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Cie Grant

LB | (6-0, 228, 4.55) | Ohio State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1998. Played in every game in '99 with most of his action coming on special teams and a little at safety. Moved to outside linebacker in 2000 and played in Games 3-12 as a backup. Shocked everyone by shifting to cornerback in '01 and starting 10-of-12 games. Had six tackles in 1999; 13 in 2000; and 56 tackles, five passes broken up and three interceptions in '01. Finished as the runner-up to former Wisconsin WR Chris Chambers in the 200 meters at the Big Ten meet. Moved back to outside linebacker in '02. Started all 13 games, making 71 tackles with 50 solos and 21 assists, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception for 23 yards and one forced fumble. Fine all-around athlete who has not found a position. Was probably better suited to be a strong safety, but Ohio State had an All-American, Mike Doss, at that spot and a very good free safety, Donnie Nickey.

Positives: Runs and hits and flies all over the field. Has good size and speed for a defensive back. Durable and versatile with the ability to play safety, cornerback and outside linebacker. Good character with enthusiastic personality who knows how to compete. Hard worker who learned new positions. Good quickness, agility and balance and responds well to coaching. Strength is as a blitzer.

Negatives: Very average hands and ball skills. Late reacting. Avoids mistakes, but not instinctive or intelligent. Lacks awareness. Questionable mental capacity. Straight-line player who shows hesitation. Slow in reading, reacting and locating the ball, which may stem partially from his lack of size. Size and position skills are questionable for a linebacker.

Summary: Developmental-type who has great speed and will excel in a simple scheme.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.