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Richard Seymour

SELECTED BY CLEVELAND , ROUND 1, PICK 6, OVERALL PICK 6
DT | (6-6, 299, 5.0) | Georgia
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Was not highly recruited but was playing for the Bulldogs as a true freshman before he turned 18 in October 1997. Started only four out of the 11 games in which he participated in '98 but played starter's minutes, finishing with 69 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and three passes broken up. Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference pick in '99, when he started every game and had 74-10-4 and his first interception. Was suspended for the 2000 opener for using a university long-distance code to make personal calls. Returned to earn All-SEC honors and make some All-America teams. Finished the 2000 regular season with 78-10-1. Has played at tackle and nose tackle for most of his collegiate career.

Positives: Very young and has an upside. Will not be 22 until October. Hustles, chases and plays hard. Has been durable and dependable most of the time. Can play over the center and a power-type DLE position. Has a nice combination of size and speed. Runs well for a tackle. Also fits the mold of a 3-4 defensive end. Has good quickness and a good short-area burst. Shows some range in long pursuit.

Negatives: Is not quite as huge and overpowering as teams would want a tackle to be. Not as fast and sudden as teams would like a pass-rushing end to be. Did not work out at the Combine even though he was healthy.

Summary: An outstanding college player who has a chance to become an excellent pro player if he shows he will go the extra mile. Seymour can play virtually any position along the defensive line and only figures to get better. He's a lot like the Packers' Vonnie Holliday but has more natural ability. He will go in the first round, but where he goes in part will be determined by how he works out. If he had played in the Senior Bowl and played well, he definitely would have gone in the top seven or eight picks.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.