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Cory Redding

SELECTED BY SAN DIEGO , ROUND 3, PICK 3, OVERALL PICK 66
DE | (6-4, 279, 4.9) | Texas
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school All-American and USA Today Defensive Player of the Year. Also a high school linebacker and discus champ. Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 1999, when he played in every game and started in the Cotton Bowl. Started from the second game on in 2000 and led the Longhorns in sacks. Started every game in '01 and won All-Conference honors and second-team All-America honors. In '02, played in every game and had 76 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 8½ sacks. Also forced four fumbles and recovered two and was an All-Big 12 pick.

Positives: Very tough, durable, relentless and intense. Almost too hyper. Will drop into coverage at times. Is quick off the ball and an intense worker. Is a tough, high-energy player with good quickness, top strength, burst and closing speed. OK in zone drops and coverage. Big, 10-inch hands and pretty long, 33-inch arms. Quick first step.

Negatives: Gets too upright and bounced around too much. Lacks change of direction and is slow redirecting. Has OK speed and lacks true edge speed. Thus, is not a speed rusher. Must learn how to counter and redirect as a rusher. Lacks quick hands and body control and has average athletic ability for a defensive end.

Summary: More of a defensive tackle trapped in a defensive end's body.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.