2003 NFL Draft 2003 NFL Draft

Grading System
Position: HB
Class: Sr
School: Illinois
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 5'10½, 227
40 Time: 4.65
Grade: 3.33

BIO: Illinois leading rusher the past three seasons. Carried the ball 278 times for 1,330 yards and eight scores as a senior, also catching 16 passes for 129 yards. Junior totals were 169-629-6 on the ground during the first nine games of the year before a broken wrist sent him to the sidelines. Split time as a sophomore yet still produced 192-772-7.

POSITIVES: Big back best on the interior. Sees the field, picks his way through traffic and rarely brought down by the first defender. Plays with forward lean, works his runs and picks up yardage off initial contact. Uses an effective straight arm or puts his shoulders into defenders, falling forward for the extra yardage. Wants the ball late in the game and gets stronger the more carries he takes.

NEGATIVES: Not quick or explosive through the hole, only marginal speed and not elusive. Less than adequate receiving skills out of the backfield.

ANALYSIS: Never stood out in college, though looking at him one would think he could be a big bruising back. Really needs to start playing up to his abilities to have any chance at the next level.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
16 129 8.06 0

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
1330 278 4.78 8

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