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Dallas Clark

TE | (0-0, 257) | Iowa
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played quarterback and linebacker in high school, when he earned all-state honors. Walked on Iowa football team in 1998 and redshirted as a linebacker. In '99, was an outside linebacker and return specialist playing at 200 pounds. Recorded six tackles and two tackles for loss before having an emergency appendectomy and missing the second half of the season. Played linebacker but mainly special teams in 2000. In '01, moved to tight end and started 10-of-12 games, playing little in two non-starts (Wisconsin, Northwestern) due to injury. Caught 34 passes for 509 yards and four touchdowns. Started all 13 games in '02, when he caught 43-742-4 (including a 95-yard TD catch vs. Purdue), and won the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. Was also named first-team All-Big Ten and AFCA All-American. Decided to enter the NFL draft after his junior season.

Positives: A top competitor with high character. Has very good speed for a tight end and uses high athleticism to his advantage. Has good hands and can make the tough catch. Marv Cook-type. Will position himself between ball and defender and wall off the safety or linebacker consistently. Body control makes him look like a wide receiver at times. Has huge upside and star potential.

Negatives: Relatively new to the position, having moved to tight end in 2001. Doesn't have a great base as a blocker and lacks natural size. Is a liability as a blocker at times, but admits the weakness and is dedicated to improve in that area.

Summary: Should be one of the first tight ends drafted and will improve as he gains experience. Clark isn't as brash or athletic, but he has some of Jeremy Shockey's characteristics as a player, and could be to a team what Jay Novacek was to the Cowboys.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.