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2005 NFL Draft Draft Tracker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Players Positions Schools Conferences NFL Teams

 Rian Melander Grade: 3.09
 Position: OT
 Class: Sr
 School: Minnesota
 Conference: Big Ten
 Ht., Wt.: 6-6.5, 290
 40 Time: 5.41

BIO: Started at left tackle the past three seasons, winning All-Conference honors as both a junior and senior.

POSITIVES: Strong, nasty blocker best in a small area. Blocks with forward lean, body positioning and seals defenders from the action. Quick-setting in pass protection, displays adequate footwork sliding out off the edge and works well with linemates. Stays square, jolts opponents with his hands and possesses a strong upper body. Drives opponents off the line or turns them from the play. Good blocking vision.

NEGATIVES: Marginal skills on the second level and not light on his feet. Does not explode into run blocks. Lacks adjustment and overall balance.

ANALYSIS: A tall blocker with growth potential, Melander has displayed consistent improvement the past three seasons. Known for his work ethic, may develop into a right tackle at the next level.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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