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Osi Umenyiora

SELECTED BY CINCINNATI , ROUND 2, PICK 24, OVERALL PICK 56
DE | (6-3, 280, 4.8) | Troy
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Never played organized football until his junior year in high school. Was a soccer player. Most athletic defensive lineman on the team. Started every game in 1999 and 2001 and nine games in 2000. Had 75 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks in '99; 81 tackles in 2000, when he was lost playing the nose; and 59-10-6 in '01. Had 16 sacks his senior season, which was second to only Arizona State DE Terrell Suggs (24) in D-I. Also had 57 tackles and 20½ tackles for loss and 43 QB hurries. Played very well in a three-sack performance against Mississippi State, and showed flashes against Marshall and Arkansas.

Positives: Good athlete with size and speed to run and chase. Great upside and potential. Does not have great technique, but can close on the quarterback and chases well from behind. Very productive college player with a good motor.

Negatives: Lacks football intelligence and does not protect his legs well or have good technique. Is just learning to play the game and is very rudimentary in terms of skills. Use of hands is almost non-existent. Lines up way too wide.

Summary: Size and speed are too much for teams to ignore. Umenyiora could be drafted by a team who can bring him along slowly as a passing-downs specialist and develop him as a full-time end.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.