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Gerald Hayes

LB | (6-0, 238, 4.75) | Pittsburgh
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played 10 games and started three as a freshman in 1999. Started 9-of-10 games in 2000 and every game the last two years. Second-team All-Big East pick in 2000 and a first-team choice in '01. Had 46 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, and two sacks in '99; 104-10-3 with four passes defensed in 2000; and 104-15-61-1 in '01. Led team with 133 tackles in '02, including 19 for loss, two sacks, four passes broken up, two interceptions and one fumble recovery he returned eight yards for a touchdown.

Positives: Self-starter who plays hard, hustles and chases. Good character. Good straight-line speed. Wraps up when tackling in smaller areas. Good acceleration and power. Long 35-inch arms. Makes defensive calls. Plays hard and has good football intelligence. Is tough and productive. Can run and hit. Is strong and physical. High-motor player who can be counted on to give you his all.

Negatives: Inconsistent reading and reacting. Does not use his hands well and lets blockers into his body. Marginal quickness, agility and balance. Needs to improve his foot agility in drops. Gets walled off vs. the run. Is marginal through traffic. Struggles redirecting in the open field and does not have a real good feel for coverage. Waits a lot. Average athletic ability for a weak-side linebacker. Does not have good instincts.

Summary: One of the top players at his position, Hayes should be a top 40 pick but must improve his quickness and change of direction to be a player at the next level.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.