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Lynaris Elpheage

CB | (5-7, 170, 4.5) | Tulane
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Top high school quarterback and return specialist. Started five of 11 games as a true freshman in 2000, when he led the team in interceptions with three and in pass break-ups with 14. Scored 23-yard touchdown on fumble recovery. Made 44 tackles, two recovered fumbles and returned one punt for one yard and two kickoffs for 31 yards. Named second-team All-Conference USA. Started all 12 games in '01 at right cornerback, leading team with three interceptions and 14 pass breakups. Had 59 tackles, including one for loss and one forced fumble. Returned 19 punts for 133-1 and 17 kickoffs for 374-0. Ranked second in the country in '02 with eight interceptions, first in passes broken up with 28. Scored four touchdowns in '02 on a kickoff, punt, interception and rush, including a 60-yard game-turning punt return in the Hawaii Bowl, when he was named the game's most outstanding player after returning four punts for 143 yards.

Positives: Quick. Can backpedal and turn nicely and has good closing quickness out of his backpedal. Fairly instinctive. Shows good burst on the ball. Plays the ball in the air nicely and catches well. Has done some returns and has some potential. Good keying and diagnosing plays.

Negatives: Small. Does not have good turn-and-run speed. Will struggle in press coverage and is more effective in off coverage. Size hurts his ability to play the ball in the air.

Summary: Playmaker who is shorter than scouts like on the edge, but could fill a nickel role and excel as a returner.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.