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MICHAEL GAINES
Position: TE
Class: Sr
School: UCF
Conference: MAC
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 275
40 Time: 5.09
Grade: 3.25

Selected by Carolina Panthers
Round 7, pick 31 (232 overall)
BIO: Did not play last season after being declared academically ineligible. Started three of 12 games in 2002, finishing the year with 11/191/2. Played in 11 games starting one in 2001, winding up with 11/115/1.

POSITIVES: King-sized tight end that's not played a lot of football the past four years. Top athlete that blocks with leverage and displays strength at the point of attack. Easily rides defenders from their angle of attack and gets movement from run blocks. Quick releasing off the line into pass routes, Extends to catch the ball away from his frame and occasionally shows soft hands. Sneaks it downfield and makes plays into the secondary.

NEGATIVES: Lacks blocking balance and was never an active part of the passing game. Looked very rusty at the Combine and had a poor practice session. Not known to be attentive to detail.

ANALYSIS: Physically, Gaines stacks up at the tight end position yet due to poor classroom habits his playing experience has been limited and development stumped. A project that needs time, Gaines may also require someone to consistently stay on top of him.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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