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Kenny Peterson

SELECTED BY TAMPA BAY , ROUND 3, PICK 16, OVERALL PICK 79
DE | (6-3, 298, 4.8) | Ohio State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Top All-Ohio DL prospect out of high school. Has bulked up from 260 pounds to 275. Redshirted in 1998, saw limited action in '99, played a lot in 2000 and got his first two starts in '01 (vs. Penn State and Purdue). Had 15 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks in 2000 and had 24-6-3 in '01. Started 13-of-14 games in '02, making 43-9½-6 and two forced fumbles. Added approximately 18 pounds between final game and March 1. Did not do any workout at the Combine, but had a strong Senior Bowl showing.

Positives: Relentless, has a very quick get-off and shows explosive quickness off the ball shooting to inside gaps. Has good awareness and football intelligence. Makes good use of his hands. Pursues well laterally and can change directions quickly and close fast. Agile, athletic player who rotates throughout the game. Has big upside and potential. Plays hard and disruptive and uses leverage in bull rush. Good athlete, explosive pass-rusher and playmaker. Very strong for his size. Can play inside.

Negatives: Lacks size and butt to be an interior lineman. Has the production of a part-time player. Plays hard and has real talent, but the enigma is that production doesn't match.

Summary: Talented tweener who seems to be putting it all together. Very talented, athletic player who has shown flashes of greatness.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.