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Kelley Washington

SELECTED BY SAN DIEGO , ROUND 3, PICK 2, OVERALL PICK 65
WR | (6-2, 223, 4.5) | Tennessee
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Marginal college prospect as a 5-11, 170-pound high school quarterback and defensive back who signed with Hofstra after no other Division I school offered a scholarship in 1997. However, he was drafted in the 10th round of the June '97 baseball draft by the Florida Marlins and signed as a shortstop. Spent four years in the minors and convinced nobody he could be the next A-Rod, hitting .213 for his career and fielding so poorly he was moved to third base. Came to Tennessee in '01 as a 225-pound quarterback and receiver and was the talk of spring practice. Played in every game in the fall and started five games, catching 64 passes for 1,010 yards and five touchdowns. Had 11-256-1 vs. LSU, the Southeastern Conference champion, and won Freshman All-America and SEC Freshman of the Year honors. Sprained his knee in late August 2002 and suffered a partial tear of his left lateral collateral ligament at the start of the season. Was out against Alabama with a concussion. Had spinal-fusion surgery on Nov. 19, 2002 relating to a hit and concussion sustained on Oct. 12 vs. Georgia and had two vertebrae fused. Played in four games with two starts in '02, catching 23-443-1.

Positives: Has good size, speed and strength, athletic ability and skills. Creates physical mismatches with defensive backs. Very natural, fluid and easy runner. Great athletic ability, hand-eye coordination, quickness, agility and balance. Tremendous upside. Had the strongest arm in the Tennessee program.

Negatives: Needs to improve his route-running, consistency and blocking technique. Has to learn how to drop his weight getting into and out of breaks, run more precise routes and set up defensive backs. Needs to show more of a willingness to block. Has a huge ego, is flashy and turns people off. Cocky. Talker. Not polished. Has a longevity issue with neck injury.

Summary: Tall, big, physical, quick, fast everything scouts are looking for from a physical standpoint  but has a very serious neck situation and an oversized ego that will hurt him.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.