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MATT WARE
Matt Ware - S Position: S
Class: Underclassman
School: UCLA
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 209
40 Time: 4.52
Grade: 3.81

Selected by Philadelphia Eagles
Round 3, pick 26 (89 overall)
BIO: Totaled only 34/2/3 last season when he was hampered by an ankle sprain. Started 13 games as a sophomore, three at free safety and 10 at cornerback, finishing with 51/1/4 while blocking two kicks. Freshman All-American in 2001 after 32/5/6.

POSITIVES: Aggressive, hard-hitting defensive back best facing the quarterback. Strong and stands up larger receivers at the line with jams. Displays the ability to quickly break on the pass and shows a nice burst of closing speed. Gets vertical to high point the pass and deflect away the throw. Squares and wraps up at the point of attack, bringing down ball carriers on initial contact.

NEGATIVES: Hesitant transitioning off the line and loses a half step within the first five yards. Hesitant when the ball's in the air and also bites on double moves.

ANALYSIS: A terrific athlete with a good amount of upside potential, Ware shortchanged himself by coming out after his junior campaign as he needed another year in college to refine his skill. size-speed numbers are enticing and should be a top 75 pick this April.

PROJECTION: Mid Second Round


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