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James Jamon Meredith (born May 11, 1986 in ) is an American football offensive tackle for the for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.

Early years

Meredith attended Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, South Carolinamarker, where he was a two-way lineman. At , he projected as defensive end in college.

Regarded as only a two-star recruit, Meredith was not ranked among the nation's top defensive end prospects. He committed early to South Carolina, choosing the Gamecocks over Clemsonmarker.

College career

At South Carolina, Meredith switched from the defensive to the offensive line. In his initial year, he saw action in one game, getting in for three plays against Vanderbiltmarker, but was later granted a redshirt year. In his redshirt freshman year, he earned four starts at right tackle, including the 2005 Independence Bowl against Missourimarker.

As a sophomore, Meredith started all 13 games on the Gamecocks offensive line, the first seven games at right tackle, and then moved to left tackle for the final six contests. He garnered SEC offensive lineman of the week honors after helping the Gamecocks to a 31-28 victory over arch-rival Clemson, in which he anchored an offensive line that held Gaines Adams and the athletic Clemson defensive front without a quarterback sack.

In 2007 he started all 12 games at left tackle. In his senior year, he had to sit out the first two games due to an NCAA eligibility ruling stemming from his freshman season. He later sat out a couple games with an ankle injury, and played most of the season at left guard.

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Meredith was considered as one of the better offensive tackles in the 2009 NFL Draft, but was projected to play guard or right tackle in the NFL because he lacked the top athleticism for left tackle.

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4⅝ * 304 lb * 4.99 * 1.69 * 2.84 * 4.82 * 8.01 * 28" * 8'09" * 31 * 23 *
* represents NFL Combine

Green Bay Packers

Meredith was selected in the fifth round, No. 162 overall, by the Green Bay Packers.

Meredith was released on September 5, 2009 and re-signed to the team's practice squad.

Buffalo Bills

Meredith was signed off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad by the Buffalo Bills on September 22, 2009 after offensive tackle Brad Butler suffered a season-ending injury.



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