Draft Scouting Report: Marcus McNeill

NFL general managers and coaches are always looking for big, dominant tackles on draft day. A premium is always placed on prospects who can protect the quarterback's blind side. Tackles with versatility to be used on either side of the line command even a higher grade. Marcus McNeill could be one of those blockers.

Full Name: Marcus McNeill         School: Auburn

Ht: 6-7.5     Wt: 332     40: 4.97     Yr: 4Sr

Pos: King sized blocker who offers a terrific combination of power and athleticism. Sets with a wide base, patient in pass protection and displays outstanding punch with the ability to easily knock defenders from their angle of attack. Solid position blocker who engulfs opponents at the point of attack. Possesses long arms and strong hands. Surprisingly effective blocking on the move. Adjusts well in pass protection, picking up stunts or twists thrown by the defense.

Neg: Must make better use of blocking angles and improve his playing balance. Bends at the waist, lacks top footwork sliding out to protect the edge and at times seems unsure himself. Struggled against David Pollack of Georgia last year.

Analysis: A king sized blocker who displays excellent movement skills, McNeill has tremendous upside potential for the next level. Projects well on either the strong side or at left tackle and if he consistently plays on all cylinders, a productive NFL tackle for years to come.

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