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Colin Branch

SELECTED BY MINNESOTA , ROUND 4, PICK 23, OVERALL PICK 119
DB | (5-11, 203, 4.41) | Stanford
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1998, saw limited action in '99 and '00, and started the last five games in '01, when he was in on 28 tackles and got his first interception. Brother, Calvin, is in the NFL. Started all 11 games at free safety in 2002, recording 69 tackles, two interceptions, one pass broken up and one fumble recovery. Honorable mention All-Pac-10. Stock went up with solid workouts.

Positives: Good athletic ability, can run with and cover the slot, square up and hit. Plays good man-to-man coverage for a safety. Fluid with good quickness, agility and balance. Smooth, good hips. Aware and takes good angles. OK in run support and tackling. Smart player who makes the secondary calls and keeps the play in front of him. Big upside. Strong upper-body strength. Showed very good straight-line speed.

Negatives: Grab-and-drag tackler who is raw and lacks game experience. Ducks head while making tackles at times and is an inconsistent hitter. Struggles turning and running deep and is late reacting to the ball. Not timid, but not a top open-field tackler who will wrap up.

Summary: May have snuck into the first day with a strong Combine performance. Has great overall potential.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.