Introducing Antonio Garay

The Browns final draft pick could be a bargain

The Browns are clearly hoping to have gotten a bargain by drafting Antonio Garay in the sixth round of the 2003 draft.

The Boston College defensive lineman has been touted as a player early round skills, but was available late due a string of injuries which have derailed each of his seasons while at Boston College.

Garay has suffered from maladies such as torn ACL and a pinched nerve. His senior season at Boston College was stopped cold when he fractured his left ankle in the fifth game of the season. Prior to that, Garay was living up to the monster season expected of him, averaging seven tackles and a sack per game.

While Garay's fragility in college is his downside, his strengths are many. He shows excellent hand technique, likely due in part to his college experience as a nationally competitive wrestler, has great lateral movement and is always around the ball.

If he can stay healthy, the Browns might have that defensive line steal they were hoping for. Garay himself doesn't lack for confidence. "I can do anything anybody else in the league can do", he declared after the draft. The Browns, and Browns fans, hope that he's right.

- AB

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