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Potential target file: LSU OL Joseph Barksdale

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 24, 2011
LSU players Joseph Barksdale, left, and Kelvin Sheppard carry the Cotton Bowl championship trophy after winning the NCAA college football game against Texas A&M 41-24, Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

LSU offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale said he has talked with the Browns at the NFL Scouting Combine. One of his interviews took an interesting turn, though he wouldn't say which NFL team asked him the strangest question he has heard since he arrived in Indianapolis.

"Somebody asked me when the last time I did heroin was," Barksdale said. ... "I've never done heroin. I don't even smoke cigarettes."

Barksdale, pictured far left, has played right tackle and left tackle, but he thinks most NFL teams are looking at him as a left tackle. The Browns could be looking to acquire a right tackle.

They recently cut veteran John St. Clair, who started 10 games at right tackle this past season. Tony Pashos is a candidate to start at right tackle next season, but he has been placed on injured reserve in each of the past two seasons with shoulder and foot injuries.

The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Barksdale is projected as a fourth- or fifth-round pick by Pro Football Weekly and a third- or fourth-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. He played in 53 games for the Tigers and started in the final 39.

He arrived at LSU as a defensive lineman, though he soon switched to the offensive line. He was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game in January, but he sat out with a hamstring injury.

"I'm more athletic than people think," Barksdale said. "I was a defensive tackle coming out of high school, and I think that a lot of people have forgotten that."

Pro Football Weekly describes him as a big, strong, versatile athlete. However, it also questions his makeup and desire.

"As far as what people say about me, I don't really let it get to me because I know that moments like these will come, when you get to speak up for yourself and showcase your own talents," Barksdale said. "I don't really let that get to me. Honestly, I don't know what people are saying about me. From what I'm hearing as far as the NFL goes, they're saying good things and that's all I'm concerned with right now."

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