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Dave Ragone

SELECTED BY MINNESOTA , ROUND 3, PICK 25, OVERALL PICK 88
QB | (6-3, 249, 4.94) | Louisville
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Started at quarterback just one year (his senior year) in high school. Redshirted in 1998. Threw only two passes (1-of-2 for seven yards) while backing up Chris Redman in '99. Took over as the starter in 2000 after Redman was drafted and completed 216-of-354 passes for 2,621 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and ran for 252 yards and six scores. Won Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2000. Won the same award in '01 and also was named the Liberty Bowl MVP. Completed 231-383-3,056-23-7 and ran for 66-3 during the regular season and completed 19-28-228-3-1 vs. Brigham Young in the Liberty Bowl. Named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year for third consecutive year in '02. Completed 237-441-2,880-24-11 although he was sacked more than any Division I-A quarterback and played with a young, injury-depleted WR corps. He did not help himself greatly at the Senior Bowl, but worked hard and with the help of Scott Linehan, former Louisville head coach (current Vikings offensive coordinator), bounced back strong with a good to outstanding workout at the Scouting Combine.

Positives: Big, strong, highly aggressive player who likes to lift with the linemen and refuses to slide with the ball. Hard-throwing lefty who likes to challenge the defense downfield and has all of the intangibles. Has a strong, but not great arm and big hands. Ragone is a top leader but is also too tough, macho and competitive for his own good. Smart and coachable, but on a few passes seems to go brain-dead. In some ways he is similar to a young Boomer Esiason.

Negatives: Seems too big and lacks athleticism. Does not throw a tight pass, and the ball will flutter and even die at times. Seems more accurate down the field than on soft-touch, dump-off passes. Will often make his receiver work for the ball instead of letting him run right through it. Is a better power runner than scrambler and avoider, but he takes unnecessary risks. Is kind of heavy-legged, knock-kneed and pigeontoed. Offense called for him to work out of the shotgun on more than 80 percent of his throws and that shows in his footwork. He doesn't always protect the ball when under pressure.

Summary: Doesn't look like a quarterback, but in the right system, Ragone can be effective in the NFL. His leadership qualities might be his greatest asset, but Ragone will require a year or two holding the clipboard before he is ready.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.