It also makes that position group one of particular interest during this week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
This is regarded as a deep and talented position this year one year after what was considered a weak group, at least at the top.
Not only are there several players expected to get first-round grades from NFL talent evaluators, many of them come from name-brand college programs.
Notre Dame teammates Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson are both potential first-round picks along with Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown Jr.
They all talked about their development during their college development and pro prospects Thursday afternoon.
McGlinchey, a tackle who would fit a great need for the Bengals, said he is enjoying getting the opportunity to meet a variety of NFL personnel and pick their brains about football.
Nelson credited his ability to crunch opposing defenders and make highlight-reel blocks to intense film study and strong instincts.
Brown, whose late father was a long-time NFL offensive tackle, talked about learning to play in a three-point stance after doing that rarely in the Sooners’ offense and said he would be open to getting to block for former teammate and current Bengal running back Joe Mixon again.
Meanwhile, Iowa center James Daniels said he mimics his game after a former Cincinnati Bearcat who plays for the Eagles and related a story about Ohio State’s Billy Price from when they were both high school football players in northeast Ohio.
That’s the part of the state where Ohio State’s Jamarco Jones is working out with another former Buckeye, LeCharles Bentley, who started an offensive lineman academy.
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