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Draft Preview: Offensive line




Four of the Panthers' five first-team offensive linemen were procured in the first three rounds of the draft, shown clockwise from top left: Travelle Wharton (2004), Ryan Kalil (2007), Jeff Otah (2008) and Jordan Gross (2003). (PHOTOS: ANDREW MASON / PANTHERS.COM)


William Beatty, ConnecticutHeight: 6-foot-6 - Weight: 307 bio

Served as the left tackle on a line that helped Donald Brown become the nation's leading rusher last fall ... First-team All-Big East last year ... Amassed 27 bench-press repetitions at the Combine ... Was fourth-fastest among offensive linemen in Indianapolis on the 40-yard dash, clocking in at 5.12 seconds, and had the fifth-best vertical jump among linemen (33.5 inches) ... Started in the Senior Bowl.

Eben Britton, ArizonaHeight: 6-foot-6 - Weight: 309 bio | bio

Started every game in which he played (37-of-37) at Arizona ... First-team All-Pac 10 selection last year at left tackle after starting the previous two seasons at right tackle ... Redshirted his freshman year in 2005; turned pro with one year of eligibility remaining ... Tallied 24 bench-press repetitions at the Combine and had the eighth-best 40-time among offensive linemen (5.16 seconds).

Phil Loadholt, OklahomaHeight: 6-foot-8 - Weight: 332 bio | bio

Took over left tackle in his senior season at Oklahoma ... Played two years for the Sooners after matriculating at Garden City (Kan.) Community College in 2005 and 2006 ... Third-team All-America and first-team All-Big 12 selection last year ... Logged 24 bench-press repetitions at the Combine; improved on that by two at his pro day.

Alex Mack, CaliforniaHeight: 6-foot-4 - Weight: 311 bio | bio

Two-time Rimington Trophy finalist ... Won the Draddy Trophy, annually given to college football's best scholar athlete, and the $25,000 postgraduate scholarship that goes with it ... Two-time winner of the Morris Award, given to the best offensive lineman in the Pac-10 ... Was a first-team All-Pac 10 selection in each of the three years he started at center ... Third-team All-American as a senior.

Eugene Monroe, VirginiaHeight: 6-foot-5 - Weight: 309 bio |

Looks to become the third U.Va. first-round O-lineman in the last four drafts, following Branden Albert (Kansas City, 2008) and D'Brickashaw Ferguson (N.Y. Jets, 2006) ... Started the last two seasons at left tackle for the Cavaliers and won the Jacobs Trophy, given to the Atlantic Coast Conference's top blocking offensive lineman, in 2008 ... Second-team All-America last year ... Tallied 23 bench-press repetitions at the Combine ... Had the third-best vertical jump among Combine O-linemen (nine feet, two inches).

Michael Oher, MississippiHeight: 6-foot-5 - Weight: 309 bio | bio

Was a freshman All-America selection at right guard as a freshman, then moved to left tackle, eventually garnering numerous awards there ... Conensus first-team All-American and All-SEC selection as a senior ... Three-time All-SEC choice ... A finalist for the Outland trophy as a senior ... Logged 21 bench-press repetitions at the Combine.

Andre Smith, AlabamaHeight: 6-foot-4 - Weight: 332 bio | bio

Started and played every game of his career at left tackle for the Crimson Tide before being suspended for the 2009 Sugar Bowl ... Outland Trophy winner as a junior in 2008 ... Consensus All-America selection last year ... Turned pro with one year of eligibility remaining ... Attended the Combine but left midway through the event without informing his group leader; he subsequently offered a public apology for his departure.

Jason Smith, BaylorHeight: 6-foot-5 - Weight: 309 bio |

First-team All-Big 12 as a senior and third-team Associated Press All-American ... Became Baylor's left tackle the last two seasons after beginning his career there as a tight end ... Was a right tackle as a sophomore before moving to the left side as a junior ... Started 38 games for the Bears during his four years on the varsity roster and one season as a redshirt ... In his lone campaign as a tight end, caught six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, adding a two-point conversion ... Tallied 33 bench-press repetitions at the Combine, tied for fourth among offensive linemen ... Baylor's first non-special teams All-American in 13 years.

Max Unger, OregonHeight: 6-foot-5 - Weight: 309 bio | bio

Started two seasons at left tackle and then moved to center for his final two seasons ... Returned to left tackle for a pair of contests last fall ... Two-time first-team All-Pac 10 selection ... Closed his career with 51 consecutive starts, the second-best active streak in the nation ... Tallied 22 bench-press repetitions at the Combine.

Eric Wood, LouisvilleHeight: 6-foot-4 - Weight: 310 bio | bio

Two-time All-Big East selection at center (2007, 2008) ... Rimington Trophy finalist as a senior ... Freshman All-America in 2005 ... Started 49 consecutive games for the Cardinals, second-best in school history ... Racked up 30 bench-press repetitions at the Combine, tied for 10th among offensive linemen.



Roger Allen, Missouri Western
Travis Bright, Brigham Young
Antoine Caldwell, Alabama
Trevor Canfield, Cincinnati
C.J. Davis, Pittsburgh
Paul Fanaika, Arizona State
Ray Feinga, Brigham Young
Tyronne Green, Auburn
Greg Isdaner, West Virginia
Herman Johnson, LSU
Andy Kemp, Wisconsin
Seth Olsen, Iowa
Anthony Parker, Tennessee
Matt Slauson, Nebraska
Louis Vasquez, Texas Tech
Brandon Walker, Oklahoma


William Beatty, Connecticut
Alex Boone, Ohio State
Robert Brewster, Ball State
Eben Britton, Arizona
Gerald Cadogan, Penn State
Xavier Fulton, Illinois
Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech
Troy Kropog, Tulane
Kyle Link, McNeese State
Ryan McKee, Southern Mississippi
Lydon Murtha, Nebraska
Michael Oher, Mississippi
Augustus Parrish, Kent State
Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
Jaimie Thomas, Maryland
Fenuki Tupou, Oregon
Jose Valdez, Arkansas
Jason Watkins, Florida


Jon Cooper, Oklahoma
Robby Felix, UTEP
Alex Fletcher, Stanford
Juan Garcia, Washington
Brett Helms, LSU
Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas
A.Q. Shipley, Penn State
Edwin Williams, Maryland


Ramon Foster, Tennessee
Dan Gay, Baylor
Andy Levitre, Oregon State
Cornelius Lewis, Tennessee State
Maurice Miller, Mississippi
Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin


Joel Bell, FurmanHeight: 6-foot-7 - Weight: 315 bio | bio

Three-time All-Southern Conference selection at left tackle ... Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) All-America selection in 2008 ... Looks to become the third Furman product selected in the last four drafts ... Amassed 27 bench-press repetitions at the Combine ... Had the seventh-best 40-yard dash time among Combine O-linemen (5.15 seconds) ... Also competed in the discus for the Paladins' track and field program ... Graduated from Spartanburg (S.C.) High School ... Lived in Croatia for eight years (1993-2001).

Jamon Meredith, South CarolinaHeight: 6-foot-5 - Weight: 304 bio | bio

Started four games as a redshirt freshman (2005) and six as a year later at right tackle, then was moved to left tackle, where he started the balance of the 2006 season and all of 2007 ... Moved to left guard as a senior ... His 31 bench-press repetitions at the Combine were tied for eighth-best among offensive linemen ... Had the second-best 40-yard dash time among O-linemen in Indianapolis (5.03 seconds) ... A product of Hillcrest (S.C.) High School.

Garrett Reynolds, North CarolinaHeight: 6-foot-8 - Weight: 309 bio | bio

Primarily a right tackle at UNC, but also started once at right guard in his sophomore season ... Second-team All-ACC selection in 2008, helping the Tar Heels to their first bowl game in five years -- the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Bank of America Stadium ... Father and uncle played at the University of Tennessee.


You can't cultivate a homegrown offensive line without planting the seeds in the draft, which is what the Panthers have done since 2003.

In the last six drafts, the Panthers have selected 12 offensive linemen -- an average of 2.0 per season. Seven of those 12 linemen were taken in the first three rounds, representing 30.4 percent of the Panthers' picks in Rounds 1-3 -- a fairly notable investment rate considering that the line comprises 22.7 percent of a starting lineup.

Those figures present a stark contrast to the Panthers' first eight drafts, when the Panthers selected nine offensive linemen -- 1.1 per year -- and used just three selections in Rounds 1-3 up front -- just 12 percent of the Panthers' eight-year haul in those rounds.

The harvest of Carolina's emphasis is a first-team offensive line that includes four draft picks from 2003 onward: first-rounders Jordan Gross (2003) and Jeff Otah (2008), second-rounder Ryan Kalil (2007) and third-rounder Travelle Wharton (2004). Wharton and Gross were re-signed to long-term contracts in the last 14 months, solidifying their places on the left side of the Panthers' line into the coming decade.


1995129 Blake Brockermeyer, OT Texas
19954133 Frank Garcia, G Washington
19955171 Andrew Peterson, G Washington
19964106 Norberto Garrido, G USC
1999234 Chris Terry, OT Georgia
2000382 Leander Jordan, OL Indiana (Pa.)
20006182 Jeno James, OL Auburn
20017211 Louis Williams, OL LSU
20027213 Pete Campion, OT North Dakota State
200318 Jordan Gross, OT Utah
2003250 Bruce Nelson, G Iowa
2004394 Travelle Wharton, OT South Carolina
2005379 Evan Mathis, G Alabama
20055189 Geoff Hangartner, C/OT Texas A&M
20056207 Joe Berger, G Michigan Tech
2006389 Rashad Butler, OT Miami (Fla.)
20067234 Will Montgomery, C/G Virginia Tech
2007259 Ryan Kalil, C USC
2008119 Jeff Otah, OT Pittsburgh
20087241 Geoff Schwartz, OT Oregon
20087250 Mackenzy Bernadeau, G Bentley

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