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Dan Klecko

DT | (5-11, 283, 4.89) | TEMPLE
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Son of Joe Klecko. Freshman All-American in 1999, when he started the last nine games. Missed considerable time in 2000, including three full games, when a high-ankle sprain and sprained knee really hampered him. Started every game and was an All-Big East pick in '01. Had 53 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks in '99; 21-7-1½ in 2000; and 62-19½-6½ in '01. Sprained ankle at practice before opener vs. Richmond. Started 11-of-12 games in '02, making 68 tackles with 22½ tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 21 QB hurries and four forced fumbles. Dressed but did not play vs. Richmond with sprained right ankle. Played both end and tackle. Led Big East in tackles for loss and sacks. Named 2002 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Associated Press second-team All-American. One of only eight players in Big East history to be a two-time unanimous first-team All-Conference selection. Only helped himself in pre-draft workout sessions.

Positives: Self-starter and weight-room warrior who plays hard. Is tough and uses hands quickly and with authority. OK but not great quickness, agility and balance. Has good football intelligence and studies tape. Good attitude and energy. Strongest player on team. Has a 520-pound bench-press. Instinctive, superaggressive and relentless one-gap player.

Negatives: Does not have great size, with short, 30-inch arms. Is not explosive in terms of speed. Has above-adequate athletic ability but lacks the height, long arms, athletic ability, explosiveness and speed that his father had.

Summary: His work ethic and weight-room numbers will get him drafted, but Klecko may never be a three-down defensive tackle because of his size and lack of suddenness.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.