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03-30-2010, 08:36 PM
Steelers host two offensive line prospects
By Scott Brown
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Steelers are meeting with offensive linemen Rodger Saffold of Indiana and Jacques McClendon of Tennessee today at their South Side practice facility.
They are the fifth and sixth prospects to meet with the Steelers in advance of the NFL draft.
Teams are allowed to host 30 out-of-area prospects prior to the draft, which will be held April 22-24.
03-31-2010, 12:53 PM
Saffold is a good prospect, but I dont know where he fits in. He played LT in college, but doesnt have the big frame and long arms that a real LT prospect has. He might slide to the RT spot or G in the NFL, but seems to be athletic enough to play LT.
McClendon is something like 6'2" 325lbs and apparently ran a sub 5.00 40 yard dash and benched 37 reps at the Tennesee pro day. That is a pretty big, strong and athletic guard!!!
Coach Kugler is gonna have fun evaluating these guys.
03-31-2010, 08:15 PM
Jacques McClendon OG, Tennessee
NFP Grade: 5.4
Jacques McClendon: No. 65, OG, 6-3, 324
McClendon isn't a gifted athlete when asked to get out in space. He looks heavy-footed on the move and struggles to reach/seal defenders in space. He isn't effective on slide-down blocks and lacks the type of body control to stay on his man through the play. But he showcases above-average power as an inline run blocker and exhibits the lower body strength to create off the snap. He lacks ideal fluidity when asked to pass protect on an island, doesn't get off the ball quickly and struggles to mirror in space. He's at his best in a phone booth where he does a nice job keeping his base down, playing with natural leverage on contact and generating good power on his punch.
Jacques McClendon, Tennessee
Height: 6-3. Weight: 324.
Projected 40 Time: 5.23.
Combine 40 Time: .
Benchx225: . Arm: .
Projected Round (2010): 7-FA.
2/10/09: Like everyone else at Tennessee, Jacques McClendon saw his stock drop considerably.
7/28/08: A massive lineman who was inserted into the starting lineup when Eric Young was knocked out for the year, Jacques McClendon was part of a unit that surrendered just four quarterback sacks on the season. McClendon started one game as a freshman.
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