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Brian Kelly
DC, USC

Name
Jsy
College
HT
WT
Brian Kelly
42
USC
5111
192

40
BP
SS
LS
VJ
BJ
Grade
Rd.
4.5
8
3.82
11.02
33.5
10’00”
6.85
1


Background

1997: Started 4th year as a Sr. and thrived after moving from free safety back to cornerback, where he started as a freshman and sophomore...started in all 11 games and had 23 tacklers, 2 Int. (both against Ryan Leaf) which he returned 32 yds (16.0 avg.) and a Pac-10-best 19 pass breakups....1997 All-Pac-10 first team and Football News All-American third team....named USC’s Most Inspirational Player & a team co-captain...played in 1998 East-West Shrine game.....1996: Started for 3rd season as a FS moving from CB...overall he made 43 tackles, including 2 for a loss, 1 Int., 11 deflections, 1 fumble recovery & 1 forced fumble...was 1996 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick....1995: Started at CB for 2nd season....missed 3 games due to a sprained left ankle....recorded 35 tackles, 11 deflections, & 3 Int which he returned for 19 yds. (6.3 avg.) overall in ‘95....was 1995 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick....1994: Started in USC’s last 8 games of 1994 at CB....overall in ‘94, Kelly made 34 tackles (3 for losses), deflected 5 passes, intercepted another, forced 2 fumbles, & had 6 tackles vs. Arizona....

High School

1993 SuperPrep All-American first team, USA Today All-USA honorable mention....SuperPrep All-Midlands....Blue Chip All-Big 8 Region honorable mention....in 13 games in ‘93 (senior yr.), he made 78 tackles, 4 sacks, 6 Int. (4 for TDs), & scored 4 TD on offense (rushed for 44 yds)...

Academics

Majoring in History at USC....

Stats

’97 - 23 TAC, 0/0 LS/ Yds, 19 DFL, 0 FR, 2 Int., 32 Yds, 16.0 Avg., 0 TD, 22 LG....’96 - 43 TAC, 2/5 LS/Yds, 11 DFL, 1 FR, 1 Int, 22 Yds, 22.0 Avg, 0 TD, 22 LG....’95 - 35 TAC, 0/0 LS/ Yds, 11 DFL, 0 FR, 3 Int, 19 Yds, 6.3 Avg, 0 TD, 23 LG....’94 - 34 TAC, 3/6 LS/Yds, 5 DFL, 0 FR, 1 Int., 22 Yds, 22.0 Avg, 0 TD, 22 LG....Total: 135 TAC, 5/11 LS/Yds, 46 DFL, 1 FR, 7 Int, 95 Yds, 13.6 Avg, 0 TD, 23 LG.

Summary

This is a player that is starting to grow on some NFL teams partly because he has shown good skills, and partly because there are not a lot of good prospects at DC. He is a big corner, which is somewhat rare these days, and he provides better match-up opportunities vs. the big WRs of this NFL era. He has played DC and DS, and is very physical for a DC. He does not have great speed, but he has good overall quickness and hips, and he shows good ball skills.. He gets a good jump on the ball, doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, and plays with good overall efficiency. He is only adequate in run support for his size, but he is a very competitive and feisty player and will challenge the receiver. He can play m/m or zone. There is some room for improvement in his techniques, but he has the ingredients that NFL teams are looking for at DC.

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