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Doug Gabriel

SELECTED BY ARIZONA , ROUND 6, PICK 2, OVERALL PICK 167
WR | (6-2, 213, 4.51) | UCF
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Originally signed with Miami (Fla.) as a wide receiver but wound up at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College because of grades. Then turned down a chance to go to Florida State as a defensive back in order to play wide receiver at Central Florida. Played in 10 games in 2001, starting six, and caught 22 passes for 632 yards and nine touchdowns and returned six kickoffs for 163 yards. Averaged a whopping 28.7 yards per catch and was the team's home-run hitter, with more than 40 percent of his receptions going the distance. In '02, Gabriel had a team-best 75 catches for 1,237 yards and 11 touchdowns and returned 31 kickoffs for 632 yards.

Positives: A big, smooth, fluid receiver with deceptive speed (seems to get faster as he goes), but not sudden and doesn't possess big, explosive second gear. Is hard to jam because of his size. Can make tough catches and has some run-after-the-catch and return ability. Improved in all areas in '02. Decent return skills.

Negatives: More fast than quick and is slow to separate. Up-and-down player who still has too many drops because of lapses in concentration. Tends to round off his routes, lacks real suddenness getting into and out of his breaks and very rarely will drop his hips when getting into his break. Lacks ball security and will fumble. Needs reps. May have an inflated opinion of himself and is a little bit of a hot dog. Needs to grow up and not be so in love with himself.

Summary: With better technique, concentration and focus, he could develop into a starting receiver in the NFL, but if he does not improve his focus and concentration, he could end up being a bust.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.