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Rashad Faison

DB | (5-8, 190, 4.6) | South Carolina
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Sat out in 1998. Freshman All-Southeastern Conference in '99. Team's second-leading tackler in '00 and leader in '01. Played a combination SS-LB type of position. Had 52 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, four passes broken up and zero interceptions in '99; 99-13-5-11-1 in '00; and 104-9½-2-7-1 in '01. Associated Press second-team All-SEC in '01. Had knee scoped in April '02. Also underwent shoulder surgery after the '00 season. Made 93 tackles and broke up three passes last season.

Positives: Big heart, tough and durable, strong and explosive for size. Goes all out. Rare competitor. Very instinctive. Good ball reaction, jump and adjust. Aggressive in run support. Explosive hitter. Good special-teams player. Leader who comes prepared. Good quickness, agility and balance. Quick to fill. Top football intelligence.

Negatives: Height. Does not have natural hands. In man-to-man coverage, he struggles to stay with wide receivers. Too short and doesn't have the size to play strong safety or the ball skills to play free safety. Can't play cornerback. Lacks explosive speed and top cover skills.

Summary: Shows some similarities to NFL S Blaine Bishop and would be a much better strong than free safety. More of a mini-linebacker than a defensive back but a very productive and tough football player with a big heart.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.