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Ethenic Sands

WR | (5-11, 170, 4.6) | Miami (FL)
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school quarterback who redshirted in 1998. Moved to wide receiver and caught four passes for 38 yards and one TD in '99. Went back to quarterback in 2000 and returned to WR in '01 and '02. Caught 26-385-1 while starting twice in '01. Was part of a rotation as team's No. 2 and No. 3 receiver with two other players in '02, when he caught 18-278-4 and returned 17 punts for 169 yards. Caught 3-34-0 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Positives: Sands is a natural receiver with good hands and ball skills. Will go over the middle. Reliable. Agile. Good attitude. Quick learner. Can return punts. Shows some elusiveness.

Negatives: Lacks size and the explosive, big-play speed and strength to beat the jam. Doesn't get a good release and runs sloppy, rounded routes. Doesn't separate consistently and will drop the ball and does not help the quarterback. Fails to read and react to coverage. Not a burner.

Summary: Natural athlete who lacks great speed and never refined his skills because he was willing to switch to positions where he was needed most. Attitude and return skills make him well worth inviting to camp, and he could sneak into a late round if he improves his speed.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.