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Boss Bailey

SELECTED BY NEW YORK , ROUND 2, PICK 2, OVERALL PICK 34
LB | (6-3, 233, 4.38) | Georgia
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Brother of Redskins CB Champ Bailey. Boss was a high school sprinter, hurdler and football star who suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament his senior year in high school. Played in every game at Georgia as the No. 2 strong-side linebacker in 1998. Started every game in '99. Tore his right anterior cruciate ligament on the opening kickoff in 2000 and redshirted. Came back to start all but one game at strong-side linebacker in '01 and was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference. Had right knee scoped after the season, but came back to make his senior season his best. Had 21 tackles, two tackles for loss and one interception in 1998; 66 tackles, 51 sacks, one pass broken up and an interception in '99; 65 tackles, six for loss, one sack and five interceptions in '01 (two picks vs. Florida) and 114-6-91-4 in '02 (including bowl game).

Positives: Very active, athletic linebacker with excellent speed and range. Can run like a deer and boasts a 42- to 46-inch vertical leap. Looks like a blur on back-side pursuit. Has the speed to run with a wide receiver and sideline-to-sideline range. Catches the ball well. Stood out in the SEC championship game vs. Arkansas. Jumper on placements and has gotten his hand on a few, blocking three kicks in '02. Times his jumps well. Some team are looking at him as a safety.

Negatives: Built for speed but not power and does not use his hands very well to shed. As a result, will get wired to the blocker at times and is more of a run-around than take-on player. Will overrun plays and miss way too many tackles. Had eight or nine missed tackles in the '02 Alabama game. Does not always finish plays or play downhill.

Summary: Will be a first-rounder because of his speed, athleticism and bloodline.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.