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Sultan Mccullough

RB | (5-11, 202, 4.33) | USC
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Older brother, Saladin, played running back at Oregon and was in NFL camps. Sultan is a top collegiate sprinter with personal bests of 10.17 seconds in the 100 meters and 20.89 in the 200. He won the Pacific-10 100 meters in 1999 and was second in '01. Qualified for the Olympic trials but opted not to compete. Ran the 100 meters in 10.41 to finish second at the Pac-10 track meet in the spring of '02. Football redshirt in 1998 and came off the bench in '99 to carry 90 times for 413 yards with one touchdown and caught one pass for six yards. Second-team All-Pac-10 in 2000, when he started 10-of-12 games, carried 227-1,163-6 and caught nine passes for 25 yards. Started the first six games in '01 and then missed the rest of the year with an abdominal strain injury that required surgery. Rushed 118-410-5 and caught 6-100 and one touchdown. In '02, carried 167-738-7 and caught 12-69-0 while returning two kickoffs for 38 yards.

Positives: Rare speed. Hits the hole cleanly and may be the fastest player ever to get to the corner. Can explode and go the distance and has great burst and talent and good run skills. Improving all the time, but flashed more run skills in 2000 than '01. Has the upper-body strength, benchpressing 225 pounds 27 times at the Combine.

Negatives: Lacks size and does not have great vision or play strength. Is an average receiver who has questionable hands, needs to be wide open to catch the ball and lacks run instincts. Has small hands and is a body catcher, and also is a sloppy route-runner. Not a natural running back. Very questionable character. Has a chip on his shoulder and rubs people the wrong way. Not a good learner. Lacks strength and toughness as a runner. Not explosive or very tough. Average make-you-miss for his size. Not interested in blocking. Profane, disrespectful and undependable. Needs reps. Negative leader. Plays to speed. Does not run with much power or determination and arm tackles can often bring him down. Needs an attitude adjustment and maturity. Durability questions won't go away, especially after he pulled his hamstring in the East-West Shrine Game. The injury prevented him from testing the track at the Scouting Combine.

Summary: A poor man's Trung Canidate if he gets his head screwed on right and learns to catch and block better. May be worth trying at cornerback.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.