2010 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 4

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With the 129th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Jacques McClendon, OG, Tenn

Jacques McClendon, OG, Tenn

Jacques McClendon, OG, Tenn


  • HT: 6'2 / WT: 325 / 40: SPD
  • Career: Stats N/A


McClendon is a big, run-blocking beast of an OG. Projected as a likely undrafted free agent, some consider McClendon to be a reach for the Colts in the fourth round. However, the Colts generally select OL in the mid-rounds of the draft, and tend to select "project" picks who can be developed in the Colts' system. McClendon fits that mold, and continues an apparent trend of increasing size on the offensive line.


Draft Analysis:

  • NFL.com

    The Colts add depth to their interior line with the selection of Jacques McClendon. In selecting the former Tennessee standout, the Colts are hoping to find a young player to develop for a bigger role in the near future. This is another move by the Colts to solidify their depth on the offensive line.

  • ESPN.com

    McClendon possesses great size, a wide body and excellent inline strength. While he is a limited overall athlete, he has enough quickness and lateral mobility to hold his own on the interior at the next level.

  • Yahoo Sports

    A thick, well-built guard who adds some much-needed pop and power to the Colts offensive line inside.

Scouting Reports

  • NFL.com (Grade: N/A)

    McClendon could become a developmental prospect as a potential run blocker in short-yardage situations. He is a smart player with good strength and decent speed and may eventually become a contributor.

  • SI.com (Grade: 1.5 - Free Agent)

    (No Analysis)

  • National Football Post (Grade: 5.4 - Free Agent / Rank: #36 OG)

    McClendon isn't a gifted athlete when asked to get out in space. He looks heavy-footed on the move and struggles to reach/seal defenders in space. He isn't effective on slide-down blocks and lacks the type of body control to stay on his man through the play. But he showcases above-average power as an inline run blocker and exhibits the lower body strength to create off the snap. He lacks ideal fluidity when asked to pass protect on an island, doesn't get off the ball quickly and struggles to mirror in space. He's at his best in a phone booth where he does a nice job keeping his base down, playing with natural leverage on contact and generating good power on his punch.

  • Fox Sports

    Like many of his Tennessee teammates, McClendon saw his draft stock slip with the Vols' 4-4 finish in SEC play last season. But the Cleveland, Tenn., product could still ride his strength to a shot at the next level. McClendon has a very strong lower body and the power to drive defenders off the ball. In addition to his toughness at the line, he has a quick pivot out of his stance and the ability to reach a moving target down the line. McClendon's technique is still somewhat raw, and he struggles to get his hands inside at times, but he's persistent and able to finish most of his blocks. His ability to get - and perhaps stay - on the field in the NFL will likely depend on whether or not he can improve in pass protection. He's a little narrow at the base and thus vulnerable to the bull rush. He'll most likely get a look as a free agent after the draft.


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