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Brandon Tate
SELECTED BY: Patriots Round 3 (19)
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School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
Jun-00, 183
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BIOGRAPHY: "Two-year starter who was North Carolina's primary return specialist since his freshman season. Senior totals included 16/376/3 at receiver, with an average of 22.6 yards on seven returns and an additional score. Also averaged 27.7 yards on 11 kick returns. Played in six games last season before his year ended with a knee injury. Junior receiving totals included 25/479/5 with a 24.1 yard average on 39 kick returns and 9.4 yard average on 23 returns."

POSITIVES: "Reliable receiver who impacts the game as a return specialist. Solid route runner, stays low exiting breaks, comes back to the ball and quickly transitions from making the reception to running after the catch. Adjusts to the errant throw, displays good eye/hand coordination, and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Makes the difficult catch with defenders draped on him and very dependable."

NEGATIVES: Possesses just average speed and not a downfield threat. Moderately productive as a receiver in college. Coming off a knee injury.

ANALYSIS: "Tate has been a terrific player at North Carolina since his freshman campaign, and he was off to a career season before tearing a knee ligament. His draft stock will suffer as he rehabilitates his injury, yet he offers potential in the NFL as a fourth receiver/return specialist."


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