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Chargers draft OT Marcus McNeil in the 2nd round

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <img width="207" height="207" alt="Marcus McNeil" id="image2252" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/McNeil.jpg" />

    With the 50th pick in the 2nd round, the Chargers addressed there offensive tackle postion by drafting Marcus McNeil from Auburn.


    <strong><em>Pros:</em></strong> at 6'8, 340 he is the definition of a giant. Excellent run blocker who can punish a DL on any level. Very strong at first contact and tries to drive through the player on every play. He can hold a clinic on how to pancake opponents. Hasn't given up a sack in 41 straight games.
    <strong><em>Cons:</em></strong> Has shown weakness against pure pass rushers but with his wing span he should be able to recover from some of his mistakes. Must work on his footwork before he can truly have an all around game and be considered elite.

    Draft Exchange Analysis:
    2004: Named a preseason second-team All-SEC selection by Athlon Sports.

    2003: Started 10 games at tackle ... Posted an overall grade of 90 percent against Georgia ... Helped open holes for Carnell Williams to rush for 150 and 185 yards in consecutive games against Arkansas and Tennessee ... Posted a 95 percent on assignments against Arkansas ... Finished with an 89 percent on assignments against Tennessee and helped pave the way for 421 yards of offense ... Held out of the Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky games ... Finished with an overall grade of 97 percent against Vanderbilt ... Posted highest grade of starters with an 88 percent against USC ... Has started 16 games in his career at tackle.

    2002: Named to SEC All-Freshman team by conference coaches and The Sporting News ... Started six games at tackle and played in 11 games ... Posted the highest grade on the team with an 86 percent on 53 plays against Alabama ... Played 69 plays in a start against Georgia ... Started at tackle and posted an 85 percent grade on 22 plays against Louisiana-Monroe ... Tied for the team lead with 90 percent grade and three pancakes on 67 plays against Ole Miss ... Played 30 plays against LSU at tackle ... Part of the offensive line that earned the Coaches' Offensive Players of the Week honors after the LSU game... Started and played 55 plays against Florida ... Finished with an 82 percent grade on 28 plays against Arkansas ... Started at tackle against Mississippi State and played 48 plays ... In first action against Western Carolina, posted a 89 percent grade on 48 plays ... On 29 plays at tackle, posted a 96 percent grade with one pancake and two rodeo blocks against Vanderbilt.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Graded over 95 percent as an offensive lineman ...Also played defense and totaled 43 tackles and nine sacks as a senior ... A four-year starter on defense ... Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Georgia Top 50 ... Played in the Georgia/Florida High School All-Star Game ... Rated one of the top three players in Georgia by SuperPrep Magazine ... SuperPrep All-American ... Prep Star/ CBS SportsLine.com Dream Team ... Rated the second best offensive line prospect in the nation by Prep Star ... Max Emfinger Top 125 ... Ranked as the #12 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals100.com ... Also lettered in basketball, baseball and track ... Finished second in the Class 4A state meet in the shot put.

    PERSONAL: High School teammate of Jonathan Palmer ... Born November 16, 1983 ... Son of James and Leola McNeill.

    ABOUT MARCUS: Favorite NFL Player: Steve Wallace ... Person I Pattern My Game After: Orlando Pace ... Most Memorable Football Experience: I caught the winning touchdown in a high school game against our cross-town rival ... Career Aspiration: Comedian ... Best Talent Outside of Football: Telling jokes ... Proudest Accomplishment of My Life: Getting Saved.

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