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Antwan Peek

LB | (6-2, 246, 4.62) | Cincinnati
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Recruited as a wide receiver and moved to defensive back in 1998, when he had five tackles. Separated his shoulder in '99 opener and redshirted. Started at rush end the past three years but was suspended for one game in 2001 for receiving improper benefits. Had 37 stops, including 13 for loss, and 81 sacks in 2000. Also picked off one pass, broke up six passes and blocked two field goals. All-Conference USA in '01, when he had 60-22-12½ and blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. Repeated as an All-Conference player in '02, when he had 90-22-6, caused seven fumbles and recovered five. Has weight up from 230 pounds to about 250. Showed great speed in pre-draft workouts but he is not as strong as some teams would like.

Positives: Good athlete and competitor known for his toughness and work ethic. Football is important to this player, and he has overcome a lot in his life despite a difficult home situation. A fine pass rusher and big-play maker who has good explosion and pop. Has explosive quickness off the ball and a burst to the quarterback. Plays all out and pursues all over the field. Has a knack for blocking kicks and has very good timing, balance and body control. Has a 37-inch vertical.

Negatives: Undersized defensive end who can get engulfed and buried by bigger tackles. Lacks experience at linebacker and may not have the feel for the position needed at 4-3 linebacker. Will get too emotional at times and let his temper get the best of him, leading to penalties.

Summary: Best fit would be as a pass-rushing end in a 3-4 defense, but he does have some situational rush skills. After his Combine workout, some teams may consider him at defensive end in a 4-3 because he displayed the quickness to play the run. Not the player his idol Lawrence Taylor was, but shows similar burst and acceleration off the edge.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.