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Dennis Weathersby

SELECTED BY SAN DIEGO , ROUND 4, PICK 2, OVERALL PICK 98
DB | (6-0, 204, 4.38) | Oregon State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1998. Started every game in '99 and was a freshman All-American and second-team All-Pacific 10 cornerback. Coaches' all-conference pick in 2000, although he was hobbled and missed two games. Started every game in '01 and was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick. Had 40 tackles and 17 passes broken up in 1999; 17-13 and two interceptions in 2000; and 27-10-2 in '01. Started all 13 games in '02, making 44 tackles, including 3½ for loss, one sack, 12 passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble. Helped himself at the Combine with a good 40 time.

Positives: Good size and athletic ability. Generally covers opponents' best receiver. High grade-point average. Academic All-Pac-10 in '99, 2000 and '01. Taller, longer-type cornerback. Looks lackadaisical due to body build. Smooth and physical in bump coverage. Generally in good position vs. the pass. Ease of motion and good hands. Good play recognition and reading keys. Aware in man-to-man and zone coverage and physical in bump coverage where he's at his best. Good football intelligence. Smooth in backpedal and transition. Well-built. Good athletic ability.

Negatives: Not very tough or physical. Avoids hits and scouts question his desire for tough part. Does not tackle well, is not very sudden or intense. Marginal vs. the run and is a grab tackler. Inconsistent worker who requires high maintenance and is not always coachable. Lets little things affect his play. Takes long strides. Does not have sudden or makeup speed. Best year was his freshman year and some believe the success went to his head. Does not have a great attitude. Struggles in backed-off man-to-man coverage. Glider type of player who lacks sudden, explosive speed and doesn't like to play the run. Lacks upper body strength.

Summary: Very good, experienced, big bump-and-run corner who is not that tough or a run-support guy. Must improve consistency and tackling technique but should still be an early pick.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.