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Robert Royal

SELECTED BY MIAMI , ROUND 5, PICK 28, OVERALL PICK 160
TE | (0-0, 250) | LSU
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Prop 48 in 1997 but got the year back. Missed the start of the '98 season with a hernia. Came back to see action in the last nine games but did not catch a pass. Played in 10 games and started one at F-back in '99, when he had 19 catches for 143 yards and one touchdown. Started every game in 2000 and '01. Caught 22-340-5 in '00. In '01, numbers fell to 18-224-1 with Rohan Davey at quarterback. Davey threw more to his wide receivers and less to his tight end than Josh Booty. Was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick by the league's coaches and a second-team selection by the media in 2000. Was a second-team pick by the media in '01. Joined Louisiana State's basketball team but gave it up after playing in five games because of some foot problems and a lack of time to do what he had to do.

Positives: Has the size to be a true tight end and the pass-catching skills to be an H-back. Adjusts to the ball well and can snatch the ball away from the frame of his body. Will make the sensational catch at times. Will catch over the middle. Is a good downfield blocker who also can be a pretty effective in-line blocker.

Negatives: Has poor workout numbers and is not fluid. Has an almost stiff and awkward gait when he runs at times. Lacks great size and power for an in-line tight end. Is not an overpowering blocker. Gets jammed at the line and has trouble releasing quickly at times. Will lose his concentration at times and has more drops than he should have. Just average after the catch. Will run hard but is not at all elusive. Had a disappointing senior year.

Summary: Lacks speed but has good hands, so how well he blocks and plays on special teams will be the key to him making it on the next level.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.