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Ronyell Whitaker

CB | (5-9, 198, 4.62) | Virginia Tech
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Is the nephew of boxer Pernell Whitaker and plays with a boxer's ego, swagger and willingness to call attention to himself. Played in every game with the second unit in 1999 and was a starter in '00 and '01. The only game he missed in that span was in '01, when he was suspended for the Temple game. Second-team All-Big East in '00 and first-team in '01. Had 29 stops and four passes broken up in '99; 61-9 and five picks in '00; and 53-10-1 in '01, when he returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown but also was abused by Florida State's Javon Walker, the Packers' top pick in the '02 draft. Suspended the first two games of '02 for violating team rules. Started 10 of the 12 games he played, making 47 tackles, one for loss, with six passes broken up, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Positives: Whitaker is a short but well-built corner with a running back's body who is aggressive and willing to hit. Thick and broad with a huge bubble and big legs. Excels when he concentrates on his technique.

Negatives: Lacks height, bites, guesses and gets beat. Gives up big plays. Lacks catchup speed. Gets high in his backpedal. Has marginal speed and range. Misses jam and struggles to turn. Misses the press and can't catch up. Has baggage off the field. Gets burned a lot. Does not play within himself and compensates for his lack of overall speed. Has too much confidence in his ability and too little makeup speed to gamble and guess as much as he does and make it work.

Summary: Could be a fine player if he ever plays as good as he thinks he is, but with physical limitations, will probably be nothing more than a nickel back.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.