Draft Target: OT Marcus McNeill

The Vikings have a desire to improve up front, and massive Auburn tackle Marcus McNeill is projected to be drafted somewhere around the Vikings' 17th pick. Get a look at McNeill's accomplishments, an assessment from a scout and audio from a Senior Bowl interview he conducted with Scout.com.

At 6-foot-9 and 337 pounds, massive offensive tackle Marcus McNeill is Scout.com's third-ranked player at his position prior to the NFL Combine, which starts next Thursday.

McNeill started slowly at last month's Senior Bowl, but that was understandable as he was behind in his sleep because of the death of his grandmother. He was up until 3:45 a.m. before the first day of practices, but wanted to participate to show off his skills. By later in the week, he was busy impressing scouts.

"McNeill projects well on either the strong side or at left tackle and if he consistently plays on all cylinders, he can be a productive NFL tackle for years to come," noted one NFL scout. "Overall, you'd have to say he has tremendous potential for the next level."

His 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.

His junior season also was impressive: coaches' All-SEC first-team selection and Associated Press All-SEC first-team member.

The big statistic for McNeill is the fact that he is credited with giving up only one sack in his college career, and he remembers it well even though it was in 2002.

Considering the Vikings' desire to improve on the line and the fact that McNeill is projected to be selected somewhere around the Vikings' 17th pick, he could be a realistic target for the team.

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




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