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Chris Vance

WR | (0-0, 180) | Ohio State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College transfer. In 1999, had 43 catches for 688 yards and five touchdowns and 37-598-10 in 2000 at Fort Scott. At OSU, started seven of 12 games in '01 and caught 34-605-4 , including an acrobatic one-handed TD catch vs. Penn State. Also returned 18 punts for 159 yards, but his longest return was just 18 yards. Appeared in 11 games, starting two, as OSU's No. 3 wideout in '02, catching 13-178-3 with a long of 37. Returned one punt five yards and one kick two yards. Did not run at the Combine because of groin injury.

Positives: Natural catcher with top hands and ball skills and is terrific adjusting to the ball. Can make acrobatic one-handed grabs. Has good first-step quickness and sells routes. Shows good awareness and will catch in traffic and block. Wins jump-ball and high points ball. Returns punts. Much better football intelligence than IQ. Great concentration makes him a highlight-film catcher. Quick off the line, deceptive and comes down with almost every jump ball. Will catch over the middle. Very large hands and long arms. Has ability to make the impossible catch.

Negatives: Speed is not special. Lacks deep speed and long burst and is not good after the catch. Not real big and is more tough than physical. Does not have good speed as a returner. Must improve mobility and may struggle vs. the jam and getting separation at the next level. Lacks size and pure speed. Ability to beat the jam and get separation will be the keys at the next level. Does not do a lot after the catch and is not a make-you-miss type of return man.

Summary: More like Cris Carter than Joey Galloway. Smaller, less-talented version of Carter. Possession-type receiver known for acrobatic jump-and-catch receptions who will slip because of his lack of consistency.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.