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Gene Mruczkowski

C | (0-0, 297) | Purdue
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1998. Started every game at left offensive guard in '99 and 2000 and every game at center in '01. Academic All-Big Ten each of his first three years. Team captain last season, when started 12-of-13 games.

Positives: As a left guard, he showed flashes vs. former Wisconsin and current Cardinals DT Wendell Bryant in 2000. Good quickness, agility and balance. Hard worker with high character. Smart with a 3.77 GPA. Quick off the ball and sets quick. Good explosion and positioning. Sustains blocks. Does a good job of using his hands. Has quick feet in a small area. Short, lateral slide. Plays hard. Flashes nastiness. Good short-snapping out of the shotgun. Top weight-room numbers, and at times, flashes power and dominance. Very smart and can learn multiple positions. Understands angles, hand placement and positioning.

Negatives: Not a natural knee-bender and doesn't sink his hips or drop weight naturally. Looks awkward running. Struggles to get fits on the second level. Thick lower body and a little top heavy. Struggles with man over him. Not nasty or a great finisher. Average change of direction. Waist-bender and a little heavy-footed. Not a leader. Doesn't deep-snap. On the short side. Does not play with good leverage.

Summary: Versatile interior lineman who could develop into a solid NFL player and should be a second-day pick.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.