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Nate Burleson

WR | (0-0, 197) | Nevada
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Well-schooled receiver whose father played in the CFL. Partial qualifier in 1999. Started every game in 2000 and caught 57 passes for 921 yards and eight touchdowns, with a long of 80 yards. Missed two-plus games after dislocating his shoulder vs. Louisiana Tech in '01. However, in nine starts, he caught 53-737-2 with a long reception of 91 yards. Caught 138-1,629-12 with a long of 95 and ran 22-120-1 in 12 games in '02. Was a Biletnikoff finalist, a first-team American Football Coaches Association All-American and first-team All-Western Athletic Conference.

Positives: Good athlete who runs very good, sharp routes, is quick into and out of his breaks and knows how to drop his weight. Motions are quick and smooth. Good technique. Above-average to good hands. Knows how to get open and makes things happen. Has good character and is a leader. Superproductive. Adequate size. Decent route-runner. Excellent leaper with a 42½-inch vertical.

Negatives: More quick than fast. Is an inconsistent receiver downfield. Likes to catch on his knees and uses his body too much. There is some wasted movement in his routes. Lacks bulk. Pass-friendly offensive system helped pad his statistics. Lacks burning speed.

Summary: Will have a hard time converting his college production to the pro level. Could be greatly helped by a strong speed showing.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.