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Tim Stratton

TE | (0-0, 251) | Purdue
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Fifth-year senior who played football, basketball and volleyball in high school. Redshirted in 1997. Played in every game the past four years and started five times in '98, seven times in '99, eight times in 2000 for a team that did not always open the game with a tight end in the lineup, and eight times in '01. Caught 38 passes for 381 yards and seven touchdowns in '98 with a long of 29 yards. In '99, caught 49-593-4 with a long of 34. In 2000, when he also became Purdue's regular long-snapper, hauled in 58-605-2 with a long of 29. Caught 47-423-2 in '01. Won All-Big Ten honors in 1999, 2000 and '01 and won the John Mackey Award as the best tight end in the nation in '00.

Positives: Above-average size and good hand-eye coordination. Has very soft and natural hands. Will snatch balls with his hands and can find soft spots in a zone defense. At times, will look a lot quicker than his 40-time in a short area. Can make the deep snap.

Negatives: Lacks quickness and speed. Cannot run away from anyone for long. Despite size, he is a poor blocker who lacks strength, pop and passion for the job. Does not bend his knees and use good leverage while blocking and looks as though he is just content to get in somebody's way. Started dropping the ball in 2001 and was benched at one point. Inconsistent snapper. Does not always seem committed to football. Is not a big weight-room guy and has not done much to improve his blocking.

Summary: Has some potential as a long-snapper. If he can improve his accuracy as a snapper and commitment to work as a player, Stratton could make a team and contribute as a long-snapper and backup tight end.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.