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Nick Eason

DT | (0-0, 301) | Clemson
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Fifth-year senior in '02. Played as a graduate student for the second straight year after graduating in August 2001 with a sociology degree. Suffered medical problems (complained of an irregular heartbeat) during fall '02 drills and his non-surgically repaired Achilles tendon bothered him all year. The injury caused him to miss most Monday practices, but he still wound up starting every game and was the only Clemson player to win first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. Redshirted in 1998. Played every game in '99, started once and had 18 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack. Started every regular-season game in 2000 as an end and was team's defensive MVP before suffering a torn Achilles tendon while preparing for the Peach Bowl. Came back in '01 to start all but one game at tackle. Struggled to recover from his injury and was further slowed by an ankle injury. Started at tackle in '02. Posted 36-11-7 in 2000; 34-7-0 in '01; and 62-9-7 in '02.

Positives: Great kid who does a lot of community work. Member of the NCAA Goodwork Team. Looks the part. Is big and thick and has large arms and a big butt. Weight-room worker whose biceps don't fit in a uniform. Can bench-press more than 450 pounds and squat nearly 700 pounds. Above-average athlete. Gets off the ball well and delivers a very strong first blow. Hustles in pursuit and plays hard.

Negatives: Legs stop driving after he delivers his initial blow and will lose his power. Tends to get too upright and may be a little stiff. Struggles to redirect and really struggles to get off the block if he does not win with his first move. Does not make enough plays.

Summary: Looks like an All-American at the start of plays, but if you neutralize his first blow he will lose his play strength and much of his playmaking ability.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.