UP CLOSE Kendall Simmons

Position: Offensive guard.
College: Auburn.
Overall pick: No. 30.
Height/weight: 6-2, 311.
Bio: Lettered in football, baseball and basketball in high school. ... Played tackle and guard at Auburn. ... Saw action in 11-of-13 games in 1997 and started three times as a true freshman. Was slowed by ankle and knee injuries in '98 but still started five times at split guard. Started the first three games at guard in '99 but then redshirted because of injury problems. Had surgery on both ankles and missed the rest of the '99 season and the spring of 2000. Came back in the fall, moved to offensive tackle and started every game. Was the team's best offensive lineman and a coaches' second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick. All-SEC left tackle in '01, when he started every game, played every snap at left tackle and won the Jacobs Award as the SEC's best offensive lineman.
-- Pro Football Weekly

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