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Brian Mance

CB | (5-10, 189, 4.55) | Clemson
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: State sprint champion as a high school junior with a 10.6 in the 100-meter dash. Was playing for Clemson before his 18th birthday. Played every game in 1999 and was in on 15 tackles. Started three games in 2000 and played extensively. Started 10 games in '01, when he missed a game after his brother was killed in a car crash while returning from a Clemson game. Also has returned punts and kickoffs. Started at cornerback in '02 and played the best football of his career at the end of his senior year. Had 39 tackles, broke up five passes and intercepted three passes in 2000. Also returned six punts for 192 yards and a touchdown and six kickoffs for 157 yards. In '01, Mance had 42-5-2, returned 17 punts for 213 yards and returned 23 kickoffs for 364 yards. In '02, Mance started every game, had 60-11-6, returned four punts for 31 yards and won second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Positives: Got a lot better from start to finish in '02. Smart athlete with large, soft hands, straight-line speed and return ability. Breaks on balls in front of him well and is effective in zone coverage where he is facing the quarterback. Can also play bump and run with most receivers.

Negatives: Will struggle in transition and loses balls thrown over his head. When he is not facing the quarterback, will often run with his man and be in good position yet will not see the ball until it is too late, and the receiver will catch it. Will play the run but is no killer.

Summary: Needs to go to a team that will play him either as zone corner or as a cover-2 corner. Is not the type of corner you want to isolate on an island and have him guarding a top receiver man-on-man.

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