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2005 NFL Draft Draft Tracker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Players Positions Schools Conferences NFL Teams

Donte Nicholson - S

 Donte Nicholson Grade: 3.52
 Position: S
 Class: Sr
 School: Oklahoma
 Conference: Big 12
 Ht., Wt.: 6-1.5, 212
 40 Time: 4.55
  Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  Round 5, pick 5 (141 overall)

BIO: Junior college transfer who made an immediate impact upon arriving in 2003, posting 90/10/6. Totals included 72/3/2 last season as a senior.

POSITIVES: Stout, run-defending safety who can be an intimidating presence. Forceful up the field, takes good angles to the action and displays a closing burst of speed. Holds his ground against blocks, redirects to ballcarriers and wraps up tackling. Explosive hitter who packs a wallop at the point of attack. Adequately reads the quarterback or anticipates the play.

NEGATIVES: Late reactor in pass coverage and does not display top ball skills. Missed a lot of tackles as a senior and seemingly played back on his heels.

ANALYSIS: After a terrific junior campaign in which many predicted he was a top safety prospect, Nicholson took a major step back last season. Indecision and poor technique plagued him; as a result, he will slide out of the draft's first day. Best as a conventional strong safety or in a two-deep zone.

PROJECTION: Early Fourth Round

Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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