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Michael Hayes

WR | (6-4, 215, 4.6) | Southern University
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Sixth-year player in 2002. Redshirted at LSU in 1997 after breaking his ankle. Caught three passes for 34 yards in '98 at LSU. Arrived at Southern in '99, two weeks before the season and caught 56-823-6. All-Southwestern Athletic Conference player in 2000, when he caught 80-1,328-15. Tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the '01 opener and was awarded a second redshirt year. Played in 12 games in '02 and led the team in receptions with 69-873-9. Also carried 11 times for 92 yards.

Positives: Great size and wingspan with 341-inch arms. Big, tall and gets on top of defensive backs quickly, can be physical and tough and can snatch the ball. Will come down with most jump balls. OK to good feet. Some quickness into and out of breaks. Good football intelligence and awareness. Good adjusting to take the ball away. Can track and locate the ball. Has fluid, deceptive speed and will makes catches down the field.

Negatives: Not sudden. Is coming off knee surgery. Struggles getting separation deep. Not a great blocker. Has a high, upright release and takes some plays off. Inconsistent catcher. Not sure-handed when reaching for the ball. Marginal muscle development. Cannot pluck the ball outside of his frame. Lacks home-run speed. Pesty blocker who gets hung up on the release. Too many drops on passes he has to extend to catch.

Summary: Has excellent size and jumping ability to go up and get the ball but needs to improve his speed and suddenness, which may be difficult to do since he lost a step after having major knee surgery. Could receive late-round consideration.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.