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Saturday, April 24, 2010
McClendon gives Colts beef at guard

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

The Indianapolis Colts turned to what a lot of us thought would be a draft priority in the fourth round when they selected Tennessee guard Jacques McClendon with the draft’s 129th pick.

PFW’s draft guy listed McClendon as the 38th best guard and rated him as a guy that has a chance to be in an NFL training camp.

Though Bill Polian’s recent offensive line history is not the best, I’m sure Colts fans will prefer his opinion, and I will come back into this post to share it after I see Polian comment on him.

Mel Kiper lists him as 6-3, 320 pounds. That would make him 30 pounds heavier than Ryan Lilja, last year’s right guard who was released, and at least 15 pounds heavier than any guard on last season’s AFC Champions.

Lilja’s agent said he was told the Colts were looking to go bigger.

UPDATE: 2:51 p.m. ET

Comments from Bill Polian to the Indy media: "He is a converted defensive lineman, so he has a tough, physical disposition, very smart, he can run. He had a nice year this year. He played very well against Alabama. He held his own against [Tampa Bay second-round draft pick Brian] Price from UCLA. We feel like he’s in the mold of the same kind of players that we’ve drafted in the fourth round before that have come in here and performed well on the offensive line..."

"The fact is we think he has a chance to be exactly, he’s got the tools, to be exactly what [former Colts, current Titans guard] Jake Scott was, exactly what [tackle] Ryan Diem was. Those were all players we drafted in that round, who came on and performed very well for us because they are athletic, they’re smart, they can move around, they are tough. It’s a good place for him. We think he can come in and compete for a job.”