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Khalid Abdullah

SELECTED BY NEW YORK , ROUND 5, PICK 4, OVERALL PICK 136
LB | (6-2, 227, 4.64) | Mars Hill
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Signed with Clemson, but instead wound up at Bethune-Cookman in 1997 because of his academics. Did not play a game at Bethune-Cookman in '97 and transferred in '98. Started at Mars Hill the past three years. Had 84 stops, including nine for loss, six sacks, seven passes broken up and an interception in '01. Started 10-of-14 games and had 98-17-5-8, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in '02. Made a good impression on scouts at the Combine.

Positives: Is smooth and fluid from head to toe and doesn't waste movements. Has outstanding balance, excellent range and lateral quickness. Will walk off and cover a wide receiver and looks fluid in coverage at the college level. Has very good coordination, quick hands and feet. Appears to be highly motivated and uses his hands well. Has a 36½-inch vertical.

Negatives: Does not take on blocks well. Very active and athletic linebacker who lacks size and strength. Will play a little soft at times and is not a big hitter, even gearing down on impact.

Summary: It will be difficult for Abdullah to translate his past success to the next level, but his size and athleticism give him a chance to catch on with a team.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.