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NFL Draft Preview: Offensive Line

Michigan's Jake Long, above, will be the first offensive lineman chosen first overall since St. Louis took Orlando Pace in 1997.
Michigan's Jake Long, above, will be the first offensive lineman chosen first overall since St. Louis took Orlando Pace in 1997. (By Paul Sancya -- Associated Press)
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mark Maske breaks down the draft position-by-position, leading up this weekend's draft:

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TOP PLAYERS

PositionPlayerHt.Wt.SchoolThe Skinny
TackleJake Long6-7313MichiganAlready signed with the Dolphins as the top overall pick
TackleRyan Clady6-5 1/2317Boise StateIn the mix to be second offensive lineman selected
TackleJeff Otah6-6339PittsburghPlayed two seasons with Panthers after transferring from junior college
TackleChris Williams6-5 1/2317VanderbiltSurrendered two sacks over two full seasons as starting left tackle
TackleGosder Cherilus6-6 1/2319Boston CollegeCould be late first-round selection
TackleDuane Brown6-4 1/2308Virginia TechBegan his college career at tight end
GuardBranden Albert6-6 1/2317VirginiaCould be converted into left tackle in the NFL
GuardRoy Schuening6-3 1/2320Oregon StateMay be highest-picked guard who stays at his position in NFL
GuardChilo Rachal6-4 1/2319Southern CaliforniaQuick guard who should be able to pull on running plays
CenterMike Pollak6-3 1/2293Arizona StateThought to be best center available

REDSKINS' INTEREST

RAVENS' INTEREST

The offensive line is old in Washington, and the Redskins could build for the future in the draft. RT Jon Jansen, 32, is coming off season-ending surgery. RG Randy Thomas is 32 and missed 13 games last season because of injury. LT Chris Samuels will be 31 this season and LG Pete Kendall will turn 35 before the season starts. The Redskins certainly could use more depth at each of those positions.The Ravens' offensive line has been in flux in recent seasons. The most pressing concern is the status of LT Jonathan Ogden, who is contemplating retirement. Also, longtime starting C Mike Flynn was released earlier this month. The Ravens drafted G Ben Grubbs in the first round last season, and he wound up starting 12 games. The Ravens have some depth with Adam Terry and Jared Gaither but could stand to add help.


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