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Steve Farmer

TE | (0-0, 250) | Tennessee State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played basketball at Illinois-Chicago in 1998. Went to Joliet (Ill.) Junior College in '99 and joined the football team as a wide receiver. Moved to tight end in 2000. Transferred and became the starting tight end at Tennessee State in '01, catching 24 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns. Did not take part in spring practice in '02 because of academics. Won second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in '02, when he caught 13-191-0. Also blocked two field-goal attempts and one extra-point attempt.

Positives: Good athletic ability, balance and body control. Is fluid and can track and locate the ball. Has good size, is well-built and has a "V" body. Has good hand-eye coordination and can adjust to the ball. Has soft hands and catches the ball well. Has deceptive, gliding-type speed to get behind the defense. Can lock on and keep feet as a blocker.

Negatives: Needs reps. Marginal in-line blocker who can be overpowered. More fluid than quick-twitch or sudden. Lacks pop, lower-body explosion and power as a run blocker, but gets OK position and cannot sustain a block in space. Gathers before he cuts. Has a high release, gets rerouted and can be jammed. Has many technique-related flaws. Not very aggressive and average in a crowd. Very raw.

Summary: Could compete for a roster spot in the right situation because of his athleticism.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.