Monday, March 30, 2009

All Access: Jamon Meredith Pro Day Results

New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was on hand at South Carolina’s March 25 pro day to personally work out tackle Jamon Meredith, who was among 18 players to workout indoors on FieldTurf in front of representatives from 25 NFL teams. Meredith measured in at 6-foot-5, 304 pounds, with 34 3/4-inch arms. He kept all of his numbers from the combine, but looked very good in position drills.

Mancini's Take: It's good to see Dante Scarnecchia still at it after all these years. The jack of all trades has served New England in just about every capacity from water boy to parking attendant to special teams coach, and now being the man in charge of the offensive line. As far as Meredith is concerned, is see him as a developmental player with tremendous length and quick feet. His technique needs to improve, however. As a pro, he would need to work on his tendency to drop back too far and playing too tall. Does this guy sound like a poor man's Michael Oher to you, Rosstradamus?

Mandel's Take: Meredith is a bit lighter, but yeah. He needs to put on some weight to avoid being pushed around at the next level, but I love this guy's athleticism and the fact that he has logged a lot of game time. He's also a very intelligent player, both on the field and off it. He reads plays extremely well and his smarts will give him the ability to quickly pick up the system of whichever team drafts him. His tendency to play too high in his stance can be fixed. A Day One pick and yes, a poor man's Oher. If he bulks up, he could be more.

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