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Talking about the offensive line

In today's Daily News, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock broke down the offensive skill positions.

Talking about the offensive line

In today's Daily News, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock broke down the offensive skill positions.

Tomorrow, he looks at linemen on both sides of the ball. Here is a sneak peak at his views on the offensive line, an area the Eagles figure to address in the draft at some point.

Since 1999, Andy Reid’s first year as head coach, the Eagles have drafted 20 offensive linemen, 15 defensive linemen, 14 defensive backs, 13 wide receivers, 11 linebackers, 10 running backs, 5 tight ends and 4 quarterbacks.

Offensive tackle
The Best
Russell Okung, Oklahoma St.

Height, weight: 6-5 ½, 307
40 time: 5.18
Projected round: 1
Mayock: "Okung is a top 10 pick, and probably top 5. He’s long-armed. He’s talented. Has great feet. There aren’t a whole lot of holes in his game. He gets a little inconsistent techniquewise occasionally, but that’s about it. When you draw up an offensive tackles, he’s what one looks like. He should be the first tackle off the board.’’

The Riser
Roger Saffold, Indiana

Height, weight: 6-4 ½, 316
40 time: 5.21
Projected. round: 2
Mayock: ``He started 41 consecutive games at Indiana. Most people assumed he would get kicked inside to guard (in the NFL). But then he went to the East-West game and played left tackle and blocked everybody all week. It’s a second-tier (all star) game, but still. The more work I do on him the more convinced I am that he can play tackle in the NFL. And because of the expected run on tackles, I think he’ll go in the first half of the second round.’’

The Sleeper
Ramone Harewood, Morehouse
Height, weight: 6-6, 341
40 time: 5.11
Projected round: 6
Mayock: ``He’s a physically imposing kid. He’s smart. A mechanical engineering major. Some teams have been on him, some haven’t. If he’s not a right tackle, a team like the Cowboys who like big offensive linemen might even kick him inside (to guard). I think he’ll get drafted in the fifth or sixth round.’’

Center/guard
The Best

Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
Height, weight: 6-4 ½, 304
40 time: 5.25
and
Mike Iupati, Idaho
Height, weight: 6-5, 331
40 time: 5.24
Projected round.: 1
Mayock: ``Pouncey and Iupati are the 2 best interior linemen in the draft by a significant margin. They’re 2 different animals. Pouncey will be ready to play day 1. Plug him in and he’ll be ready to go. He’s strong enough, big enough to anchor. He’s athletic enough to snap and pull. He’s smart. He gets it. Iupati is physically gifted. I think he’s also a first-round guy. He’s a little bit more inconsistent from a technique perspective than Pouncey. A little bit more of a project. Day 1, he can be your left guard It would be a stretch (to expect him to start right away) at center. I think the more natural move for him will be out to tackle some day.’’

The Riser
Jon Asamoah, Illinois

Height, weight: 6-3, 310
40 time: 5.34
Projected round.: 2
Mayock: ``He’s a little bit off the radar because he got hurt the first day of Sr. Bowl practice. So not many people have talked about him because he hasn’t been able to do anything. But I think he’s one of the most physical players in this year’s draft. In a very poor interior offensive line grouping, I think he’s going to go in the second round. I think he’s an NFL starter as a rookie.’’

The Sleeper
Reggie Stephens, Iowa St.

Height, weight: 6-3, 314
40 time: 5.14
Projected round: 6-7
Mayock: ``He’s a center who can also play guard. He’s got very average feet, but he’s a tough kid. He’s been productive in a tough conference. He’s got a chance. Late-round at best. But he’s a smart, tough kid.’’
 

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In other news, the NFL schedule has still not been released and a league spokesman said this morning that a date has not been finalized. It will not be tomorrow, as some have speculated, although the end of the week is a possibility.

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According to the National Football Post, Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney is visiting the Eagles today. Chaney clocked the fastest 40 time among linebackers at the scouting combined (4.54). A number of teams have Chaney as a second-round possibility.

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If you missed Les Bowen's chat earlier, here is the transcript.

 

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