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RASHAD BAKER
Position: S
Class: Sr
School: Tennessee
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 5'10½, 204
40 Time: 4.59
Grade: 3.4

BIO: Started 41 of 45 games since the 2000 season. Posted 71/1/5 as a senior while also averaging 11.1-yards on 11 punt returns. Junior totals were 60/5/7 after a sophomore season of 71/4/7.

POSITIVES: Athletic, pass-defending safety who displays terrific ball skills. Instinctive, quick-reacting to the ball and flashes on the scene. Solid cover techniques, excellent sideline-to-sideline range and skills in zone coverage. Tracks the deep pass, getting vertical to defend the throw.

NEGATIVES: Not aggressive in run support, gathers into tackles, then has them broken. Lacks the great size for free safety.

ANALYSIS: Baker is a prospect who really stood out after his sophomore campaign and took hold as a top flight safety. His game has since leveled off but has the underlying cover skills to be a solid nickel back and could turn out to be a real bargain during the draft.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round

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