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Idaho G Mike Iupati Drawing Comparisons To Chiefs LT Branden Albert

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In 2008 Branden Albert was the talk of the NFL Combine. A guard in college, scouts saw Albert's size and athleticism and projected him as a left tackle in the NFL. The Chiefs bit and took Albert, who was previously projected as a late first round, early second round pick, with the 15th pick in the NFL Draft.

This year Mike Iupati out of Idaho could be the next offensive lineman to increase his stock and potentially warrant a position change from the NFL Combine.

Iupati, 6'5" and 325 pounds with 35" arms, is drawing some light comparisons to Albert, particularly whether he can make the jump to tackle.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports cautions those predicting a jump to left tackle for Iupati.

It's possible that the 2010 Combine will be to Iupati what the 2008 Combine was to Branden Albert, but there's a reason Albert elicited such a buzz among the media covering the event -- such elevations don't often happen in such a short time.

A position change would be a big deal because of the money involved. There's a major difference between guard money and left tackle money.