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Postby DUKE » Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:45 am

I remember reading about this kid while looking at safety prospects leading up to the draft. I'm very suprised he wasn't drafted.

Patrick Body
Position: Free Safety
College: Toledo
Height: 6-1
Weight: 201
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

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OVERVIEW
Body is one of the fastest athletes in college football, boasting a 4.25 clocking in the 40-yard dash. The three-year starter at free safety began his collegiate career as a weakside outside linebacker, but the coaches felt his speed and range were more suited for the secondary.

Body was a standout defensive back and receiver at Scheley High School. He had 27 receptions for 757 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, leading the team to its first City League championship in 49 years. As a free safety, he had 11 interceptions, three of which he ran back for touchdowns and also returned two kickoffs for scores. He was named first-team All-City League and chosen to the All-City Academic team. He also caught 18 balls for 414 yards and had seven interceptions on defense as a junior.

Body was a reserve weakside outside linebacker as a true freshman at Toledo in 2001. He recorded nine tackles that year and gained 42 yards on three kickoff returns. The speedy defender started the first six games of the 2002 campaign at weakside linebacker

Before moving to free safety, he ranked fourth on the team with 83 tackles (45 solos), a sack, five stops for losses, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and three pass breakups.

Body started every game at free safety in 2003. He finished third on the squad with 76 tackles (52 solos). He caused three fumbles, batted away four passes and had three interceptions that year. Body then earned All-Mid American Conference first team honors in 2004. He led the team with a career-high 113 tackles (62 solos), adding a sack, 6½ stops behind the line of scrimmage, four forced fumbles, five pass breakups and two interceptions. He also caught a 46-yard pass on a fake punt.

In 48 games with the Rockets, Body started 38 times. He recorded 281 tackles (164 solos) with two sacks for minus-11 yards and 15½ stops for losses of 43 yards. He caused 10 fumbles and recovered one. Body gained 106 yards on seven interception returns and deflected 12 passes. He totaled 64 yards on four kickoff returns (16.0 avg.) and rushed four times for 75 yards. He also had one reception for a 46-yard gain.


ANALYSIS
Positives: Has a tall, slender frame with defined muscle tone in the chest and arms … Has outstanding straight-line speed, range and change-of-direction agility … Center-field type that excels playing the deep zone … Quick to step up vs. plays in front of him and is known for making cross field tackles … Good program player who works hard in the weight room and practices … Has the leaping ability to get to the ball at its highest point … Could also bring some value on offense as a receiver or ball carrier due to his quickness and experience there … Shows good explosion behind his tackles and, in 2004, showed marked improvement staying low in his pads and playing closer to the line to initiate, wrap and secure ball carriers … Takes good angles in pursuit and has the burst to chase down plays, whether playing deep or shallow … Has an effortless running style with an explosive closing burst … Shows a good feel for the crease while playing offense … Has learned the proper technique of positioning himself and lowering his shoulders to drive the opponent back … As a possible returner, he displays the burst to make the initial tacklers miss and the speed to easily break it into the open.

Negatives: While he's a physical tackler, he seems to have trouble anticipating the ball while staying tight with the receiver … Lacks deep coverage instincts and could be more suited for zone work at free safety, even though his speed would be beneficial as a cornerback … Slow to read and react to plays at times, especially when he plays too deep in the zone … Shows some hip tightness in his backpedal and looks awkward through transition … Lacks natural hands for the interception … Willing in run support, but spends too much time inspecting the action rather than initiating it when working inside the box.


INJURY REPORT
2002 -- Suffered from pharyngitis (defined as an infection or irritation of the pharynxand/or tonsils -- the etiology is usually infectious) in late September and was sick for two weeks, but did not miss any games.

2003 -- Sat out the Syracuse game after he hyper-extended the first toe on his right foot in the first quarter vs. Pittsburgh (Sept. 20).

2004 -- Left the Motor City Bowl vs. Connecticut in the second half when he broke a bone in his right arm.


AGILITY
Campus: 4.26 in the 40-yard dash … 325-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times … 790-pound leg press … Leg pressed 450 pounds 20 times … 4.1 20-yard shuttle … 11.76 60-yard shuttle … 7.05 three-cone drill … 42½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-4 broad jump … 32¼-inch arm length … 8¾-inch hands … Right-handed.e]
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Postby DUKE » Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:47 am

This is from The Huddles Report about him:

Strengths

Patrick has very good size, strength and burst for his position. He is a good tackler and shows good leadership qualities. He is very good in a two deep zone defense. He does well when he’s brought up close to the line to help stop the run. At this point, he doesn’t show good man-to-man cover skills because of the system he plays in; however, something tells me with his athletic abilities and mental toughness along with good instincts, that this is not going to be a big problem.


Needs to Improve

Patrick’s cover skills and quality of opponents are the biggest question marks right now. He shows good mental toughness, but at the next level, it could be a different case.




Bottom Line

To be honest, Patrick reminds me of Rodney Harrison, but I’m just not sure he is as tough as Rodney. If he answers that question positively, then someone is going to get themselves a hell of a safety. Let me be the first to tell you I think he’s got it and the reason for him to be under the radar right now is because he broke his arm this year and hasn’t been on the field much. In fact, I have very little tape on this kid so I’m out on a limb with this profile. However, the tape I have and his numbers at his pro day make me think this kid is the real deal. On tape, the system Toledo uses keeps everything in front of him, but he is directing players and making plays sideline to sideline. He’s showing good instincts and play recognition. I feel he has first day talent that will be a second day pick because of the quality of his opponents and there is not much tape on him this year.
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Postby pdub » Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:49 am

very cool.

i was worried when we didn't draft a safety. i'm stoked on this draft. WHO DEY.
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Postby Flux » Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:38 am

very nice ;-D

I was very pleased w/ our draft, I didnt feel like we reached at all, and I thought we got really good value w/ Pollack falling to us, as well as Thurman.


I actually think the drafting of 2 WRs could mean the end of Warrick though....
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Postby DUKE » Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:21 pm

Flux wrote:very nice ;-D

I was very pleased w/ our draft, I didnt feel like we reached at all, and I thought we got really good value w/ Pollack falling to us, as well as Thurman.


I actually think the drafting of 2 WRs could mean the end of Warrick though....
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I agree. It looks like Warrick and Hardy are both history. I like both Wr's we grabbed.
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Postby pdub » Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:23 pm

Flux wrote:I actually think the drafting of 2 WRs could mean the end of Warrick though....


i saw a quote from the official site from coach lewis that said, "peter will write his own script", which seems to indicate he will be back if he's up to it.

we carried 6 wrs last year, so i bet walter and russell might be feeling the heat a bit more than warrick. but perhaps thats wishful thinking; i just don't want to change my username...
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Postby DUKE » Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:48 pm

pdub wrote: perhaps thats wishful thinking; i just don't want to change my username...


Haha...that would suck man. I have a Warrick Jersey that I'm starting to wonder about :-D .......I like Warrick and would love to see him stay in the fold if he's healthy enough for it.
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Postby chaindog35 » Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:23 pm

i wonder why we didn't try to sign shazor from michigan. I thought he was supposed to be a 2nd rd pick
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Postby pdub » Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:26 pm

chaindog35 wrote:i wonder why we didn't try to sign shazor from michigan. I thought he was supposed to be a 2nd rd pick


there has to be something else to this guy that we don't know about. EVERYBODY passed on this guy for some reason...
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Postby DUKE » Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:31 pm

chaindog35 wrote:i wonder why we didn't try to sign shazor from michigan. I thought he was supposed to be a 2nd rd pick


From the 3rd round on, I kept expecting to see Shazor taken....very strange...I know he only ran a 4.7 40, and that he seemed to get get worse, not better as last season unfolded...still, I was very suprised to see him go totally undrafted. As far as I know, he still hasn't been picked up. We've picked up a few other guys along with this Body kid, but Body clearly seems to have the most upside. Another interesting one is a tackle from K State who apparently set school bench press records, along with incline bench records. I think he benched like 660 lbs or something. His negatives are that he can't seem to stay healthy. Who knows, maybe we still may pick up Shazor via FA.
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