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Tyler Brayton

SELECTED BY NEW ENGLAND , ROUND 1, PICK 32, OVERALL PICK 32
DE | (6-6, 277, 4.75) | Colorado
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Three-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball and baseball) who scored a 1,090 on the SAT. Played in every game as a redshirt freshman in 1999. Missed the 2000 opener after violating a team rule. Cracked the starting lineup in '01, started every game and led the team in sacks with 4. Posted 14 stops, including one for loss, in '99, and 28-6 and one sack in 2000. Started 11 games at end and one at tackle in '01 and recorded 44-7-4. Played both tackle and end in '02, won All-Big 12 honors and was the team's defensive MVP. Had 62-4-7. Best game may have been vs. Texas Tech, when he had four tackles, one sack and scored on a 14-yard fumble return. Impressive 40 time (many anticipated a 4.9) boosted his stock.

Positives: A totally dedicated, tough-as-nails player who is a hard worker in the weight room and on the practice field. Is a team leader, a smart player and has quick hands and good quickness off the ball. He is relentless, making plays all over the field.

Negatives: Versatile, but a bit of a DE-DT tweener who will have to play lower inside. Has a very narrow build for a defensive tackle, and despite great weight-room numbers, cannot translate that strength to the field because of his body build. Is a little stiff and struggles to get leverage inside. Loses leverage by getting high and narrow. Lacks explosive edge quickness and speed for an end. The better the opponent, the more trouble he has making plays. Dominated vs. an average Texas Tech offensive lineman, but was not a big factor vs. Oklahoma.

Summary: A great-motor player who gets the most out of his ability, but has some limitations for which all the intensity, heart and hustle in the world can't fully compensate.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.