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Eric Steinbach

OG | (6-6, 297, 4.93) | Iowa
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Was a four-sport athlete in high school and had 22 catches and 26 sacks in 1997 as a two-way end. Redshirted as a tight end in '98. Moved to offensive guard during the '99 season and started the final four games. Started the three games he was healthy for in 2000 and the eight games he was healthy for in '01. Missed the second game that season with an ankle injury and hardly played after dislocating his left elbow vs. Northwestern in the ninth game of the year. Started every game last fall and was an Associated Press first-team All-American, AFCA All-American, first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Positives: Has top athletic ability. Quick and explosive with quick reactions to movement with hands and body. Has great body snap. Very strong and maintains a solid base while playing square to line of scrimmage. Gets good fits, adjusts on the move and is a fighter. Explosive hand punch and good use of hands. Grabs and locks on. Uses quick feet to shuffle and slide. Has toughness and works to finish his blocks. Showed NFL scouts that he has the feet and athleticism to play tackle at the next level.

Negatives: Doesn't always bend and can lose leverage. Has not completely grasped the mental aspect of the game. Bulk leads him to be projected as an NFL guard, as do his narrow hips and lack of a big butt. Is a little stiff in the upper body and doesn't recover well. Has had a lot of injury problems.

Summary: Steinbach must show he can stay healthy and do a better job of translating his athleticism and weight-room numbers to the field. If he does that, he could become a top NFL guard or tackle.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.