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Antwaan Randle El | WR | Indiana | Big Ten Conference
Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in round 2, pick 30 (62 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
5'9½ 191 4.55 3.69
Antwaan Randle El
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Fifth-year player who has won league awards since he was a redshirt freshman. Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior when his passing numbers were 51.1%/1,664/9/5, running totals 188/964/5.1/8, also catching four passes and averaging 16/9.3/0 returning punts. Junior totals were 53.8%/2,277/17/7 passing the ball, 224/788/3.5/13 carrying it and awarded second team All-Conference honors. Again, second team All-Conference as a redshirt sophomore when he threw 48%/1,783/10/14 and led the team in rushing with 218/1,270/5.8/13. Big 10 Freshman of the Year in 1998 when he threw for more than 1,700 yards, rushed for 800+ yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Holds the NCAA Division I-AA for rushing by a quarterback after amassing 3,895 yards the past four years. Also stands second to Drew Brees in the Big 10 for all-time total yardage. Has also done some punting for the team in the past.

Electrifying collegiate quarterback that must now make the switch to a new position. As a passer he showed patience, solid fundamentals and released the ball with a quick delivery displaying both speed and velocity on his throws. Accurate in the short field displaying the ability to elude the rush and get outside the pocket, making the throw on the move. Quick and elusive when the ball is in his hands, slips away from opponents and leaves them grasping for air. Picks up a lot of yardage with his feet, shows a burst of speed and the ability to make defenders miss. Translates his quickness into route running as a wideout and gets separation from opponents, coming back to the ball and making himself an available target. Extends his hands and catches the pass away from his body, displaying consistency and reliability. Showed all these traits during Senior Bowl week and stood out both as a receiver and punt returner. Looked like a natural receiver and one that had been at the position most of his football career. Lacks the deep speed and ability to stretch the defense or run away from opponents. Also not tall and has difficulty against bigger cornerbacks. May just be scratching the surface of his abilities and will flourish as a slot receiver and punt returner at the next level. Could move a long way up draft boards if he runs well prior to April (4.50 range). His performance during Senior Bowl week pushed him into the first day. Early Third Round.

2001 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
4 30 7.5 0

2001 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
964 188 5.1 8

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