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Ben Leber

LB | (6-3, 244, 4.68) | Kansas State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Parade All-American from South Dakota. Also was a sprinter in high school. Redshirted in 1997. Lettered in '98. Had 30 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks, despite starting just once. Started the past three years. Played in the middle in '99 and had 58-7-2. Also broke up three passes. Moved to the strong side in 2000 and had 55-14-3 1/2. Also broke up two passes and won second-team All-Big 12 honors. Had his most productive year in '01, recording 73-15-6. Won first-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and the league's coaches.

Positives: Excellent intangibles. Great worker. Very smart and disciplined. Tries to do everything the way it is coached. Studies tape for tendencies. Runs well and has good range. Uses hands pretty well to shed blockers and control the tight end. Generally plays the game on his feet.

Negatives: Is a good athlete who works out well but on tape looks a little stiff and straight-linish at times and does not have great change of direction or feet. Lacks top explosiveness and is not a great take-on type of linebacker. Prefers to run around blockers. Is very smart and prepares well but lacks great instincts and reaction speed. Seems to think instead of just reacting at times. Plays hard but is no killer.

Summary: A good player with a great work ethic who lacks special physical qualities in some areas and is not superinstinctive. Can become a solid pro if he can improve in some areas but may lack the intuitiveness and explosiveness to be a special player.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.