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Michael Nattiel

LB | (0-0, 228) | Florida
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Nephew of former Florida WR Ricky Nattiel, a late first-round pick of the Broncos in 1986. Played in every game the past three years. Started one game in '99, seven in 2000, eight in '01 and every game in '02. Had 35 stops in 1999; missed all of spring drills after undergoing shoulder surgery in January, then had 61 stops and two picks in 2000. Collected 66 tackles, six passes broken up and an interception in '01; and 136-6-0 in '02, when he played on the strong side.

Positives: Very tough and competitive player who likes to fly around and play football. Quick, active and very aggressive. Has sideline-to-sideline range vs. the run and a special-teams personality.

Negatives: Lacks size and bulk strength. Must be freed up and not playing head up over a blocker, because he lacks the size and strength to take on a big man. Goes so hard he is not always under control and will overrun plays and miss tackles because he can't break down and tackle low when he is going so hard. Is just average in coverage. Has some hesitation in his play.

Summary: Active, aggressive, undersized 'backer who is limited by his size but could make it as a backup and special-teams player and eventually earn a chance to compete as a regular.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.