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    Rashad Baker
    Position: Free Safety/Punt Returner
    College: Tennessee
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 204
    Hometown: Camden, N.J.

    Analysis | Agility | High School | Personal

    OVERVIEW

    Team captain with a knack for making big plays in big games … Recruited as a wide receiver, he was shifted to free safety in 2000 fall camp, proceeding to start 41 of 45 games during his career … Recorded 233 tackles (174 solos) with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 22 pass deflections … His 11 interceptions rank 11th on the school's career-record list … Also excelled on special teams, returning 62 punts for 544 yards (8.8 avg.).

    ANALYSIS

    Positives: Has good thickness and muscle tone throughout his frame, possessing wide shoulders, thin waist and high calves … Plays with good field vision, showing the speed in his backpedal and balance in his turns to break on the ball … Has the range to cover ground quickly and displays the leaping ability to make plays on the ball in the air … Has natural hands and good concentration to make the interception.

    Negatives: Not effective in man coverage, as he spends too much time peeking into the backfield, causing him to get beaten by the receivers coming off the line … Seems to lack the desire to support vs. the run, as he's hesitant to step up and would rather wait for the play to come to him than initiate contact … More of a drag-down tackler who will throw himself at ball carriers rather that wrapping and securing … Handled punt return duties the last three years, but is not recommended to have him do this at the next level.

    AGILITY TESTS

    4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 21 times … 470-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 36-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-9 broad jump … 4.15 20-yard shuttle … 30 5/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands.

    HIGH SCHOOL

    Attended Woodrow Wilson (Camden, N.J.) High, playing football for coach Steve Murray … Named to the all-state, all-region and all-group teams during his senior season … As a senior, he caught 37 passes for 730 yards … Best game was 12 catches for 144 yards vs. Deptford High … Set school career receiving yards record with more than 1,800 yards … Outstanding track athlete who competed in the 100-meter high hurdles (13.8) and the 100-meter dash (10.7) … Member of the nationally-ranked shuttle hurdle relay team with a mark of 56.8, which was .3 off of the national high school record.

    PERSONAL

    Broadcasting major … Born Rashad Steward Baker on Feb. 22, 1982 … Resides in Camden, N.J.

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