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Sherko Haji-rasouli

OG | (0-0, 325) | Miami
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted after coming to Miami in 1998 while recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Played on second unit in '99 and 2000 after he recovered from a knee scope in August. Started the first seven games in '01 before injuring his knee in practice in early November. Had surgery and missed spring ball in '02. Returned to the field in time for the season and started at left guard. All-Big East pick by league's coaches. Recorded 38 pancake blocks (flattening an opponent) and 12 metrorails (driving an opponent out of the play by holding a block four-plus seconds) in the regular season.

Positives: Big, smart, position-type blocker who can bend his knees and play pretty low. Aware and usually makes good decisions. Generally stays on his feet and works to finish blocks. Gets good position and angles by using his body.

Negatives: At times seems to have a balance problem and lacks lower-body strength and explosion. Gets too much of his weight forward and plays top-heavy. Durability is a huge concern, and the fact he never played big-time football before coming to Miami (Fla.) also makes his lack of experience a concern, though he held up vs. a top schedule in '01 and '02.

Summary: Has potential but will probably never be more than a backup because of his speed and strength deficiencies. May be worth considering with a late-round pick.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.