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Lee Suggs

SELECTED BY MINNESOTA , ROUND 4, PICK 19, OVERALL PICK 115
RB | (5-11, 202, 4.55) | Virginia Tech
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Ran a 4.38 in the spring of 2001 before knee injury. Top high school sprinter with unofficial bests of 10.4 in the 100 meters and 6.2 in the 55 meters. Redshirted at Virginia Tech in 1998. Lettered in '99, when he carried 44 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for one yard. Missed two games after having his knee scoped. Unanimous All-Big East and co-Big East Player of the Year (shared with Michael Vick) in 2000, when he carried 222-1,207-27, caught 3-44 and one touchdown and led the nation in scoring. Carried 12-99-2 in the first half of Virginia Tech's '01 opener vs. Connecticut in '01 and then tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus. Had surgery on Sept. 14, 2001. Started 13 games in '02, carrying 238-1,255-20 with a long of 59 and catching 11-126-2. Was named second-team All-Big East.

Positives: Has excellent speed. Thick, solid and well-cut body with a good bubble. Very quick and fast with shiftiness and great acceleration. Anticipates, sees holes and cutback lanes. Is instinctive, especially inside, and powerful and breaks tackles. Good lateral movement. Runs strong with low pads. Is a willing and tough blocker, a great worker and a great competitor. North-south, top goal-line runner and non-fumbler with exceptional balance. Will work to finish his runs, breaks arm tackles and gets a lot of yardage after contact.

Negatives: Lacks great hands and does not run good routes. Can get better at blocking. Durability is a concern, since he had major knee surgery on his left knee in September of '01 and his right knee scoped in April of '02 and October of '99. Not really elusive and more instinctive inside. Cannot juke and lacks make-you-miss in the open field. Not a top outside runner and is better in traffic than the open field. Rarely used in the passing game and needs to develop his hands and route-running.

Summary: Suggs can run with speed and power. Had he not suffered a knee injury in 2001, he would be a first-rounder, and perhaps the best back in the draft. He would be a good value in the second round.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.