SELECTED BY ATLANTA , ROUND 1, PICK 8, OVERALL PICK 8
DB | (6-0, 219, 4.55) | Oklahoma
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: High school All-America defensive back from California. Also ran track and was clocked at an unofficial 10.9 in the 100 meters. Played in three games in 1998 before a back injury shelved him and led to his redshirting. Started the last five games in '99 and every game in 2000 and '01 at strong safety. Was an All-Big 12 selection in 2000 and got some All-America notice. Was a unanimous All-American and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and won the Bronco Nagurski and Jim Thorpe awards as the top defensive player and defensive back in the country, respectively. Finished seventh in Heisman voting and got more votes than any player other than a quarterback. Had 75 stops, including six for loss and one sack in 1999, and he also picked off two passes and broke up 11. Had 99-13-4-2-10 in 2000. As a fourth-year junior in '01, had 101-11-2-5-4. His flying hit of Texas QB Chris Simms forced a key, game-clinching interception vs. the Longhorns, and he returned a fumble for a score vs. Kansas State.Positives: Top athlete with top instincts and a knack for the big play. Natural football player who has a sixth sense for the game and anticipation that can't be taught. Big, physical safety who is a terrific run-support player and hitter. Can be very explosive. Has some cover skills and can break on the ball. Dominates the game when he lines up in the box. Excellent special-teams player. Flows to the ball easily and moves fluidly. Plays big in big games.Negatives: Has been used in the box like an extra linebacker for most of his career, so he only has limited experience in coverage. Needs to polish up his coverage skills and work on his footwork and technique.Summary: A natural football player and big-play maker who makes things happen. Would be a great fit in a Jeff Fisher- or Gregg Williams-type defense in a Blaine Bishop-type role. May have been the best football player in the country last year. Will be a very early first-round pick if he works out well and shows he can run and cover well enough.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.