Draft preview: Offensive linemen

MIKE MAYOCK'S CHOSEN FEW

Guard/Center

MIKE POUNCEY6-5, 303, FloridaIs one minute older than his twin brother, Maurkice, who beat him to the NFL by one year. The Steelers selected Maurkice in the first round of the 2010 draft…Mike Pouncey needed a little more time in part because he needed a little more experience on the offensive front…Played defensive line for the Gators in 2007…Switched to right guard in 2008 and started 28 consecutive games…Slid over into brother's center spot last season…Capable of playing all three interior positions.

DANNY WATKINS6-3, 310, BaylorNative of Canada who first played football in 2007…Got gridiron start at Butte College in Oroville, Calif., a junior college he initially attended to further his firefighting career via the school's renowned fire academy…Quickly developed and received multiple Division I scholarship offers…Started all 25 games at left tackle in two seasons at Baylor…Likely to play guard in the NFL.

CLINT BOLING6-5, 308, GeorgiaAs experienced as they come, having started 48 games in four seasons…Has experience at multiple positions, starting games at both guard and tackle each season…Likely to end up at guard in the NFL but should be capable of contributing at tackle as well…Earned all-SEC honors each of last three seasons...Served as the Bulldogs' offensive captain in 2010.


Tackle

ANTHONY CASTONZO6-7, 311, Boston CollegeHolds school record for career starts with 54…Played tight end in high school but impressed enough early to start at right tackle as a true freshman…Moved to left tackle before sophomore season and started every game on the left side from there on out…A third team All-America in 2010 and an all-ACC selection each of last three years…Protected Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as a freshman.

TYRON SMITH6-5, 307, Southern CalWith just the right mix of size and agility, the sky is the limit on his potential…Projected to play left tackle in the NFL after playing right tackle last two college seasons…In 2010, won the Morris Trophy, given to the top offensive lineman in the Pac-10 based on a vote of defensive linemen…Best known for his pass blocking.

GABE CARIMI6-7, 314, WisconsinOutland Trophy Award winner for 2010…Paved the way for a rushing attack that came within four yards of becoming the first to produce a trio of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season…Played left tackle for the Badgers and could do the same in the NFL…A ferocious run blocker.


STRICKLAND'S SECOND LOOK

NATE SOLDER6-8, 319, ColoradoStarted out as a tight end for the Buffaloes but added nearly 75 pounds over the course of college career…Missed just two of Colorado's 2,542 offensive snaps over final three seasons…Allowed just one sack in 2010 and one in 2009 while playing left tackle…Finalist for the Outland Trophy in 2010.

RODNEY HUDSON6-2, 299, Florida StateStarted at guard throughout college career but projected as a center in the NFL, so he put in as much practice time there as possible…A first team All-America in 2010 and just the seventh player in ACC history to earn all-ACC honors in four seasons…Whistled for just two penalties during his career…Quick but considered light, so has added a dozen pounds since end of senior season.

JOHN MOFFITT6-4, 319, WisconsinVast experience at guard and center but looks most likely to play guard in the NFL…A first team All-America in 2010…A key cog in Badgers rushing attack that ranked second in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 48 rushing touchdowns…Known as a jokester, he commented that the 40-yard dash was "about 30 yards too far."

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