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Grading System
ELTON PATTERSON
Position: DE
Class: Sr
School: UCF
Conference: MAC
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 270
40 Time: 4.92
Grade: 3.32

Selected by Cincinnati Bengals
Round 7, pick 45 (259 overall)
BIO: Three-year starter who also saw ex10sive playing action as a true freshman. All- Conference selection as a senior after tallying 63 tackles with 16 1/2 tackles for loss and 91/2 sacks. Totaled 85-21-9 as a junior after 88-19-10 the prior year, tying the school record in tackles for loss.

POSITIVES: Quick, undersized, interior player who gives top effort. Explodes off the snap with a good first step, keeps his pads low and uses proper hand technique to keep blockers away. Collapses from the outside defending the run, immediately alters his angle of attack and pursues from the backside with good speed. Rarely off his feet. Heady and improved his ability to quickly locate the action.

NEGATIVES: Small, easily held up by opponents and ridden out from his angle of attack. Does not test all that well athletically.

ANALYSIS: Movement skills and abilities to play with leverage, as well as his hustle, makes him a prime candidate for the three technique at the next level. Could be a bargain late in the draft.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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