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Akbar Gbaja-biamila

DL | (0-0, 278) | San Diego State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Last name is pronounced (bahja-BEE-ah-MIL-lah). Younger brother of Packers rush specialist Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Sixth-year senior who saw no action in 1997 and limited duty in '98. First real action came in '99, when he started twice and had 14 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. Started the 2000 opener but missed the rest of the year after suffering a partially torn Achilles' tendon in a mountain-biking accident. Started 10-of-11 games at defensive tackle and had 29-8-5 and stood out in the East-West Shrine Game in '01, recording a pair of sacks. In '02, he played mostly defensive end in the 4-3. Named All-Mountain West honorable mention when he played in 13 games, made 45 tackles, five sacks and had one hurry.

Positives: Great size, speed and weight-room numbers with a 395-pound bench press.

Negatives: Average motor, not sudden and lacks football intelligence. Needs more experience. Plays to the speed, does not have good play strength, quick-twitch muscle fiber or center of gravity. Gets lost inside. Plays too upright. Gets high in his stance and has trouble vs. the run at the point of attack. Holds and stacks. Needs reps. Lacks explosiveness and instincts. Slow to shed and has a slow takeoff. On-and-off player who lacks consistency. Does not play with good leverage or agility.

Summary: Gbaja-Biamila is very raw but has a lot of upside. Akbar is bigger than his brother but not nearly as quick, explosive, instinctive or reactive. He lacks Kabeer's quick-twitch movements, plays too upright, loses leverage and is slow to shed blocks.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.