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WILL POOLE
Will Poole - CB Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: Southern Cal
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 194
40 Time: 4.64
Grade: 4.03

Selected by Miami Dolphins
Round 4, pick 6 (102 overall)
BIO: Came to USC from Ventura JC last season and promptly moved into the starting lineup. Finished the season with 80/7/19, earning first team all-conference honors. Began his career at Boston College where he started as a freshman in 2000 and posted 75/1/8 before being suspended the following season.

POSITIVES: Outstanding cover corner who made the most of his senior campaign. Smooth backpedaling off the line, fluid turning his hips and loses nothing in transition. Quickly breaks on the pass and gets to the action with a burst of closing speed. Defends the run and mixes it up. Displays good field sense and wherewithal. Quickly picks up assignments in zone.

NEGATIVES: May not have the size or strength to play press coverage. Lacks the great body control and does a lot of slipping. Gambles on occasion, guesses wrong and gets beat.

ANALYSIS: Physically and technically gifted, Poole is one of the more natural cornerbacks in this draft. Best suited to play in a zone-cover-scheme or backed off the line of scrimmage, he is a prospect that should be starting by the end of his rookie campaign in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Early Second Round


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