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Grading System
DALLAS CLARK
Dallas Clark - TE Position: TE
Class: Underclassman
School: Iowa
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6'3½, 257
40 Time: 4.68
Grade: 3.97

Selected by Indianapolis Colts
Round 1, pick 24 (24 overall)
BIO: Junior-eligible awarded both All-Conference and All-America honors last season after totaling 43 receptions, 742 receiving yards and four scores. Big 10 Honorable Mention pick the prior year after starting 10 games and registering 38-539-4. Primarily a special teams player and linebacker as a red-shirt freshman. Joined the team as a walk-on but did not see action until 2000.

POSITIVES: Hard working, pass catching tight end with a terrific feel for the game. Fluid releasing off the line, reads the defense and consistently finds the open spot on the field. Top route runner who gets separation from defenders, catches the pass in stride and displays tremendous focus throughout the action. Adjusts to the errant throw making the tough grab in traffic and gives top effort. Bends his knees as a blocker staying low, effectively slides laterally and works his blocks.

NEGATIVES: A little stiff and not strong at the point which hampers his ability to get off jams at the or finish his run blocks. Bends at the waist, hurting his balance.

ANALYSIS: Shows a penchant for coming up with the big reception during the game's important minutes as well as make plays into the defensive secondary as a pass catcher. Combines natural receiving skills with improving blocking abilities and a prospect with a good degree of upside potential.

PROJECTION: Early Second Round


Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
43 742 17.26 4

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