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Kris Dielman

DL | (0-0, 275) | Indiana
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played in every game and started one as a true freshman tight end in 1999, catching five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Backup tight end who caught 7-46-2 and also made seven tackles filling in on the defensive line in 2000. Started every game at tight end in '01 and caught 14-206-2. Moved to defensive tackle in spring of '02 and seemed to like it. Had 55 tackles, 14 for loss, and five sacks in '02.

Positives: Blue-collar tough guy with top character and a will to compete. Aggressive blocker who works to finish his blocks and can be a dominant presence as a blocking tight end. Will go the extra mile. Very coachable player who picked up intricacies of DT position quickly. Plays well on the move. Has some quickness and good balance. Has nice burst and can be disruptive in the backfield. Plays hurt.

Negatives: Lacks overall speed. Marginal size will be a problem on defense and speed an issue on offense. Because he is new to the position, does not impress with technique or use of hands and pass-rushing skills.

Summary: Dielman could land with a team late in the draft as a project, especially if he can add bulk and lower-body strength.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.