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Matt Walters

DT | (6-4, 272, 5.05) | Miami (FL)
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1998. Top backup in '99. Started three times in 2000 and every game in '01. Had 27 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in '99; 32-5-3 in 2000; and 66-8-3 in '01, when he also had a key interception at Boston College, which Ed Reed took from him and returned for a game-clinching score. Academic All-Big East in '99, 2000 and '01. Started all 13 games (including Fiesta Bowl) in '02, recording 64-8-5 and winning first-team Academic All-America honors. Though he did not run at the Scouting Combine, he did 30 reps of 225.

Positives: Understands and plays with leverage, uses his hands well to shed, studies his opponents and knows their weaknesses and tendencies and gives top effort on every play. He is quick into gaps, can change directions and mixes things up nicely. Has good instincts and awareness and plays within the confines of the defense. Uses his hands well, is relentless and has good overall football intelligence.

Negatives: Lacks size as a defensive tackle and pure edge speed as an end. Not an explosive athlete but a good one nonetheless. Will struggle against a double team.

Summary: Was underrated because of the talent that surrounded him with the Hurricanes, but Walters will present a team good value on the second day of the draft and could play either end or tackle in the NFL.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.