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Thomas Tapeh

FB | (6-0, 231, 4.85) | Minnesota
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Grew up playing soccer in Liberia and moved to the United States in 1989. Did not play football in '99 and played seven games before injuring his foot in 2000. Carried the ball 81 times for 344 yards and two touchdowns in 2000, when he also caught three passes for 36 yards and one touchdown and threw a 64-yard TD pass. Also had a 32-carry, 183-yard game against Baylor. Started three of 10 games at fullback in '01, rushing 29-138-3 and catching 1-4-0. Started two of 12 games last season and ran 163-806-7 and caught 4-70-2.

Positives: Is a good athlete who has played fullback and running back. Sees himself as a running back and is strong when he runs with his pads at a good level. Is well-built and lives in the weight room. Had a body-fat percentage of six percent as a senior.

Negatives: Lacks elusive speed and can't make people miss in the open field. Is not a good blocker and hasn't learned to fine tune his route-running. Is rarely thrown to and struggles to play with any kind of injury.

Summary: Only chance is as a fullback, but he will have to improve his blocking and receiving skills.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.