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Friday, February 25, 2011
Scouts Inc. spotlights O-line, tight end

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scouts Inc. analysts Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl posted their observations on the offensive linemen and tight ends here at the NFL scouting combine.

They don't see an elite O-line specimen such as Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long in this year's class, but it's a deep group.

USC tackle Tyron Smith made the best impression on McShay and Weidl by adding 22 pounds from his college season. Smith weighed in Thursday at 307 pounds. The analysts also explain why Florida interior lineman Mike Pouncey and three guards -- Georgia's Clint Boling, Ohio State's Justin Boren and TCU's Marcus Cannon -- are being noticed.

McShay and Weidl are skeptical of Florida State interior lineman Rodney Hudson, Arkansas guard Ray Dominguez, Florida guard Maurice Hurt and Clemson tackle Chris Hairston.

At tight end, there are more concerns than excitement.

Notre Dame's Kyle Rudolph, South Carolina's Weslye Saunders, Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks and Arkansas' D.J. Williams are in the cross hairs.