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Jordan Gross

SELECTED BY ATLANTA , ROUND 1, PICK 8, OVERALL PICK 8
OT | (6-4, 300, 5.02) | Utah
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school basketball, football and track letterman and a black belt in tae kwon do. Played in nine games and started the last three as a freshman in 1999. Started every game in 2000 and '01. Played right and left tackle and right and left guard during that period. Sat out most of last spring to rest his hand but did not have surgery. Started all 11 games at left tackle last season, when he was named a Football Writers' Association All-American and an Outland Trophy finalist. Married to childhood sweetheart he's known since he was 12. Helped himself by fully participating at the Combine and moving exceptionally well.

Positives: Very fluid and makes it look easy. Light on his feet, never gives ground and has top athleticism and body control. Exceptional athletic ability and use of hands. Patient and poised. Never gets flustered. Versatile blocker who can play tackle or guard, right or left, and has a lot of upside. Very good initial quickness. Can scoot and wheel block. Wheels hips and finishes. Explosive. Jars and knocks back defenders. Very good feet. Keeps low pad level, gets position and sustains blocks. Redirects and finishes. Bends knees and moves feet. Good hand placement. Slides and mirrors. Hard worker and leader. Plays hard and dominates. Very good student. Very, very smart and intelligent. Big and thick without much fat. Good person who is down to earth. Has inner strength and is highly competitive. Good initial quickness and mobility and understands blocking angles. Gets good fits, adjusts well on the second level and rarely blows an assignment. Has good lateral-slide agility. Will dominate in the running and passing games.

Negatives: Lacks great size, feet and explosion. Has not been tested often and has not faced top-flight competition. Some teams feel that he could be heavier and that he's light in the backside. Can improve as a run blocker.

Summary: The best left tackle in the draft. Gary Zimmerman-type player who might do best at right tackle or guard, but has the athleticism and attitude to be a very special player.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.