Drafted: Pick 1 of the 3rd round by Cincinnati
Positives: Explosive breakaway threat with impressive leaping ability... Explodes coming off the line and uses his hands well to escape press coverage...Has an array of moves to elude defenders and shows proper crack-block techniques upfield...Sharp route runner who is especially effective on underneath passes and crossing patterns...Has good field awareness and is very conscious of the sideline markers...Separates quickly from the defender in the open, showing that second gear needed to gain yardage after the catch... Natural hand extender going up for the ball and shows fluid body adjustments coming back for the off-target tosses...Very tough and physical going for the ball in a crowd...His upfield acceleration consistently allows him to break tackles...Gets in the defender's way when trying to block for the ground game.
Negatives: Concentration on the ball needs improvement, as he does not always get his head turned around properly to track the ball in flight...Hesitates at times when he can't escape the press at the line, seeming to give up when his initial move does not work... While he shows quickness in-&-out of his breaks, he will run sloppy routes late in the game (tends to run out of gas)...Rash of injuries (back, knee, head) are a concern.
Sensational athlete who played four years in the Florida Marlins baseball organization before joining the Volunteers in 2001...Was primed for a banner 2002 campaign after emerging as one of the nation's premier deep threats in 2001, but was sidetracked by a rash of injuries...Finished his career with 87 receptions for 1453 yards (16.7 avg) and six touchdowns.
A consensus All-American preseason selection, his season was cut short by knee and head injuries...Only played in four games, but still managed to finish third on the team with 23 receptions for 443 yards (19.3 avg) and a touchdown...Added 10 yards on a reverse and averaged 113.2 all-purpose yards per game.
Wyoming and Middle Tennessee...Missed the first two games of the season with a knee sprain.
Florida...Made his 2002 debut with 7 catches for 102 yards.
Rutgers...Followed with 7 receptions for 197 yards and a 58-yard touchdown.
Arkansas...Gained 112 yards on 6 grabs.
Georgia...Snatched 3 passes for 32 yards and gained 10 yards on a reverse before leaving the game with a concussion...Missed the rest of the season...Underwent neck surgery on November 20.
Named Southeastern Conference Newcomer of the Year by The NFL Draft Report... Fresh-man All-American choice by The Sporting News and Football Writers Association...Semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver...AlI-SEC second-team pick by the league's coaches...Named SEC Freshman of the Year by College Football News...Played in every game, starting vs. Louisiana State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida and Vanderbilt...Became only the fourth player in school history to gain over 1000 yards receiving in a season as he led the team with 64 catches for 1010 yards (15.8 avg) and five touchdowns.
Arkansas...Snared 6 passes for 96 yards.
Louisiana State...Named SEC Player of the Week as he hauled in 11 passes for a school game-record 256 yards and a 70-yard touchdown...His 256 yards broke the previous mark of 225 yards by Johnny Mills vs. Kentucky in 1966.
Georgia...Followed with 9 catches for 108 yards and a 7-yard score.
Alabama...Collected 93 yards on 4 grabs.
South Carolina...Made 5 catches for 89 yards.
Notre Dame...Snared 5 passes for 59 yards.
Kentucky...Caught a pair of passes for 53 yards and a 48-yard score.
Vanderbilt...Snatched 6 passes for 60 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown.
Louisiana State (SEC Championship)...Had 9 receptions for 140 yards and a 31-yard touchdown.
Michigan...Grabbed 6 passes for 70 yards and scores of 6 & 70 yards.
Selected by the Florida Marlins in the tenth round of the June, 1997 professional baseball draft, the No. 306 overall pick...Bats right, throws right...Played four years in the Marlins' organization, three as a shortstop and in 2000 as a third baseman...Had his best year at Kane County in the MID League, playing in 107 games, hitting .275 and knocking in 30 runs...Hit .213 overall in career, with nine home runs and 98 RBIs.
Missed the 2002 Wyoming and Middle Tennessee games with a knee sprain...Sat out the final seven games of the 2002 season. Underwent neck surgery after suffering a concussion in the Georgia clash.
Campus Agility Tests
4.52 in the 40-yard dash...38-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 3/4 9 5/8 14
Attended Sherando (Stephens City, Va.) High...Starred as a quarterback and safety, helping his team to the Virginia 2A championship game as a senior...Passed for 1887 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior and picked off a school-record nine passes on defense...Earned All-State and All-Area honors as a senior...Also served as Sherando's punter, averaging nearly 40 yards per boot...Signed with Hofstra out of high school, but chose to play baseball...Coached by Walter Barr.
Arts and Sciences major...Born James Kelley Washington on 8/21/79...Resides in Stephens City, Virginia.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/G GM/AVG
2001 12 05 64 1010 15.8 5 70 5.33 84.17
2002 04 02 23 443 19.3 1 58 5.75 110.75
TOTAL 16 07 87 1453 16.7 6 70 5.44 90.81
Drafted: Pick 5 of the 3rd round by Dallas
Positives: Well-built athlete with long arms and legs...Has the frame to add needed bulk without any drop-off in quickness...Has a sharp change of direction and shows excellent hip swerve while combating for the ball over the middle...Gets a good push off the defender to escape the jam...Stays low, extends his arms and keeps his feet shuffling when providing pass protection...Very effective in finding the soft spot in the zone, but also uses his body properly to shield the ball from the defender in man coverage...Has natural hands, keeping then properly extended away from the body going up for the ball...Has the quickness to outrun a linebacker after the catch...Very good at adjusting to the low passes and is not afraid to sacrifice his body to get to those balls...Shows good weave in his run and the leg drive to drag a defensive back after the catch... Fluid route runner who maintains balance near the sidelines...Searches out defenders to deliver a crunching block for the ground game upfield.
Negatives: Little bit on the soft side and needs more upper body development...Effective pass blocker, but does not hit on the rise or roll his hips properly for in-line blocking situations...Shows more finesse than power as a blocker and when engaging defenders coming off the snap.
Emerging star who was an invaluable performer as the team's primary target in 2002... Regarded by many as one of the best pass catching tight ends in the game...The former prep linebacker also excelled on the punt and kickoff coverage units...Bypassed his final year of eligibility to test his wares in the pros, finishing his career with 67 receptions for 797 yards (11.7 avg) and seven touchdowns.
All-American Dream Team (top-rated prospect) by The NFL Draft Report...Added fourth-team All-American honors from The Sporting News...All-Southeastern Conference first-team pick by the league's coaches and the Associated Press...Added Academic All-SEC honors...Started every game, leading the conference's tight ends as he set school season-records for most catches and receiving yards by a tight end...Hauled in 39 passes for 493 yards (12.6 avg) and five touchdowns...Fourth on the team with 8 tackles (4 solos) on special teams.
Wyoming...Began the year with 28 yards on 4 catches.
Middle Tennessee...Snared 3 passes for 55 yards and a score...Also made a solo tackle.
Florida...Gained 61 yards on 6 catches and recovered an onside kickoff for no gain.
Rutgers...Followed with a 13-yard scoring grab and a pair of tackles.
Arkansas...Had 3 receptions for 78 yards and a 25-yard touchdown.
Georgia...Added a 5-yard touchdown catch and an assisted tackle.
Alabama...Made 4 catches for 36 yards.
Miami...Had a 28-yard catch, but suffered a rib contusion.
South Carolina...Picked up 72 yards on 6 receptions.
Mississippi State...Scored on a 29-yard catch.
Maryland (Peach Bowl)...Closed out his career with 5 catches for 41 yards.
Played in every game, starting vs. South Carolina and Louisiana State (SEC Championship Game)...Finished third on the team with 28 receptions for 293 yards (10.5 avg) and a pair of touchdowns...Recorded three solo tackles on special teams and recovered an onside kickoff. Arkansas...Made 4 catches for 14 yards.
Georgia...Added 21 yards on 3 grabs.
Alabama...Had 7 receptions for 91 yards and a 21-yard touchdown.
Memphis...Added another touchdown on a 17-yard catch.
Vanderbilt...Caught 2 passes for 38 yards.
Louisiana State (SEC Championship)...Collected 40 yards on 3 catches.
Michigan (Citrus Bowl)...Grabbed 6 passes for a career-high 125 yards and a 64-yard touchdown.
Because of the personnel shortage at tight end, he was given crash course at that position and installed in lineup behind John Finlayson...Also a capable defensive end, he played a key role on kick coverage...His lone pass catch was for 11 yards vs. Louisiana-Monroe, a game in which he also had three tackle assists...For the season he had 8 tackles (5 solos).
Underwent minor surgery on both elbows after the conclusion of 2001 spring drills... Suffered a rib contusion in the 2002 Miami game.
Campus Agility Tests
4.72 in the 40-yard dash...380-pound bench press...33-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
32 1/2 9 7/8 19 25 31
Attended Elizabethton (Tenn.) High...Named All-American by Prep Star, Parade, Gridiron Greats, USA Today, Blue Chip Illustrated, Street & Smith...Named USA Today Player of the Year for Tennessee...Listed as the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee by the Knoxville News-Sentinel and the Chattanooga Times & Free Press...Named East Tennessee Player of the Year, Region Defensive Player of the Year and runner-up for the Mr. Football award during his senior season...Racked up 163 tackles, nine sacks, 27 tackles for loss...Also registered eight deflected passes, two interceptions, two blocked kicks, five caused fumbles and recovered three fumbles his senior season...Holds the school record for most career tackles with 450...Also played tight end, catching 26 passes for 345 yards and 14 touch-downs...Four-year starter at linebacker and tight end, leading the team to the state semi-finals three times...Named to the Class 4A All-State team his senior and junior years...Also played basketball, averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds per game...Coached by Dave Rider.
Arts and Sciences major...Born Christopher Jason Witten on 5/06/82...Resides in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2000 11 02 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.09 1.00
2001 12 02 28 293 10.5 2 31 2.33 24.42
2002 13 13 39 493 12.6 5 48 3.00 37.92
TOTAL 36 17 68 797 11.7 7 48 1.89 22.14
KICKOFF RETURNS SPECIAL TEAM TACKLES
YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG TK SO AS FR FC
2000 8 5 3 0 0
2001 1 0 0.0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
2002 1 0 0.0 0 0 8 4 4 0 0
TOTAL 2 0 0.0 0 0 19 12 7 0 0
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