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Matt Leonard

DT | (6-2, 305, 4.97) | Stanford
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school All-American. Redshirted in 1998. Top backup in '99 who started in the Rose Bowl. Starting nose tackle when healthy in 2000 and starting defensive tackle when healthy in '01, but he missed four full games and parts of others both years with disc problems in his back. Had 13 tackles and one tackle for loss in '99; 21-6 and two sacks in 2000; and 16-5-4 in '01. Started all 11 games in '02 at defensive tackle, making 25-8-2, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Honorable-mention All-Pacific-10.

Positives: Has a quick first step and is quick into gaps. Has football intelligence and locates the ball quickly. Stays on his feet and holds the point of attack. Uses his hands to shed blocks and keeps his legs clean. Counters and spins in his pass rush and has a burst to close. Is passionate and nasty and loves to play. Has a big bubble butt and gets a good push. Good inside pass-rush ability. Has played defensive end, tackle and nose tackle. Was his team's best lineman when healthy. Can be very disruptive and is instinctive and reactive. Hustles and chases and plays bigger than he is. Stronger than most expected and did 30 reps of 225 at the Scouting Combine.

Negatives: Has average size, speed and durability. Has had back problems and trouble staying healthy. Heavy-legged and not huge with questionable long speed.

Summary: Might be drafted as early as the third round because of his versatility, intelligence and heart, but measurables may push him into the latter rounds.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.