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Julian Battle

SELECTED BY TENNESSEE , ROUND 3, PICK 29, OVERALL PICK 92
DB | (6-2, 205, 4.55) | Tennessee
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Los Angeles Valley Community College transfer who came in and started every game. Started at safety but moved to cornerback for 270 snaps in extra-DB defenses. Made 60 tackles, broke up nine passes and had two interceptions in '01. Started every game in '02, making 72 tackles, including 56 unassisted, five tackles for loss, two sacks, four passes broken up and one interception. Started the first five games at strong safety, Game 10 at right cornerback and Games 11 and 12 at left cornerback. Was named to the Coaches' All-Southeastern Conference team and the Associated Press All-SEC second team. Had a solid Senior Bowl.

Positives: Good size, football intelligence, athletic ability and potential. Shows awareness in zone coverage, can plant and drive and has good ball skills. Times jumps well and has good hands. Quick to force on the run, takes good angles and has a big upside. Used in the box and walked off in coverage. Has all the tools you look for in a safety. Solid enough to cover on the corner and is physical enough to play safety. Can bump and cover. Runs well and can close. Will hit and support.

Negatives: Gets high in his backpedal at times and will stumble. Plays upright and tall. Grab-and-reach tackler. Goes for the ball too much. Raw. Struggled in the classroom, but did get credits together to play in the fall. Not dumb -- has good football intelligence -- but he didn't always go to class or like school. Questionable responsibility and work ethic. Can improve his technique. Does not have great instincts. Not a good form tackler. Inconsistent reading and reacting and doesn't always take good angles.

Summary: All his negatives are correctable. You can't teach the things he has.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.