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Ben Claxton

SELECTED BY SEATTLE , ROUND 5, PICK 25, OVERALL PICK 157
C | (6-2, 301, 5.28) | Mississippi
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played in two games before injuring his knee and redshirting in 1998. Started every game in '99. Started the 2000 opener, missed four games with a fractured left ankle and was not ready to start until the team's bowl game. Second-team All-Southeastern Conference center in '01, when he started every game. Played in all 13 games and made 12 starts at center last year. Coaches named him to the second-team All-SEC offense. Did not start Texas Tech game Sept. 14 after suffering a sprained ankle vs. Memphis Sept. 7.

Positives: Captain, leader and a throwback tough-guy type. Knows the playbook and takes good angles. Has enough upper-body bulk and gets good leverage. Very smart and competitive. Is feisty and will battle tooth-and-nail. Given Sportsmanship Award at '03 Senior Bowl.

Negatives: Is a marginal athlete with marginal size. Really struggles to hold fort and handle big defensive tackles. Has questionable feet and will struggle to pick up the blitz at times. Struggles in space and adjusting on the second level.

Summary: Savvy college center who lacks the athleticism to be effective at the next level and will be lucky to be drafted late.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.