SELECTED BY CAROLINA , ROUND 1, PICK 28, OVERALL PICK 28
DB | (6-1, 197, 4.46) | Oklahoma
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: Redshirted in 1998. Began '99 as the team's starting split end but then ran into injury problems and missed three games. Wound up the year with 11 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. Started all but one game at wide receiver in 2000 and also filled in in the secondary. Caught 39-573-5. Played both wide receiver and cornerback in '01 but missed the last three regular-season games with a sprained knee ligament. Had six catches for 134 yards to go along with 19 tackles, two passes defensed and one interception. Made 26 tackles, including four for losses, intercepted two passes, broke up five passes, forced two fumbles and blocked a pair of kicks in '02.Positives: Great upside but very raw. Gets a good jump and reacts to the ball. Excellent athletic ability. Good reading and reacting. Good but not great in man-to-man coverage. Good backpedal, recovery, speed and range. Good hands. Above-average hitting and tackling. Poised, tough and plays hurt. Decent instincts and football intelligence. Can be used as a returner and receiver. Good closing speed and catchup speed. His coaches love his hips and feet and flexibility for his size. Great changing directions, with quickest three-cone times of any cornerback (sub-6.8s) at the Combine.Negatives: Needs more strength to improve his tackling form. Durability is not an asset, having missed the spring of '99 and '01. Plays to athletic ability. Green as grass, not very fluid turning his hips and doesn't have a real good feel for coverage cushion. Forced to catch up too often. Does a lot of things good. More a cover corner than support player.Summary: Has the ease of movement, the hips and the quick-twitch to play cornerback at the next level, but just needs experience and technique work.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.