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Antonio Garay

DE | (6-2, 295, 4.8) | Boston College
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Did not run at the Scouting Combine because of a left ankle injury. Top high school and college wrestler who has competed at the NCAA championships. On the gridiron, Garay played in nine games as a true freshman in 1998. Saw action in every game and started three in '99. Injured his left knee in the 2000 opener and redshirted. Started eight games in '01 before suffering a season-ending neck injury vs. Notre Dame. Was out last spring after undergoing surgery on his neck. Came back in the fall and was playing well until he fractured his right ankle in Game Five vs. Virginia Tech. Prior to the injury, had 34 tackles, 7½ tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception. In '98, had 19-1-0; 61-6-0 in '99; and 57-9-5 and an interception in '01.

Positives: Can be dominating or close to it when he is healthy. Can play end or tackle and might be an ideal 3-4 end. Is very strong with good leverage and can use hands to shed. A power player who can run and a good inside power rusher who can improve with technique and moves. Has enough speed to come off the corner. Hustles and chases the ball.

Negatives: Durability. Has missed 24 games the past three years with knee, neck and ankle injuries. May have trouble passing a physical. Is neither a great edge pass rusher as an end nor a 320-pound inside run stuffer as a 4-3 tackle or nose tackle.

Summary: Is now healthy, and with a clean bill of health would be a top prospect. With so many injuries in the past, however, his long-term health and durability are huge concerns.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.