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Ben Troupe - TE Position: TE
Class: Sr
School: Florida
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6'4, 265
40 Time: 4.71
Grade: 3.96

Selected by Tennessee Titans
Round 2, pick 8 (40 overall)
BIO: All-conference and All American selection in 2003 when he tied for the team lead in receptions totaling 39/638/5. Started six games as a junior posting 15/200/1 after 9/98/1 the prior year when he backed up Aaron Walker.

POSITIVES: Athletic, pass-catching tight end whose game took off last season. Quickly gets into pass routes, fluid moving about the field and displays both soft and strong hands. Gets up in a crowd, extends, then adjusts to pluck the ball from the air. Settles into the open spot on the field, uses the sidelines well and catches the pass in stride, looking the ball into his hands. Solid route runner that gets separation from opponents. Beats jams at the line of scrimmage with good hand technique, displays focus and a fine athlete. Offers a big imposing target on the field and tough to bring down after the catch.

NEGATIVES: Displays pop and strength at the point of attack as a blocker but must turn up the intensity and work to finish off defenders. Average playing speed and lacks suddenness.

ANALYSIS: An athletic pass-catcher that flourished in Florida's passing game last season, Troupe is one of the better offensive threats at the tight end position in this year's draft. Though blocking has not been his forte the past two seasons, did excel in that area as a sophomore when he was kept on the line of scrimmage. Needs to work harder to become a complete tight end but a top prospect that should quickly be starting in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Late First Round

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2003 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
39 638 16.4 5

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