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Seneca Wallace

SELECTED BY CHICAGO , ROUND 4, PICK 14, OVERALL PICK 110
QB | (5-11, 196, 4.5) | Iowa State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Went to Oregon State as a defensive back but before playing a game, returned to be closer to home when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, and played at Sacramento City College in 1999 and 2000. Began career at Sacramento as a wide receiver but moved to quarterback after the starter was injured. Completed 106-of-155 passes for 1,398 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 330 yards and 13 scores in 1999. In 2000, passed for 3,675 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 550 yards and nine touchdowns. Enrolled at Iowa State in January '01 and established himself by the end of spring practice. Named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year and team co-MVP in '01, when he completed 167-of-269 for 2,044 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Also rushed 114-475-7. Offensive MVP of the Independence Bowl after completing 25-of-42 for 284 yards vs. Alabama. Started all 13 regular-season games in '02 and completed 231-405-3,138-14-18 and rushed for 11-354-8. Was totally shut down vs. Oklahoma, when he completed 4-22-43 and threw three interceptions. Also rushed for minus-28 yards. Completed 13-38-107-1-0 and rushed 12-83-0 in a 34-16 loss to Boise State in the Humanitarian Bowl. Was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award.

Positives: Best pure athlete on the team. Very fluid and plays faster than he clocks. He views himself as a passing quarterback who can run, not the other way around. Has a quick, overhand delivery and an uncanny knack for throwing while on the move in either direction. Plays with confidence and poise. Has NFL arm strength and superior instincts that he really relies upon. Has quick feet, is smooth in the pocket and can scramble and avoid pressure. Throws well moving to his left or right and gets good drive on the ball even when throwing off the wrong foot. Seems to do the right thing without thinking about it.

Negatives: Lack of height is a concern. Will force throws and can struggle to find his No. 2 receiver. Doesn't always read coverages well and has hot-and-cold streaks as a passer. Will refuse to concede a play and gets greedy at times. He has said he does not want to consider a position change. Was decent at the Senior Bowl as a quarterback, but rubbed a lot of teams the wrong way by refusing to run routes at the Scouting Combine. Some teams imply that Wallace is more cocky than confident, but can't dispute his athleticism (4.5 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical leap).

Summary: Is under six feet tall, but he could make it in the NFL if he's willing to be a jack-of-all-trades and third-string quarterback early in his career.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.