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Old 02-28-2008, 02:34 PM   #13
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The Cincinnati Bengals select Derrick Harvey, Defensive End, Florida.

Ht. 6'-5", Wt. 271 lbs.
Wingspan: 82"
Bench: 31 reps

Harvey surprised many when he decided not to enter the 2007 NFL draft. He led the Gators with 11 sacks -- the fifth-highest single-season total in school history -- and capped the season off with a three-sack effort in Florida's rout of Ohio State in the BCS national championship game. He also had another tackle and recovered a fumble against the Buckeyes to earn defensive MVP honors. He was projected as a first-round pick by some analysts.

Harvey, however, felt he needed another season to develop -- he didn't begin playing football until his junior year of high school -- and started an extensive offseason training program that paid dividends this past season. He overcame being the focus of opposing offensive lines to amass 49 tackles -- 31 solo -- with 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, which were both team-best totals.

Harvey is simply a beast as a pass rusher, with his speed equal to his strength. He is known for getting great jumps off the ball and his technique is exceptional. He puts the heat on offensive linemen and virtually demands to be double-teamed. While his ability to get in the backfield draws the most raves, he's also solid against the run. Opponents lost 28 yards on 47 running plays to his side last season. The 82-inch wingspan rarely allows escapes for opposing ball carriers and quarterbacks.

An AFC East scout, who asked not to be identified because of his team's media policy, said Harvey "is a much better player" than former Gator Jarvis Moss.
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