2006 NFL Draft Prospect: Marcus McNeill

As reported earlier by Patriots Insider, New England scouts were among those on the list to huddle with Auburn offensive tackle Marcus McNeill in Mobile, Al. Searching for an answer to their running woes, McNeill could provide an upgrade on the Patriots' line almost immediately. He recalls the one and only sack he surrendered during his career. Other NFL coaches and scouts are lining up to talk to the mammoth lineman - with as many as 25 teams showing interest.

Marcus McNeill was a consensus first-team All-American in 2005 as he was named to the first-team squads as selected by the Associated Press, Walter Camp and The Sporting News.

A finalist for the Outland Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top interior lineman, he was also the recipient of the Jacobs Trophy as the SEC's top blocker and a unanimous All-SEC choice in 2005.

The 6-9, 338-pounder from Decatur, Ga., did not allow a sack in 43 straight games dating back to the 2002 season.

New England is interested in McNeill, and it's possible he may drop to their slot (21). It is more likely however that he'll go off the board to the Dolphins, Cowboys and Vikings, three teams that draft ahead of them and are thought to be interested in the former Tiger.

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To hear an interview with McNeill from the Senior Bowl, click on the “Media” link below.

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