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All in the family: Offensive linemen
James Hurst: Tackle/Guard: North Carolina Tar Heels His brother, Nelson, has had the biggest impact on his life. Nelson starred as a tight end at Plainfield High School and originally planned on attending the University of North Carolina, but first went to Mississippi State, where the blocking tight end started eight games and caught two passes for the Bulldogs. He transferred to UNC and after sitting out the 2009 season. He appeared in 22 games for the Tar Heels over the next two years, totaling 12 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown for his UNC career. Nelson currently works in the New Media office for the Carolina athletic department. Their father, Tim, played football at Alabama. Wesley Johnson: Tackle/Center: Vanderbilt Commodores Wesley's father played baseball at Louisiana Tech and his grandfather played football at Hofstra and briefly with the Baltimore Colts. Cyrus Kouandjio: Tackle: Alabama Crimson Tide His older brother, Arie, started alongside Cyrus for Alabama in 2013, joining the Tide in 2010 after the brothers were teammates at DeMatha Catholic High School. Tyler Larsen: Center: Utah State Aggies His brother, Cody, played defensive tackle at Southern Utah and was a member of the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad in 2013. Taylor Lewan: Tackle: Michigan Wolverines Lewan's father, Dave, was an offensive lineman at the University of Minnesota, but did not letter. Dave played high school football for Oakridge Senior School, in London, Ontario, Canada, when his father's job took him to London from Minnesota. Marcus Martin: Center/Guard: USC Trojans His cousin is University of Oregon junior defensive end Tony Washington (2011-present), who has recorded 98 tackles (56 solos), 8.5 sacks, 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage and five forced fumbles. Tony finished seventh in the Pac-12 Conference with 7.5 sacks in 2013. Zack Martin: Tackle: Notre Dame Fighting Irish His younger brother, Nick, is a teammate and offensive center at Notre Dame. Their father, Keith, played football at Kentucky and was 1982 Academic All-Southeastern Conference pick as team's top defensive tackle while also earning NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1983. Jake Matthews: Tackle: Texas A&M University Aggies While the Manning family is well-known for their success on the football field, the Matthews family has been a virtual "supply line" for standout players to perform in the National Football League. The Aggies offensive tackle is the next to carry on that tradition and is expected to be the fourth family member to be selected in the first round of the draft. The NFL pipeline began with Jake's grandfather, Clay Matthews, Sr., who played four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950. One of his sons, Clay, Jr., was selected in the first round of the 1978 draft with the 12th pick by the Cleveland Browns and the linebacker went on to star in the NFL for nineteen seasons, playing in 278 games. Clay Sr.'s other son, Bruce, Jake's father, was an All-American offensive lineman who was also selected in the first round of the 1983 draft, taken with the ninth pick by the Houston Oilers. Bruce spent his entire 19-year career with the same team, moving with the Oilers to Tennessee, where he would later serve as an assistant coach. He was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, the most in NFL history, a record shared with Merlin Olsen. The next Matthews kin to hear his name called in the first round of the draft was Clay, Jr.'s son, Clay III, who was taken with the 29th pick of the 2009 draft by the Green Bay Packers, as he has gone to the Pro Bowl four times since first suiting up for the Pack. The next generation of Matthews relatives in the NFL include Clay III's younger brother, Casey, who is a linebacker playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jake's older brother, Kevin, was also an offensive lineman for Texas A&M. He was not drafted coming out of college in 2010, but suited up for both Tennessee and Washington the last three seasons. Back on the Aggies' campus is Kevin and Jake's younger brother, Mike, a sophomore who started on the same line as Jake at center last season. Weston Richburg: Offensive Center: Colorado State Rams Weston's relative, Aubrey Richburg, was an offensive tackle at Texas Tech (1983-86). Aubrey's brother, Nathan, also played at Texas Tech (1986-89) as a tight end and also attended Lamar University. He is presently a football coach at Mesquite High School. Billy Turner: Tackle/Guard: North Dakota State Bison Billy hopes to carry on the family business – playing professional football. Turner's father, Maurice, was a standout at Utah State who was drafted by Minnesota Vikings in 1983. Maurice played five years in NFL, first, with the Vikings before moving on to Green Bay and the New York Jets. Turner's brother, Bryan Kehl, was a linebacker at Brigham Young (2002, 2005-07) before he was drafted by the New York Giants in 2008. A younger brother, Maurice Turner, presently plays for Missouri Valley Football Conference rival, Northern Iowa. Chris Watt: Guard: Notre Dame Fighting Irish His brother, Kevin, played defensive end at Northwestern (2007-11), recording 64 tackles (33 solos) with 2.5 sacks and nine stops-for-loss while appearing in 51 games. Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft.
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