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Chris Kelsay

DE | (6-4, 273, 4.72) | Nebraska
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school linebacker, weight man and basketball player. Played in 11 games and started once in 1999. Started seven games in 2000 and every game in '01. Had 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and half a sack in 1999; 29-2-1½ in 2000; and 52-17-5 in '01. Had shoulder surgery following the '01 season and missed '02 spring practice. Missed five games with a torn hamstring but started every other game and recorded 38-13-7. Was a 2002 National Scholar Athlete who had a 3.7 GPA in finance. A team captain, made All-Big 12 honorable mention, even though he missed several games. Was impressive in week of practice at the Senior Bowl before a strong showing at the Scouting Combine.

Positives: Has good but not great quickness and quick-twitch off the ball. Is quick with his hands and reacts well to blocks, plays with leverage and uses his hands to gain position. Is very intense and competitive on the field, in the classroom and in the weight room. Refuses to stay blocked. Has a good array of pass-rush moves, including club, swim and counter. Has the closing burst and acceleration once he gets into the backfield. Character and intelligence are plusses. Has a 361-inch vertical. Is a worker and competitor in the Grant Wistrom mold and has improved every season. Added nearly 20 pounds between spring '02 and Scouting Combine.

Negatives: Lacks size and will get engulfed by bigger offensive tackles. Relies heavily on his speed. Is not as agile as teams want in a speed-rushing defensive end. Has a recent injury history. Is strong but must get much stronger.

Summary: Though his ability to play the run has improved, Kelsay doesn't show the ability to consistently beat superior competition. His lunch-pail approach makes him a top prospect, but he may not be drafted until the second round because of his measurables.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.