others, like Auburn's Marcus McNeil, that could fill a hole up front.

At the professional level, the offensive left tackle position may be the toughest position to fill with an overall amazing talented player. 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.

The Eagles face some potential changes on their offensive line with Jon Runyan apparently leaving via free agency and injuries to Todd Herremans and Tra Thomas last season.

Hands down, D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Virginia) is rated as the top offensive tackle prospect in the draft, but there's no way he falls to the Eagles at 14, unless something goes horribly wrong for Ferguson. In other words, the Eagles would have to move up in the draft to have any shot at Ferguson.

Following Ferguson are a few intriguing prospects, some of whom could become solid contributors at the professional level.

Winston Justice from USC, Marcus McNeil of Auburn, and Eric Winston from Miami, Florida all have received significant attention. McNeil in particular was talkative and open in discussing his health, training, and collegiate career.

"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," McNeil said. "I am in pretty good shape and working hard, I have had some things happen (Grandmother's death) which played into some things being said in Alabama (at the Senior Bowl), but I am ready."

Scouts from the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and New England Patriots noted to Scout.com that McNeil 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 McNeil in some capacity, many of which should be viewed as "unofficial" talks, rather than the customary interviews.

Marcus McNeil talks about the Senior Bowl and Combines.


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