RB | (6-0, 220, 4.63) | Nebraska
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: Native of Ontario, Canada, where he competed in football, track, rugby and wrestling in high school. Redshirted in 1998. Carried 57 times for 303 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 16 yards in 12 games as a backup in '99. Numbers dropped to 33-212-3 rushing and 1-12 receiving in 11 games in 2000. Was suspended for the opener in '01 and then started from the second game on and carried 233-1,299-15. Only catch was for a five-yard loss. Led the Big 12 in rushing and was an Associated Press All-Big 12 pick and coaches' second-team choice. Rushed 166-839-6 and caught 4-19 in '02. Positives: A strong, powerful inside runner who can break tackles and finish his runs. Generally runs behind his pads and falls forward. Has a pretty good short burst, balance and agility. Will block and can take the big hit. Very good student who graduated in December.Negatives: Average instincts and vision. Gathers to cut, isn't elusive and lacks big-play speed. He does not catch well and will fumble. Struggles to handle pitches. Is inexperienced as a blocker and does not block well. Lacks upper-body strength.Summary: Will get a chance but he's not for everybody because of all the questions surrounding his receiving skills. However, Correll Buckhalter and Ahman Green graduated from the same triple-option offense, and both play in West Coast systems. The difference is Diedrick lacks pure speed. * Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.