Drafted: Pick 12 of the 3rd round by Carolina
Positives: Well-built with a lineman's frame...Runs with ease, showing a good burst and above average body control and balance...Shows a strong desire and determination as a blocker, especially when working in space...Glides off the line and works to top speed to gain quickness out of his breaks...Does a nice job of route execution, displaying a good feel for his patterns...Shows courage and concentration going for the ball in traffic...Makes proper body adjustments to get to the ball in flight, displaying natural hands to guide the pigskin into his frame...Could be very effective as a "move" tight end due to his ability to run and block in space...Has the foot quickness to separate from linebackers working the short area...Can also play on the kickoff and punt coverage units.
Negatives: Needs to increase his strength, as he can be redirected and jammed by the more physical defenders in attempts to get off the line...Does not show the acceleration needed to perform on long routes (lacks separation and burst ability in the open)...Has courage going for the ball in traffic, but does not show the leaping ability to combat defenders for the ball at its high point...Lacks the leg drive to gain extra yardage after the catch...While he is a willing blocker, he does not have the strength to face up, explode with his legs and sustain in his blocks (stands too upright in his stance to be effective with his incline blocking technique).
Talented player who developed into one of the top tight ends in the nation...His size, skill and athleticism enable him to excel at the position, as he consistently gets open over the middle...Finished his career with 60 receptions for 989 yards (16.5 avg) and seven touchdowns in 46 games.
All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice...Selected one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, symbolic of the nation's best tight end...Offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player...Also one of five recipients of UCLA's Team Captain Award...On the year, he ranked second on the team with 41 receptions, was third with 631 yards (15.4 avg) and was second with five receiving touchdowns...His 631 yards were the most by a Pac-10 tight end while his 41 receptions were tied for second in 2002...His average yardage per game (52.6 yards) was second nationally among tight ends entering the bowl season...His 631 yards set UCLA's tight end single-season yardage record list (since 1965), moving past Paul Bergmann's 577 yards in 1982...His 41 catches are three behind Bergmann's 44 grabs (1983) for most by a Bruins tight end in a season.
Colorado State...Snared 3 passes for 40 yards...His 23-yard second-quarter reception on third-and-two preceded Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run...Also recovered an onside kick.
Oklahoma State...On third-and-11, he hooked up with Cory Paus on a 27-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 24-10 lead with 2:28 remaining in the first half.
San Diego State...Hauled in 6 passes for 134 yards and broke three tackles on a 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown.
Oregon State...Followed with 8 receptions for 138 yards and a 24-yard score...Seven of his grabs resulted in first downs...His eight catches rank second on the school's game-record list for tight ends, topped only by Bryon Nelson's 10 catches vs. Washington in 1963.
Stanford...Added a 22-yard touchdown catch.
Washington...Made 5 catches for 96 yards, including a 42-yarder that set up a third quarter field goal.
Washington State...Grabbed 4 passes for 68 yards and a score.
New Mexico (Las Vegas Bowl)...Started, but did not have any receptions.
Played in every game, starting vs. Washington...Finished with 11 receptions for 250 yards (22.7 avg) and a touchdown.
Ohio State...Made a pair of catches for 39 yards.
California...Had another 2 grabs for 59 yards, including a 40-yarder that set up a score.
Stanford...Snatched 3 passes for 52 yards and a 23-yard touchdown.
Washington State...Followed with a season-high 47-yard reception.
Wisconsin (Sun Bowl)...Gained 33 yards on 2 catches.
Played in every game as a reserve tight end, finishing with six catches for 80 yards (13.3 avg) and a touchdown.
Stanford...Scored his first career touchdown on a 22-yard grab.
Wisconsin (Sun Bowl)...Added 33 yards on a pair of catches.
Played in every game, except vs. Oregon State, as a reserve tight end...Caught two passes for 28 yards (14.0 avg) as a true freshman...Had a season-long 20-yarder vs. Arizona.
No injuries reported.
Campus Agility Tests
4.9 in the 40-yard dash...32-inch arm length...9 1/2-inch hands...22/26 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
33 1/8 9 3/4 26 20
Lettered three years in football for coach Jim Benkert at Westlake Cal.) High...USA Today and Parade first-team All-American...Rated the No. 14 player in the nation by The Sporting News...Rated the No. 25 player in the nation by Tom Lemming and the the No. 15 player in the nation by the Cornwell 100...Member of Prep Star Dream Team...Rated the No. 2 tight end in the nation and No. 1 in the Western Region by Prep Star...Super 30 All-Western selection by Prep Star...Rated No. 1 (tied) among tight ends by the National Recruiting Advisor...Rated nation's No. 11 player and No. 3 receiver (No. 2 tight end) by Bobby Burton/ESPN.com...Super Prep ranked him the nation's No. 2 tight end and the No. 5 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region...Member of Dallas Morning News National 100, CBS SportsLine/Prep Star Top 100, Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100, Orange County Register Fab 15, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with a perfect 10 votes, first-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports, member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, named first-team All-CIF Southern Section, selected All-CIF Division IV, L.A. Times Valley Lineman of the Year and All-Valley...As a senior, he made 54 catchesfor 806 yards and six touchdowns...Earned all-county and all-league honors...Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game...As a junior, he earned all-state, all-CIF and all-league acclaim...Accounted for 51 catches for 728 yards and two scores as a junior...Also lettered three years in track for coach Larry Stonebreaker and one year in basketball for coach Gary Grayson.
Sociology major...Son of Debra and Gary Seidman...Born Michael H. Seidman on 2/11/81 in Westlake, California.
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