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Brandon Lloyd

WR | (0-0, 184) | Illinois
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Fourth-year junior who gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. College high-jumper and high-hurdler who has placed in the Big Ten meet in both the long jump and 60-meter high hurdles in the past (third as a freshman in spring 2000). Started seven-of-12 games as a true freshman in 1999, catching 30 passes for 511 yards and two touchdowns, and returning 11 kickoffs for 194 yards and five punts for 65 yards. Redshirted in 2000 after breaking his left leg in a freakish accident where he caught his foot between the curb and a parking block. Came back in '01 to catch 60-1,006-8 during the regular season and 5-56-2 in the Sugar Bowl. Caught 65-1,010-9 in '02. Was named Second-Team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press.

Positives: Excellent athlete who is learning to shorten stride and get into and out of breaks better. More quick than fast but wants to be a go-to guy. Body control is phenomenal. Has very good hands and is an all-around playmaker. Makes the acrobatic catch and can really sky for the ball. Consistent. Catches nearly everything thrown his way. Great natural athlete who works hard.

Negatives: Not a burner but can get downfield. Will still take long strides and needs route refinement. Doesn't always accelerate after the catch and has trouble breaking tackles. Needs to improve overall strength. Arrogance rubs some people the wrong way.

Summary: Did not show the speed at the Combine to warrant a first-round pick, but Lloyd has the talent to be a steady No. 2 receiver in the NFL who would be best-suited opposite a burner.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.