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Justin Gage

SELECTED BY NEW YORK , ROUND 5, PICK 11, OVERALL PICK 143
WR | (6-4, 217, 4.65) | Missouri
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Top high school football and basketball player who played both sports at Missouri but was a better football player and the best athlete on the football team. Gage enrolled as a quarterback in 1999 and was slated to redshirt, but he wound up playing the last three games after the team got hit with injuries. Moved to wide receiver in 2000 and caught 44 passes for 709 yards and four touchdowns and also completed 2-of-5 passes for 105 yards with no scores. Numbers improved to 74-920-5 in '01. Both the Tigers' Offensive MVP and an All-Big 12 first-team pick the last two seasons. Started 12 games in '02 and caught 82-1,075-9 and rushed two times for nine yards.

Positives: Has very good size, outstanding hands and ball skills. Has superb body control and adjusts to the ball very well. Can make the great acrobatic grabs and catches well in crowds. Flexible for his size and has great toughness. Upside is the key  he can only get stronger, faster and more competitive.

Negatives: Lacks physical strength because he missed offseason weight programs to play basketball and was doing basketball workouts, not football. More of a fluid strider than a quick mover. Lacks speed and sudden movements. Doesn't give a consistent effort as a blocker.

Summary: Has the potential to be a playmaker because of his size, hands and body control but doesn't have elite speed.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.