2003 NFL Draft 2003 NFL Draft

Grading System
Troy Polamalu - S Position: S
Class: Sr
School: Southern Cal
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 206
40 Time: 4.51
Grade: 4.06

Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1, pick 16 (16 overall)
BIO: Three-year starter. Saw ex10sive action at safety and linebacker as a true freshman. All-Conference selection last year posting 68 tackles, one interception and four pass defenses, also accumulating 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Suffered with an ankle sprain all last season. Totaled 118 tackles with three INTs as a junior, garnering All-America and All-Conference honors. Posted 83 tackles and two INTs as a true sophomore when he initially broke into the starting lineup. Tremendous special teams player who has blocked punts in the past. Recently ran a 4.35 during individual workouts.

POSITIVES: Hard hitting, intimidating safety who likes to mix it up. Flies around the football, displays a closing burst of speed on his way to the action and sacrifices his body to stop the ball carrier. Plays sideline-to-sideline, tough and mentally alert on the field. Works well with cornerbacks, improved his cover skills as a senior and does a solid job manning center field. Fluid in his hips and displays a good back pedal as well as sound cover fundamentals if placed over the slot receiver. Tough and plays with or through pain.

NEGATIVES: Hesitant to react at times and does not always display a decisive move on the ball. Lacks the great recovery speed and better off in a short field.

ANALYSIS: True leader of a defense whose development and productivity as a senior was stunted by injury. Sized to play either safety position and has the mentality to be a killer on special teams. Could be starting late into his rookie season.

PROJECTION: Late First Round

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