Outside of the quarterback, the offensive tackle position is the most crucial position to develop on offense. Every year, there are tackles drafted higher than anticipated, because it's a premium position and teams are always looking for talented bookends. And this year is no different.
Scout.com has learned that one of the more intriguing and rising tackles available in this year's draft, Indiana's Rodger Saffold, has received interest from many teams. Saffold worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs last week and the Seattle Seahawks yesterday (March 17th), and has a work out scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons next week (TBD) and the Philadelphia Eagles on March 31st. The workouts are conducted at Indiana University.
A four-year starter at Indiana, Saffold played in 42 games, starting 41 of them, and only missed two games during his career. The experience Saffold brings to the NFL makes him an intriguing tackle prospect, but it's been his performance this offseason that's raised his draft stock. Saffold was the talk of the scouting world after his showing at the East-West Shrine Game and continued to impress scouts at the Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-5, 316-pound Saffold was considered to be a 3rd – 4th round draft pick a few months ago, but after being tested against the best in the nation and displaying his skills during drills, there's a strong chance that he's selected in the first round.Saffold is currently the 6th rated offensive tackle listed on Scout.com's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
For more on Saffold, check out his Prospect Profile.
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