CNNSI.com NFL Draft 2002


 
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Deion Branch | WR | Louisville | Conference USA
Selected by New England Patriots in round 2, pick 33 (65 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
5'9 191 4.46 3.53
Junior-college transfer that led the team in receiving and was an All-Conference selection both years he was in the program. Totaled 72/1,188/16.5/9 last year also averaging 10/11.2/1 returning punts. Totaled 71/1,016/14.3/9 receiving as a junior, with 7/5.7/0 returning punts.

Natural receiver that also excels as a return specialist. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, displays quickness running his routes and comes back to the ball using his body to shield away opponents or protect the pass. Sees the field, reads the defense and consistently finds the open spot on the field. Works his way back to the ball and makes himself an available target for the quarterback. Goes over the middle and makes the tough grab in traffic. Displays a burst of speed, catches the pass in stride and adjusts nicely to the errant throw in mid air. Works to keep the play in bounds and pick up positive yardage running after the catch. More quick than fast; lacks the deep speed down the flanks and not stretching the defense. Has difficulty in battles with bigger opponents and lacks the strong hands, showing a necessity to clutch the ball against his frame at times. Could be a solid slot receiver for a team and a prospect whose duties also lie on special teams. Early Sixth Round.

2001 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
78 1276 16.4 10

2001 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
24 6 4 0

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