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Jake Sprague

DL | (0-0, 274) | Wisconsin
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Lettered in 1998, with his only start coming in the Rose Bowl. Started twice at defensive end and was a top backup in other games in '99. Top backup when healthy in 2000, but he missed two games with a sprained ankle. Injured his knee in fall camp in '01 and had to redshirt. Started every game in '02 at left defensive end and had 62 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six sacks. Left lateral collateral ligament and meniscus injuries prevented his Combine workout.

Positives: A tremendous weight-room worker, Sprague has improved his speed an unbelievable amount, if the team's spring '02 timing-day figures are accurate. Was clocked in the 5.2 area in '01, ran some sub-4.8s in '02 and played like a 4.8 guy at times. Showed some edge pass-rush ability vs. Fresno State in the '02 opener and had a decent year in terms of sacks. He also has excellent weight-room numbers in many lifts.

Negatives: His injury problems and the experience factor are concerns.

Summary: If he can add a little weight, Sprague could become a rush-type defensive tackle in the right system, but his style won't suit every team. He's too slow and small for defensive end. The bottom line is whether he can translate great weight-room numbers to the field.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.