The Depth Chart series on Side Lion Report takes a closer look at some of the football players who may go unnoticed on the Detroit Lions depth chart. Be sure to follow this series if you are interested in learning about some of the lesser known players that the Lions are bringing to training camp on July 23.
Born: December 10, 1987
Jersey #: 63
McClendon, the former Indianoplis Colts draft pick (2010 NFL Draft, Round 4, Pick 129), has a legitimate shot at making the final 53-man squad. Mayhew has shown a trend of picking up players who can play multiple positions along the offensive line and McClendon is one of those guys who can play both guard and center—if needed. He will never see reps as a starter, but he could prove to have value as a backup. The Lions have a lot of talent on the offensive line already and McClendon will have to beat out offensive tackles Jason Fox and Johnny Culbreath and a few others to snag a backup roster spot. Expect to see him play really hard during the preseason.
What the experts have to say:
Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9/1/09: #21 OG, #404/750 Overall, Projected Rd:
2007: Games/Starts: 13/6 … Appeared in every game except opener at California … Moved into starting lineup after left tackle Eric Young suffered season-ending injury … Maned right guard positiion …2006: Games/Starts: 12/1 … As a true freshman, appeared in every game except for Florida.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Colts’ picks: Round 4/129 — Jacques McClendon, OG, 6-2, 308, Tennessee, Strong run-blocking offensive lineman. Set the University of Tennessee school record by bench-pressing 645 pounds as a junior in 2008. Could end up playing either offensive guard spot. – by The Sports Xchange